Join Together (Steve Allen song)

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"Join Together"
Single by Steve Allen
B-side"Silas Peabody"
Released1973
Format45 RPM single
Recorded1973
GenrePop
LabelViking VS 283
Songwriter(s)Steve Allen
Producer(s)Keith Southern[1]
Steve Allen singles chronology
""Top Of The World"" "Join Together" ""Ain't It Nice""

Join Together was a hit for singer Steve Allen in 1974. The song was chosen for the Commonwealth Games that year. It was released on the Viking record label.

Background[edit]

Allen had previously had a no 1 hit in New Zealand with his version of "Top Of The World".[2][3] "Join Together" was recorded in winter at Wellington in the EMI studios in the winter of 1973. The backing track was recorded with just three musicians. It just had Allen on piano, a drummer and bassist. The other parts were added later.[4] It was an entrant in the Studio One competition. Competing against "Country Spring" by Larry Philip, "Take My Life" by Desna Sisselitch, "Natural Man by Bunny Walters, "What Do You Do" by Lutha, and "Games Spirit" by Nash Chase,[5] it won by a margin of 30,000.[6] The song made it to no 2 in the Top 20, and was kept from the no 1 spot by Helen Reddy's Delta Dawn.[7]

The song was banned in South Africa because the words freedom, race, peace, black and white were deemed unsuitable.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 45Cat - Record Details, Catalogue: VS 283
  2. ^ 45Cat - Steve Allen (New Zealand) - Discography
  3. ^ Hawkes Bay Today, 30 July 2011 - Let's 'join together' again
  4. ^ New Zealand History - 'Join together' song, 1974 Commonwealth Games
  5. ^ The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue → 24039, Studio One
  6. ^ The New Zealand Herald, 30 July 1973 - $300 goes to winner of song contest
  7. ^ Hawke's Bay Today, 30 July 2011 - Let's 'join together' again
  8. ^ The Commonwealth Games: Extraordinary Stories behind the Medals, By Brian Oliver - Page 102