Cherish (Kool & the Gang song)

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Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Emergency
B-side"Ladies' Night"
ReleasedMay 10, 1985
Format7" single
GenrePop, R&B, post-disco
Length4:47 (Album)
3:58 (Single)
5:43 (Extended single version)
LabelDe-Lite Records
Songwriter(s)Robert Earl Bell
Ronald Nathan Bell
James L Bonnefond
George Melvin Brown
Claydes Charles Smith
James "J.T." Taylor
Curtis "Fitz" Williams
Kool & the Gang singles chronology

"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 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.

Different remixes[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 right as 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.

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 feat. Van der Toorn version[edit]

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

Samples (and lyrics) from this song were used in Pappa Bear's song of the same name in 1997. This version is largely unknown in America where the music video is set but experienced significant chart success in Europe and Australia.

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


Weekly charts
Chart (1997-98) Peak
UK Singles Chart 47
German Singles Chart 2
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart[20] 2
Dutch Singles Chart 4
Belgian Singles Chart 39
Swedish Singles Chart 20
Norwegian Singles Chart 7
Australian Singles Chart 7
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Year-end charts
Chart (1998) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 4

Other cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]


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  14. ^ "Kool the Gang Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
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