Power to All Our Friends

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"Power to All Our Friends"
Single by Cliff Richard
B-side "Come Back Billie Jo" (Murray-Macaulay)
Released April 1973
Format 7" Single, 45 rpm
Recorded December 28, 1972 Abbey Road/London
Genre Pop
Length 3:02
Label EMI 2012
Writer(s) Guy Fletcher/Doug Flett
Producer(s) David McKay
Cliff Richard singles chronology
"A Brand New Song"
"Power to All Our Friends"
"Help it Along"
United Kingdom "Power to All Our Friends"
Eurovision Song Contest 1973 entry
Country United Kingdom
Artist(s) Cliff Richard
Language English
Composer(s) Guy Fletcher
Lyricist(s) Doug Flett
Conductor David McKay
Finals performance
Final result 3rd
Final points 123
Appearance chronology
◄ "Beg, Steal or Borrow" (1972)   
"Long Live Love" (1974) ►

"Power to All Our Friends" is a song by Cliff Richard. He entered it as the British entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1973. It came third.

It was selected by a postal vote decided by BBC Television viewers after he performed all six songs on A Song For Europe featured on Cilla Black's BBC1 Saturday evening show Cilla.

It was released in the UK as a single in 1973 and reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart. The B-side was "Come Back Billie Jo", which was the runner-up in the contest for the British entry.

It was criticised for containing a solecism where it described a girl as "laying down in Monte Carlo" - it meant "lying down". For the live performance of the song at the Eurovision final, BBC boss Bill Cotton requested that Cliff sing the correct English "lying down in Monte Carlo".

Cliff Richard had also previously represented the United Kingdom in 1968 with "Congratulations", which came second.

Chart position[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
Netherlands 1
Norway 1
Sweden 1
Belgium 2
Ireland 2
Switzerland 3
Germany 4
United Kingdom 4
France 5
Austria 7
New Zealand 11
Spain 15
Australia 31
USA 109
Preceded by
"Beg, Steal or Borrow"
by The New Seekers
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
"Long Live Love"
by Olivia Newton-John