We Belong Together (Robert & Johnny song)
|"We Belong Together"|
|Single by Robert & Johnny|
|Genre||Rhythm and Blues|
|Writer(s)||Johnny Mitchell, Robert Carr, Sam Weiss|
"We Belong Together" was a 1958 American rhythm and blues hit by Robert & Johnny. It was written by Robert Carr, Johnny Mitchell, and Sam Weiss. It reached #12 on the R&B charts and #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
A rendition by Ritchie Valens was released in 1959 on the Del-Fi record label and can be found on several of his albums. It's also featured in a scene from the 1987 hit film about Valens, La Bamba in which the song was sung by Los Lobos.
In 1961, Jimmy Mullins, known as Jimmy Velvit, recorded it in the Dallas, Texas area. It was issued in January, 1962 on M-G-M's Cub Records label (K9105). It attracted a lot of attention and air-play and became the #1 song on the Dallas radio station, KLIF, for a period of six weeks.
A different singer, Jimmy Tennant, using the name Jimmy Velvet, had a #75 hit with the song on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. Tennant had initially recorded and released the song on his own Velvet label (co-owned with Ray Curran) in April, 1963 (Velvet 201-63), using the same name Mullins was using, Jimmy Velvit. That same issue was briefly re-issued in August, 1963 on the Cortland label's Witch Records subsidiary (#115) in an effort to take the Velvet Records release to a national level. Tennant used another song from the session, "I'm Gonna Try" as the flip side of both releases, the same song the earlier Jimmy Velvit (Jimmy Mullins) had used on his 1962 Cub version. That song had been written by Mullins. The hit release (as by Jimmy Velvet) on ABC-Paramount 10488 used "History Of Love" (recorded at the same April session) as the flip side, which was first issued by November, 1963.
Peaches & Herb included the song on their album, Let's Fall In Love.
In the 1997 film Selena, Abraham (Selena's father) sang this song to her as a little girl.
- Jimmy Velvit's Office Website Retrieved September 26, 2011
- The Official Website for Jimmy Velvet Retrieved September 26, 2011
- Abc-paramount Records, Inc., Appellant, v. Topps Record Distributing Co., Inc. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
Standard Catalog of American Records 1950-1975, editor Tim Neely