Friends and Lovers (song)

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"Friends and Lovers"
Friends and Lovers single.jpg
Single by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
from the album Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
B-side"You Always Knew" (Gloria Loring)
Format7" (45 rpm)
GenrePop, contemporary R&B
LabelUSA Carrere
Songwriter(s)Jay Gruska, Paul Gordon
Producer(s)Yves Dessca, Doug Lenier, Carl Anderson

"Friends and Lovers" is a song written by Jay Gruska and Paul Gordon.[1] The song was first recorded as a duet by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson in 1985 for the soap opera Days of Our Lives, produced by Doug Lenier. That recording remained unreleased until the summer of 1986, when it was released shortly after a version by Juice Newton and Eddie Rabbitt hit country radio. The country version featured the altered title of "Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)".

Pop version[edit]

Gloria Loring is a singer and actress who beginning in 1980 portrayed the character Liz Chandler on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives. Her character was a lounge singer, so Loring was often called upon to perform on-screen; one of the songs she performed during this period was "Friends and Lovers". The song became the theme music for one of the popular supercouples on the show in the mid 1980s, Shane Donovan and Kimberly Brady (portrayed by Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease).[2]

In 1985, Carl Anderson (known for his portrayal of Judas Iscariot in both the film and stage versions of the Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar) appeared on Days of our Lives and performed the duet with Loring. The commercial release of this duet was delayed for months before becoming available in the summer of 1986, first as a single on the label USA Carrere, then later on Anderson's self-titled album on Epic Records and Loring's eponymous album on Atlantic Records. According to Loring, it had been turned down by most of the major American record labels at the time, and she had taken to referring to the song informally as "Friends and Lawyers".[2]

The song was a hit when released, spending two weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late September and early October 1986, only behind "Stuck with You" by Huey Lewis and the News. It remained in the Top 40 for 14 weeks. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard sales chart and No. 2 on the airplay chart (the two components of the Hot 100 chart). It also spent two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart. "Friends and Lovers" would be the only Top 40 hit for either performer. Loring would leave Days of our Lives the same year the single appeared on the music charts. Anderson died in 2004 from complications arising from a long battle with leukemia.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 54

Country version[edit]

"Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)"
Single by Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton
from the album Rabbitt Trax (Rabbitt) and Old Flame (Newton)
B-side"A World Without Love"
ReleasedJune 1986
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)Jay Gruska, Paul Gordon
Producer(s)Richard Landis
Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton singles chronology
"Repetitive Regret"
"Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)"
"Gotta Have You"
Juice Newton singles chronology
"Old Flame"
"Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)"
"Cheap Love"

In 1986, country-pop singers Juice Newton and Eddie Rabbitt released a version of "Friends and Lovers", altering the title to emphasize the final line of the chorus. Technically, Newton and Rabbitt's recording is a pre-release cover version, since it was commercially available before the pop version was released. Therefore, even though Loring and Anderson recorded the song first, Newton and Rabbitt are credited with the original commercial version. Their duet was called "Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)", and although its arrangement differed from Loring and Anderson's recording, it is lyrically the same song. Both Newton ("Queen of Hearts", "Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me") and Rabbitt ("I Love a Rainy Night", "Every Which Way but Loose") had already enjoyed considerable success on both the pop and country music charts, and their version of the duet went to No. 1 on the Billboard country chart. This was Newton's final No. 1 though her last solo No. 1 had come eight months earlier with "Hurt".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

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