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'"
Released December 3, 1990
Genre Country
Length 5:23 (album version)
Label RCA/Curb
Writer(s) John Barlow Jarvis, Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet
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"
Single by Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton
Released 6 March 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:16
Label London
Cher singles chronology
"It Ain't Necessarily So"
(1994)
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
(1995)
"Walking in Memphis"
(1995)
Neneh Cherry singles chronology
"7 Seconds" (with Youssou N'Dour)
(1994)
"Love Can Build a Bridge"
(1995)
"Kids with Guns"
(2006)
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"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 December 1990 as the second single and title track from their album of the same name. It was a Top 5 country hit in mid-1991.

It was later covered by Children for Rwanda as a charity single in aid of Save the Children, reaching number 57 in the UK singles chart in September 1994. A new version recorded by American singers Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Swedish singer Neneh Cherry, British singer/guitarist Eric Clapton and with arrangements by David Campbell was released and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for one week in March 1995.[1] It was chosen as 1995's official Comic Relief single.[2]

Declan Galbraith sang the song on his 2002 self-titled debut album. Irish boy band Westlife covered it on their eighth studio album The Love Album.

The song was also sung by 10-year-old Britney Spears on Star Search in 1991.

The song's title was also used for a 1995 television miniseries about The Judds, Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge.

Content[edit]

The song is a country ballad 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.

Charts[edit]

The Judds[edit]

"Love Can Build a Bridge" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of December 8, 1990.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 6
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 65
U.S. Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 51

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 578. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Comic Relief charity singles
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1459." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 9, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Judds – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Judds.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Hits of the World Continued > Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 107 (14): 61. April 8, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Cher - Top Titel" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Can Build a Bridge". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 1995-03-19". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  14. ^ "Cher: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  15. ^ "Najlepsze single na UK Top 40-1995 wg sprzedaży" (in Polish). Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton – Love Can Build a Bridge". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Love Can Build a Bridge in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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Preceded by
"Think Twice"
by Celine Dion
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
March 13, 1995 - March 19, 1995
Succeeded by
"Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)"
by The Outhere Brothers