Get Together (The Youngbloods song)

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"Get Together"
Single by The Youngbloods
from the album The Youngbloods
A-side "Get Together"
B-side "All My Dreams Blue" (original)
"Beautiful" (re-issue)
Released July 1967 (original)
June 1969 (re-issue)
Format 7"
Recorded 1966
Genre Psychedelic rock folk rock
Length 4:37
Label RCA Victor 9264 (original)
RCA Victor 9752 (re-issue)
Writer(s) Chet Powers
Producer(s) Felix Pappalardi
The Youngbloods singles chronology
"Darkness, Darkness"
(1969)
"Get Together"
(1969)
"Sunlight"
(1969)

"Get Together", also known as "Let's Get Together", is a song written in the early 1960s by American singer-songwriter Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti).

The song is an appeal for peace and brotherhood, presenting the polarity of love versus fear, and the choice to be made between them. It is best remembered for the impassioned plea in the lines of its refrain, which is repeated several times in succession to bring the song to its conclusion.

Recording history[edit]

The song was originally recorded as "Let's Get Together" by The Kingston Trio and released on June 1, 1964, on their album Back in Town.[1] While it was not released as a single, this version was the first to bring the song to the attention of the general public. The Kingston Trio often performed it live.

A version of the song first broke into the top forty in 1965, when We Five, produced by Kingston Trio manager Frank Werber, released "Let's Get Together" as the follow-up to their top ten hit "You Were on My Mind." While it did not achieve the same level of success as the other, "Let's Get Together" provided the group with a second top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when it peaked at #31.[2] It would be their last hit record.

In 1967, The Youngbloods released their version of the song under the title "Get Together." It became a minor Hot 100 hit for them, peaking at #62 and reaching #37 on the US adult contemporary chart.[3] However, renewed interest in the Youngbloods' version came when it was used in a radio public service announcement as a call for brotherhood by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The Youngbloods' version, the most-remembered today, was re-released in 1969, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

In 1968, The Sunshine Company released a version of the song entitled "Let's Get Together" as a single that reached #112 on the Billboard chart.[5]

In 1970, Gwen & Jerry Collins released a version of the song as a single that reached #34 on the US country chart.[6]

In March 1970, The Dave Clark Five reached #8 on the UK Singles Chart with their version retitled "Everybody Get Together."[7]

In 1995, Big Mountain released a version of the song entitled as a single that reached #28 on the US adult contemporary chart and #44 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8]

Other cover versions[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the media conglomerate company Clear Channel Communications included The Youngbloods' version of the song on a list of "lyrically questionable" songs that was sent to its 1,200 radio stations in the United States.

In popular culture[edit]

The Youngbloods version of the song has been featured in several films, including Purple Haze, Forrest Gump, The Dish, Stephen King's Riding the Bullet, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and most recently Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

In The Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror II Lisa wishes for world peace and her wish comes true. All people on Earth start singing "Get Together" and dance in a large peace sign.

The South Park episode Smug Alert contains a parody of the song which repeats the line "come on people now" several times.

A snippet of the Youngbloods version of the song was used in a 2014 commercial for KFC.

A snippet of the Youngbloods version of the song was played in the beginning of Bart's dream in The Simpsons episode "Oh Brother, Where Bart Thou?"

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