Let's Stay Together (song)
|"Let's Stay Together"|
|Single by Al Green|
|from the album Let's Stay Together|
3:164:50 (full version)
Al Jackson, Jr.
|"Let's Stay Together"|
|Single by Tina Turner|
|from the album Private Dancer|
|B-side||"I Wrote a Letter"|
|Released||November 7, 1983UK)(|
|Format||7", 12" single|
|Genre||Synthpop, funk, soul|
|Length||3:33 (7"), 5:14 (LP/12" single)|
|Tina Turner singles chronology|
"Let's Stay Together" is a song by Al Green on his 1972 album of the same name. The song was produced and recorded by Willie Mitchell, and mixed by Mitchell and Terry Manning. Released as a single in 1971, "Let's Stay Together" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for 16 weeks and also topped Billboard's R&B chart for nine weeks. It was ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The song went on to claim the number-one position on the Billboard Year-End chart as an R&B song for 1972.
Tina Turner version
"Let's Stay Together" was later covered by Tina Turner, her second collaboration with the British Heaven 17/B.E.F. production team after "Ball of Confusion" in 1982, and served as her comeback single in late 1983, charting at #26 on the US Hot 100. It placed #6 in the UK (one place higher than Al Green's original) and became the third time she reached the UK top ten, the first two being with former husband Ike Turner on "River Deep, Mountain High" and "Nutbush City Limits". Tina Turner's version also hit #1 on the US Dance Chart. At the time, the song was the most successful solo single she had released and it was included on her multi-platinum selling album Private Dancer, released a few months later in the spring of 1984.
- Versions and mixes (Tina Turner version)
- 7" edit – 3:38
- Extended 12" Mix/Private Dancer album version – 5:14
Other cover versions
"Let's Stay Together" has also been covered by Margie Joseph (who had also recorded in Memphis contemporaneous to Green, but offered a Philly-inspired version produced by Arif Mardin), Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Michael Bolton, Ms. Marilyn Marshall (Club version), Donny Osmond, Jimmy Smith, Seal, Michelle Williams, Ian Moss, Boyz II Men, Bobby Ross Avila, Big Mountain, Isaac Hayes, Robin Thicke, Brian Kennedy, Maroon 5, as well as by At Last on the first season of America's Got Talent, who performed it a cappella. It has also been covered by soul singer Lemar. Shirley Bassey covered the song on her 1995 album Sings the Movies. An instrumental version very close to the Al Green original was recorded by The Memphis Horns. The song has been performed on American Idol by Justin Guarini. On December 15th, 2010 on The Sing-Off it was performed a cappella by Season Two winners Committed (group). It has also been covered by Trenyce, Leah LaBelle, Joseph Murena, and Elise Testone. Australian soul singer Guy Sebastian recorded a cover version on his covers album The Memphis Album. UK R&B artist Craig David covers his very own version of the song on his album "Signed Sealed Delivered". Michael Bolton covered the song on his 1999 album Timeless: The Classics Vol. 2. In 1989, The Rippingtons released an album titled "Tourist in Paradise", on that album is featured the song "Let's Stay Together". In 2004, saxophonist Eric Darius performed a rendition of the "Let's Stay Together". Eric's version was from the album Night on the Town. American pop singer Katy Perry performing the song at Barack Obama Fundraising Concert in Best Buy Theater, New York City on October 7, 2012.
Appearance in other media
The song can also be heard in the film Down To You.
Likewise, an instrumental version of the song appears in episode 23 of the anime adaptation of Monster.
The song appears in the movie Blue Chips starring Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal.
United States President Barack Obama performed a brief phrase of the song during an appearance at the Apollo Theater in New York City on January 19, 2012, for a campaign fundraiser that included Al Green as an opening act. In the week following, sales of Green's recording of the song increased by 490%.
Al Green (1972)
|US Hot 100||1|
Tina Turner (1983)
|US Hot 100||26|
- Billboard Year-End
- Hot 100 number-one hits of 1972 (United States)
- Number-one dance hits of 1984 (USA)
- R&B number-one hits of 1972 (USA)
- British release date
- British certification
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 237.
- [dead link]
- "The National Recording Registry 2010". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 593.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 265.
- Robert Flack album, Roberta, released 1994. See Roberta (album)
- The Rippingtons (1989-05-15). ""Tourist in Paradise 1989" from". Answers.com. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
- "Night on the Town - Eric Darius" from Billboard.com
- "Fringemunks Web site". Davidwumusic.com. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
- "Obama, crooner in chief, sings some Al Green at N.Y. fundraiser". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- "Song Artist Tina Turner". Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- "Song Artist Tina Turner". Retrieved 3 January 2013.
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