Glory of Love
|"Glory of Love"|
|Single by Peter Cetera|
|from the album Solitude/Solitaire and The Karate Kid Part II|
|B-side||"On the Line"|
|Songwriter(s)||Peter Cetera, David Foster and Diane Nini|
|Peter Cetera singles chronology|
"Glory of Love" is a 1986 song by Peter Cetera written and composed by Cetera, David Foster, and Cetera's then-wife Diane Nini, and recorded by Cetera shortly after he left the band Chicago to pursue a solo career. Featured in the 1986 film The Karate Kid Part II, it was Cetera's first hit single after he left the band, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and it was included on his 1986 album, Solitude/Solitaire, which Michael Omartian produced. (Cetera released this album to coincide with the theatrical release of The Karate Kid Part II.)
"Glory of Love" peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 2, 1986, remaining in that spot for two weeks. It also spent five weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart. Billboard ranked it as number fourteen on the Top Pop Singles of 1986,:Y-21 and number four on the Top Adult Contemporary Singles of 1986.:Y-27 The song achieved similar success in the UK, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart, where it was the 26th best-selling single of 1986.
The song earned nominations for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Golden Globe in the category of Best Original Song. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987 for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male Artist.
According to Cetera, he originally wrote and composed "Glory of Love" as the end title for the 1985 film Rocky IV, but it was passed over by United Artists, and instead was used as the theme for The Karate Kid Part II. The song is often incorrectly credited as being performed by Cetera's former band Chicago owing to its similarity in style to many of the band's final hits with Cetera as lead vocalist.
The version released as a single and featured on Cetera's album Solitude/Solitaire is edited, missing the beginning eight-second section of the song's bridge which is heard in The Karate Kid Part II.
- Peter Cetera: vocals
- Dann Huff: electric guitars
- Paul Leim: drums
- Michael Omartian: keyboards
- Willie Alexander: Fairlight programming
- Steve Azbill: PPG Wave Term synthesizer programming
- Erich Bulling: synthesizers, drum programming
- The song was covered by New Found Glory on their 2000 album From the Screen to Your Stereo.
- A cover was also performed by Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado on Zaragoza's 2000 album Ibigay Mo Na.
- Australian boy band North covered the song, which was released as their first single from their 2004 self-titled debut album, reaching number one on the Asian music charts.
- Japanese pop artist Melody included the song on her third album Ready to Go! which she released in 2007.
- Venezuelan pop vocal band Voz Veis included an a cappella version of the song on their live acoustic album Una Noche Común y Sin Corriente (2009). In this cover, the lyrics were shortened from the original.
- In 2010, Canadian artist Zameer released an acoustic version of the song on his album From Under the Bleachers. The single reached #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in Canada.
- In 2011, the song was parodied by The Fringemunks as part of a medley that recapped Fringe episode 3.21, "The Last Sam Weiss."
- In 2011, Canadian artist Karl Wolf greatly sampled on the song in his released single "Ghetto Love" featuring Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall. The single was released in Canada on Universal Republic.
References in other media
- In one episode of the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch "Jarret's Room", DJ Johnathan Feinstein (played by Seth Meyers), plays a sample of "Glory of Love" to open for each walk-on character. He admits that The Karate Kid Part II soundtrack was the only music he had since he had to pack up his dorm to move out of the residence halls.
- "Glory of Love" was performed as the finale of the Irish stage show, Riot, in 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
45 rpm single
The single has not been certified gold or platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), although the record album that it appeared on, Solitude/Solitaire, has been certified both gold and platinum. The single came out at a time when sales of 45-rpm vinyl records were in rapid decline. One record company executive estimated that sales of the "Glory of Love" single was down by over a quarter of a million units compared to what it might have been a few years earlier.
"Glory of Love" made its first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US at number 62, for the week ending on June 7, 1986, and debuted at number 59 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart that same date. In the same issue, Cash Box also shows the single as a new release.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||9|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||11|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||19|
|Germany (Official German Charts)|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||18|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||25|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||5|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
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