Up Where We Belong" is a Platinum-certified, Grammy Award-winning hit song written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings. It was recorded by Joe Cocker (lead vocals) and Jennifer Warnes (lead and background vocals) for the smash 1982 film . An Officer and a Gentleman [2 ]
Use in the film [ edit ]
Richard Gere balked at shooting the ending of the film, in which Zack arrives at Paula's factory wearing his naval dress whites and carries her off the factory floor; he thought that wouldn't work because it was too sentimental. Director Taylor Hackford agreed with Gere until, during a rehearsal, the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. When Gere saw the scene later, with the music added ("Up Where We Belong"), he said it gave him chills. Gere is now convinced Hackford made the right decision.
Don Simpson unsuccessfully demanded "Up Where We Belong" be cut from An Officer and a Gentleman, saying, "The song is no good. It isn't a hit."
Release and awards [ edit ]
However, the American Top 40 radio stations disagreed with Simpson's comments, as the single, released by
Island Records in 1982, hit #1 on the U.S. [4 ] on November 6, 1982 and held the top chart position for three consecutive weeks, also reaching number 7 in the Billboard Hot 100 UK Singles Chart. It was certified Platinum by the [2 ] RIAA for sales of over two million copies in the United States.
"Up Where We Belong" won the
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983. It also won the [2 ] BAFTA Film Awards for Best Original Song in 1984. Cocker and Warnes also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1983 for their rendition of this song. In 2004 it finished at #75 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
In popular culture [ edit ]
Patti LaBelle performed a gospel version of the song entitled 'Lord Lift Us Up Where We Belong' on her Look To The Rainbow Tour in 1985.
Cover versions [ edit ]
The Shadows did an instrumental version of the song in 1983, on their album . XXV Cocker performed the song with
Joan Baez singing Warnes' lines in the 1986 TV special ' 60s Reunion at the Fillmore.
Frank Galan & Sandra Kim did a Dutch version in 1997, entitled De liefde neemt ons mee.
Bebe Winans & Cece Winans did a version of the song in 1984, on their album Lord lift us up Namibian singer
Nianell and South African singer Dozi did a version of the song in 2009 on their album It Takes Two. [5 ]
Charts and sales [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ AllMusic Review
^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
^ "Gere begged director not to shoot romantic scene". PR Inside. 2007-04-29. http://www.pr-inside.com/gere-begged-director-not-to-shoot-r108124.htm.
^ Jennifer Warnes, official home site
^ http://www.kalahari.com/Music/It-Takes-Two_p_34516058?gclid=CKeQ-t3v67sCFYUewwodXAsAGw Retrieved 7 January 2014
^ Kent, David (1993). . Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
^ " Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong) – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
^ " Ultratop.be – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
^ Nyman, Jake (2005). (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
^ " Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
^ Search for Irish peaks
^ " Charts.org.nz – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong)". Top 40 Singles.
^ " Norwegiancharts.com – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong)". VG-lista.
^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
^ " Swedishcharts.com – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong)". Singles Top 60.
^ " Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
^ "Canadian single certifications – Joe Cocker – Up Where We Belong". Music Canada . Retrieved 23 February 2013.
External links [ edit ]
Fame" Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore (1980) "
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Music & Lyrics by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross, & Carole Bayer Sager (1981) "
Up Where We Belong" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie (1982) "
Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1983) "
I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics by Stevie Wonder (1984) "
Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics by Lionel Richie (1985) "
Take My Breath Away" Lyrics by Tom Whitlock, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1986) "
(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz (1987) "
Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics by Carly Simon/" Two Hearts" Lyrics by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont Dozier (1988) "
Under the Sea" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1989)