We All Stand Together
|"We All Stand Together"|
|Single by Paul McCartney|
|B-side||"We All Stand Together (Humming Version)"|
|Released||12 November 1984|
Children's music, baroque pop
|Paul McCartney singles chronology|
"We All Stand Together" (sometimes referred to as the Frog Song or the Frog Chorus) is a song by Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus.
History and charts
"We All Stand Together" is from the animated film Rupert and the Frog Song and reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in 1984. Originally released in June 1983, McCartney re-released the single on the Christmas charts in 1984.
The "Frog Chorus" backing on the song was provided by the King's Singers choral group and the choir of St Paul's Cathedral. The 'flute playing frog' was Elena Durán. The B-side of the single contains a "Humming Version" of the song performed by McCartney and the Finchley Frogettes.
The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart one year later in 1985, one of three hits to do so that originally charted in December 1984 ("Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid and "Last Christmas" by Wham! were the other two).
Despite its relative success, the song attracted criticism for its light subject matter and is sometimes cited as a sign of the decline of McCartney's songwriting talent after The Beatles, despite being recorded for a children's film.
- Paul McCartney - lead and backing vocals, arranger
- The King's Singers - backing vocals
- George Martin - arranger
- Elena Durán - flute
- Kenneth Sillito - orchestral arrangement
- Geoff Emerick - engineer
Two shaped picture discs were issued on the 12 November 1984 and 1985, the only difference being a plain clear sleeve on the later version. The song also appears on the UK/Canada version of McCartney's 1987 compilation album, All the Best!.
In Monterrey, Mexico, the song's music video played at the start of each broadcast day on Channel 12, minutes before the show ¡Mira qué bonito!, hosted by Romulo Lozano, Raul Salcedo "Cascarita" and Esperancita Berrones.
In Mexico City, it was shown at the beginning of each broadcast day on Canal 5.
In November 2014, the song was in a Christmas advert for department store Debenhams.
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- "Paul McCartney - We All Stand Together". Retrieved 26 October 2011.