We're All Alone

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"We're All Alone"
Song by Boz Scaggs from the album Silk Degrees
Released 1976
Genre Rock
Length 4:12
Label Columbia
Writer Boz Scaggs
Producer Joe Wissert
"We're All Alone"
Single by Rita Coolidge
from the album Anytime...Anywhere
B-side "Southern Lady"
Released June 1977
Format 7" single
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:38
Label A&M
Writer(s) Boz Scaggs
Producer(s) David Anderle
Rita Coolidge singles chronology
"(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher"
(1977)
"We're All Alone"
(1977)
"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
(1977)

"We're All Alone" is a song written by Boz Scaggs, who introduced it on his 1976 album Silk Degrees. "We're All Alone" was a 1977 top-ten hit for Rita Coolidge in the US and the UK.

Scaggs' original was featured as the B side of two of his 45 RPM singles: "What Can I Say" and "Lido Shuffle," the third and fourth charting hits from that LP.

Early versions[edit]

A heartfelt ballad which closed Silk Degrees, "We're All Alone" garnered attention soon after the album's March 1976 release. Frankie Valli had a single version which reached #78 in August 1976 and in the spring of 1977 a version by Bruce Murray was an airplay item in Canada.

The Walker Brothers - one of Scaggs' formative influences [1] - cut "We're All Alone" for their Lines album; the track had an October 1976 single release in the UK where the Frankie Valli version had a single release that July; the Walker Brothers' version did reach #22 in the Netherlands in August 1977 a month before the Rita Coolidge version reached the Dutch charts.

In March 1977 the version by the Three Degrees - recorded for the album Standing Up For Love - was a UK single release meaning that the Rita Coolidge version of "We're All Alone" which reached UK #7 that summer was the fourth UK single release to feature the song as an A-side.

Scaggs' own version of "We're All Alone" was the standard B-side of his international single release "Lido Shuffle" including its release in the US and UK where "Lido Shuffle" respectively charted at #11 and #13. However in Australia Scaggs' "We're All Alone" was issued with "Lowdown" as the flip to become a double A-side chart entry reaching #54 in the autumn of 1977, the only evident instance of the Scaggs original charting.

In March 1977 C&W singer LaCosta had a single release of "We're All Alone" in both the US - where it charted at #75 C&W - and also the UK where the track was the B-side of a remake of "I Second That Emotion".

In a 1976 interview with Creem magazine Scaggs stated that Michael Jackson had cut versions of "We're All Alone" and another Silk Degrees cut "What Can I Say" but if so these tracks have never been released.[2]

Rita Coolidge version[edit]

The Rita Coolidge version of "We're All Alone" was featured on the album Anytime...Anywhere released in March 1977.

Coolidge would recall: "When I was with A&M Records, it was like a family. I would visit Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, and it was a very open, communicative group of people. One day I was in Jerry Moss' office and he said that the Boz Scaggs album Silk Degrees was in a million homes and there was a song on it that was perfect for a woman to sing. He said, 'It's called "We're All Alone" and as he's not doing it as a single, I think you ought to record it.'"[3]

The original lyrics of "We're All Alone" include lines "Close your eyes Aimie" and "Throw it to the wind my love". Coolidge sings these lines as "Close your eyes and dream" and "Owe it to the wind my love".

Although the first single off the US release of Anytime...Anywhere was "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher", "We're All Alone" was the first single taken off the album in the UK where it reached #6 in August 1977 when "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" was moving up the US Top 10; that same month "We're All Alone" reached #6 in Ireland. In September Coolidge's version of "We're All Alone" entered the Dutch charts where it would peak at #15 (in August the Walker Brothers' version had reached #22 on the Dutch charts).

The second single from Anytime...Anywhere in the US, "We're All Alone" there ascended to #7 that September: the track also received enough airplay in the C&W market to reach #68 on the C&W chart.

"We're All Alone" was the first of Coolidge's two Adult Contemporary #1 hits [4] - the second would be "All Time High" - and after "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" was her second single to be certified gold for US sales of 1,000,000.

In December 1977, "We're All Alone" entered the charts in Australia to remain for 16 weeks with a #32 peak - the original Boz Scaggs version had been a minor Australian hit in the autumn of 1977 reaching #54 in a tandem charting with its flip "Lowdown".

In New Zealand Coolidge's "We're All Alone" charted with a #37 peak in February 1978.

Reportedly the concurrent availability of both the Boz Scaggs original and the Coolidge version of "We're All Alone" at radio stations moved some disc jockeys to splice together the two tracks into one unofficial duet - perhaps the earliest instance of that phenomenon.[citation needed]

Coolidge remade "We're All Alone" for her 2005 jazz release And So Is Love: Elysa Gardner of USA Today opined that Coolidge "brings a new wistfulness and knowing to her own hit of yore...proving that good interpretive singers, like fine wine, improve with age." [5]

Other versions[edit]

Other versions of "We're All Alone" have been recorded by Maj Britt ("Alene Her"), Cecilio & Kapono, Petula Clark ("On est tout seul"), Anne Cochran, Linda Eder, Mary O'Hara, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Monica Forsberg, René Froger, Kiri Te Kanawa, Engelbert Humperdinck, Arja Koriseva ("Me Kaksi Vain"), Kisu ("Niin yksin oon"), Liesbeth List ("Vertrouwd Gevoel"), Johnny Mathis, Ben Cramer "Gelukkig Zijn", Stutz Bear Cats, Reba McEntire with Jose e Durval ("Solo yo, sola tu"), Natalia, Newton, Mary O'Hara, Natalia Oreiro and also Manolo Otero ("Estamos Todos Solos"), Päivi ("Kun Luonain Oot"), Patty Pravo ("Da Soli Noi"), Kurt Ravn, Doreen Shaffer, Yulia, Beat Crusaders, Gilberto Santa Rosa ("Impaciencia") and Pieces of a Dream.

The 1997 release California Dreamin', a project comprising a cappella versions of soft rock classics credited to the West Coast All Stars, featured "We're All Alone" with a lead vocal by Bill Champlin: the other members of the West Coast All Stars were Jason Scheff, Bobby Kimball and Joseph Williams.

In 2005 bilingual singer Angela Aki of Japanese and Italian-American descent released a version of "We're All Alone" with her own Japanese lyrics retaining one verse in the original English.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dark Star 9-6/77". Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Buzz on Boz". Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Country Music People 10/06". Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 64. 
  5. ^ "USA Today-9/6/05". 6 September 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2009.