Up Where We Belong

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"Up Where We Belong"
Single by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
from the album An Officer and a Gentleman soundtrack
B-side "Sweet Lil' Woman" (Joe Cocker)
Released August, 1982 (Debuted on the Hot 100 the week ending August 21)
Format CD, Cassette
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop[1]
Length 4:00
Label Island
Writer(s) Jack Nitzsche
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Will Jennings[2]
Producer(s) Stewart Levine
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes singles chronology
"Talking Back to the Night"
(1982)
"Up Where We Belong"
(1982)
"Threw It Away"
(1983)

"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.[3]

Producer 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,[4] hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 6, 1982 and held the top chart position for three consecutive weeks, also reaching number 7 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] It was certified Platinum by the 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.[2] It also won the 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 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]

Chart (1982-1983) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 32
Canada (RPM) 1
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 13
Germany (Media Control Charts)[10] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 3
Spain (AFYVE)[14] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 7
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
Preceded by
"Who Can It Be Now?" by Men at Work
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
November 6, 1982 - November 20, 1982 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Truly" by Lionel Richie

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Gold 5,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic Review
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Jennifer Warnes, official home site
  5. ^ http://www.kalahari.com/Music/It-Takes-Two_p_34516058?gclid=CKeQ-t3v67sCFYUewwodXAsAGw Retrieved 7 January 2014
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong) – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong)". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong)". VG-lista.
  14. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong)". Singles Top 60.
  16. ^ "Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Joe Cocker – Up Where We Belong". Music Canada. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 

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