Love Can Build a Bridge

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"Love Can Build a Bridge"
Single by the Judds
from the album Love Can Build a Bridge
B-side"This Country's Rockin'"
Released1990 (1990)
GenreCountry[1]
Length5:23 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Brent Maher
The Judds singles chronology
"Born to Be Blue"
(1990)
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
(1990)
"One Hundred and Two"
(1991)
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
Love Can Build a Bridge (CD cover).jpg
Single by Cher, Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton
ReleasedMarch 6, 1995 (1995-03-06)[2]
Length4:16
LabelLondon
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Peter Asher
Cher singles chronology
"I Got You Babe"
(1994)
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
(1995)
"Walking in Memphis"
(1995)
Chrissie Hynde singles chronology
"I Got You Babe"
(1985)
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
(1995)
"Straight Ahead"
(2004)
Neneh Cherry singles chronology
"7 Seconds"
(1994)
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
(1995)
"Woman"
(1996)

"Love Can Build a Bridge" is a song written by Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet, and John Barlow Jarvis, and recorded by American country music duo the Judds. It was released in 1990 as the second single and title track from their album of the same name. It was a top-five country hit in mid-1991.

The song was later covered by Children for Rwanda as a charity single in aid of Save the Children, reaching number 57 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1994. A new version recorded by American singers Cher and Chrissie Hynde, Swedish singer Neneh Cherry, and British singer-guitarist Eric Clapton was released as 1995's official Comic Relief single.[3] This version topped the UK Singles Chart for one week in March 1995; it was Cher's and Hynde's second solo UK number-one hit and the only UK number-one single for both Cherry and Clapton.[4]

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The song is about the importance of always standing together, and was co-written by Naomi Judd and dedicated to the Judd family and fans as almost a goodbye, as at the time Naomi was chronically ill with Hepatitis-C and was forced to retire as it had been speculated that she had only three years left to live.[citation needed]

Charts and sales[edit]

The Judds version[edit]

Cher, Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton version[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 200,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/song/love-can-build-a-bridge-mt0003151151
  2. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music Week. March 4, 1995. p. 31. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Comic Relief's biggest selling singles revealed!". Official Charts Company. March 15, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 578. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1459." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 9, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Judds Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "RPM 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 21, 1991. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  8. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Hits of the World Continued > Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 107 no. 14. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. April 8, 1995. p. 61. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Week 15, 1995
  12. ^ "Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Can Build a Bridge". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  14. ^ "Cher & Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  15. ^ "Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  17. ^ "Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  18. ^ "Cher: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Singles 1995". Music Week. January 13, 1996. p. 9.
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 16, 2021.

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