Don't Give Up on Us (song)

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"Don't Give Up on Us"
David Soul - Don't Give Up On Us single cover.jpg
Single by David Soul
B-side "Black Bean Soup"[1]
Released 1976 (UK)[1]
January 1977 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded 1976
Genre Soft rock[2]
Length 3:32
Label Private Stock[1]
Writer(s) Tony Macaulay[1]
Producer(s) Tony Macaulay[1]
David Soul singles chronology
"Don't Give Up on Us"
"Going in With My Eyes Open"

"Don't Give Up on Us" is a song by American-British singer David Soul.[1] Riding high on the success of playing in the hit TV show Starsky and Hutch, Soul returned to one of his early career choices as a singer. His debut, the Tony Macaulay-written-and-produced "Don't Give Up on Us" was a worldwide smash, spending four weeks at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in January and February 1977,[3] and a single week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1977. In addition, the song spent one week at No. 1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart.[4] It has sold 1.16 million copies in the UK.[5]

Its B-side, "Black Bean Soup",[1] was a duet with actress Lynne Marta, whom Soul was involved with at the time.

"Don't Give Up on Us" was rated No. 93 in VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders because, despite having more hits in the UK, Soul was never again able to reach the top forty in the US. Soul recorded a new version of the song in 2004, allegedly after being embarrassed when hearing it by chance in an elevator as sung by Owen Wilson in the film version of Starsky and Hutch.[citation needed]

Zsa Zsa Padilla revived this in 1998, making it the first Filipino revival. Piolo Pascual also covered this song for the soundtrack of the film of the same title in the Philippines.

The song was also used in the film Johnny English Reborn (2011).

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"When a Child Is Born (Soleado)" by Johnny Mathis
UK Singles Chart number-one single
January 15, 1977 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" by Julie Covington
Preceded by
"Southern Nights" by Glen Campbell
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
April 9, 1977 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Right Time of the Night" by Jennifer Warnes
Preceded by
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 16, 1977 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "David Soul - Don't Give Up On Us (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ "VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs". Stereogum. SpinMedia. May 31, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 335–6. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 227. 
  5. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  7. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  8. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  9. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1977-04-03. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2016-05-04. 
  12. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  13. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1977 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1977-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  14. ^ "1970s Singles Chart Archive". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977". Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  16. ^ Billboard. 1977-12-24. p. Front cover. Retrieved 2016-10-11. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  18. ^ "Chart Archive – 1970s Singles". Retrieved June 18, 2016. 

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