Cherish (Kool & the Gang song)

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"Cherish"
Cherish song.jpg
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Emergency
B-side
ReleasedMay 10, 1985
Recorded1984
GenrePop, R&B
Length4:47 (Album)
3:58 (Single)
5:43 (Extended single version)
LabelDe-Lite Records
Songwriter(s)
Kool & the Gang singles chronology
"Fresh"
(1985)
"Cherish"
(1985)
"Emergency"
(1985)

"Cherish" is a song by American R&B band Kool & the Gang, released in 1985. It was the third single released from the band's sixteenth studio album, Emergency. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and held the number 1 position on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for six weeks running. It would ultimately rank as the biggest Adult Contemporary chart hit of the 1980s.

The song is a romantic ballad that proved to be extremely popular when it was released and has since been a wedding song staple of sorts.

The song was composed in the key of B minor, though the chorus shifts to C major (the relative major chord to B-flat minor).

Different mixes[edit]

There are several different mixes of "Cherish". The original album version (length: 4:47) begins with the sound of a wave crashing on the beach followed by a (solely) keyboard intro. The entire first verse is sung without drums and percussion, which do not begin until the first chorus.

The single (and video) version of "Cherish" (length: 3:58) adds additional "beach" effects at the beginning and combines an acoustic guitar with the original keyboard introduction. Additional drumming, which this time starts immediately after J.T. Taylor begins singing the first verse, is also added throughout the song. Whereas the chorus is repeated (sung twice) after the first verse in the album version, it is only sung one time on the single; several bars of music are also cut from the outro.

There is also an extended 12-inch version of "Cherish" (length: 5:43) which includes the same flourishes that were added to the single/video version of the tune, plus saxophone parts during various sections of the song (introduction, bridge, etc.), including a whole additional sax interlude after the first chorus.

Furthermore, there is an edited mix of this 12-inch version (length: 4:22), where the bridge that appears in all of the other versions of the song is replaced by the same saxophone interlude that is included in the full 12-inch version.

Chart performance[edit]

"Cherish" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1985, remaining in the runner-up position for three weeks, behind "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits.[1] It was a number-one hit on both the R&B[1] and adult contemporary charts in the US, spending one week atop the R&B chart and six weeks atop the AC chart. In the UK, the song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart and remained there for three weeks.[2]

Pappa Bear version[edit]

"Cherish"
Single by Pappa Bear feat. Van der Toorn
from the album What's My Name?
ReleasedOctober 13, 1997
Recorded1997
Length3:52
LabelUniversal
Songwriter(s)Ronald Bell, James Taylor, Kool & the Gang
Producer(s)Bülent Aris, Toni Cottura
Pappa Bear feat. Van der Toorn singles chronology
"Cherish"
(1997)
"When the Rain Begins to Fall"
(1998)

Samples (and lyrics) from this song were used in Pappa Bear's song of the same name in 1997. This version was largely unknown in America, where the music video was set, but experienced significant chart success in Europe and Australia, peaking at number one in New Zealand for three weeks and charting within the top five in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Track listing[edit]

CD maxi

  1. "Cherish" (Radio) – 3:52
  2. "Cherish" (Extended) – 5:37
  3. "One 4 Da Money" – 5:02
  4. "Xtra Large" – 4:10

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997–1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[21] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[22] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[23] 39
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[24] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[25] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[26] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[27] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[28] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[29] 7
Scotland (OCC)[30] 84
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[31] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 2
UK Singles (OCC)[33] 47

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[34] 97
Germany (Official German Charts)[35] 24
Chart (1998) Position
Australia (ARIA)[36] 41
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[37] 37
Germany (Official German Charts)[38] 71
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[39] 57
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[40] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[41] 31

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[42] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[43] Gold 25,000*
Germany (BVMI)[44] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[45] Platinum 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[46] Gold 25,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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