Love Will Keep Us Together

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"Love Will Keep Us Together"
Single by Captain & Tennille
from the album Love Will Keep Us Together
Released 1975 (1975)
Format 7"
Recorded 1974
Genre Pop
Length 3:24
Label A&M
Writer(s) Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield
Producer(s) Daryl Dragon
Captain & Tennille singles chronology
"Love Will Keep Us Together"
"The Way I Want to Touch You"
Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" from Love Will Keep Us Together

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"Love Will Keep Us Together" is a popular song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, first recorded by Sedaka himself. Captain & Tennille's cover version, with instrumental backing by L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew was a worldwide hit in 1975.[1]

First versions[edit]

The song first appeared on Neil Sedaka's 1973 album The Tra-La Days Are Over which did not have a US release, his version of the song making its US album debut on the 1974 compilation album Sedaka's Back. It was released as a single in France, however, on the Polydor label. In West Germany, Sedaka's original was also included as the B-side of his 1976 hit, "Love in the Shadows."

"Love Will Keep Us Together" had its first single release via a UK recording by Mac and Katie Kissoon on September 28, 1973, but it failed to chart. This version also failed to chart in its US release in February 1974; however, it did become the first hit version of "Love Will Keep Us Together" by virtue of charting in the Netherlands in the autumn of 1973, peaking at #12 that December.

Captain & Tennille version[edit]

"Love Will Keep Us Together" was the title cut and lead single of Captain & Tennille's debut album, although "Captain" Daryl Dragon originally hoped that honor would go to the duo's rendition of "I Write the Songs". The single rose to #1 on both the Easy Listening[2] and pop charts, staying atop the latter for four weeks starting June 21, 1975. It also hit the top of the 1975 year-end chart. In the U.S. it was the best-selling single of 1975.[3]

"Love Will Keep Us Together" won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in February 1976.

Dragon and Tennille acknowledged Sedaka's authorship — as well as his mid-1970s comeback — by working the phrase "Sedaka is back" into the song's fadeout, where the applause from the studio musicians can be heard. Their version would earn Sedaka and Greenfield a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. 20 years later in 1995, they would re-record the song for their "Twenty Years of Romance" CD.

Por Amor Viviremos[edit]

While Love Will Keep Us Together was topping the charts in the summer of 1975, Captain & Tennille released a Spanish version of the song, Por Amor Viviremos. Por Amor Viviremos rose to #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving Captain & Tennille a rare feat of the identical song, in different languages and released as separate singles (rather than the A-side and B-side of one single), appearing simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100. Chicago radio station WLS AM 890 used the two versions to create a Spanglish version of the song for their own broadcasting use.

Por Amor Viviremos would later appear on their May 1976 album Por Amor Viviremos, a Spanish track-for-track rerecording of their album Love Will Keep Us Together. It also appears on the 2002 Hip-O compilation "Ultimate Collection: The Complete Hits".

Chart performance[edit]

Other covers[edit]

Andy Williams released a version in 1975 on his album, The Other Side of Me.

Ray Conniff and his singers released "Love will Keep Us Together/How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" medley for the 1975 Ray Conniff album "Love Will Keep Us Together"

In 1976, The Tubes covered "Love Will Keep Us Together" with a live show track on the album T.R.A.S.H..

Wilson Pickett recorded "Love Will Keep Us Together" for his 1976 album release Chocolate Mountain from which it was issued as a single. It reached #69 on the R&B charts.

In the 1979 Mae West movie Sextette, West and Timothy Dalton cover the tune in a Disco style.

In 1980 Ian Curtis of the band Joy Division wrote the song Love Will Tear Us Apart in response, he killed himself weeks after shooting the video. he died May 10th 1980 the day before their scheduled North American Tour.

In 1983, The Circle Jerks covered "Love Will Keep Us Together" as one of the six cover versions on "Golden Shower of Hits (Jerks on 45)", which appears on their third album with the same title.

In 1999, French singer Sheila, who is best known internationally as Sheila B. Devotion ('Spacer' 1979), covered the song for her album Dense. The song was released as a CD and 12 inch single with remixes in the Summer of 2000 (EMI France).

In 2000, Nickelback performed an impromptu cover on Andrew Denton's Musical Challenge on Australia's Triple M Sydney radio station. Nickelback later added it as a bonus track on some versions of their 2003 album The Long Road.

In 2007 the song was covered by Lazlo Bane for their 70's covers album Guilty Pleasures.

In 2009, Neil Sedaka rerecorded a spoof of his song, renaming it "Lunch Will Keep Us Together" for his first children's CD Waking Up Is Hard To Do.[4]

In 2010, Sarah Geronimo covered the song for her comedy-drama film Hating Kapatid


Ginger Rogers sang this on an episode of The Love Boat

Charo sang this as the opening song in her 1976 television special "Charo"

Jimmie Walker sang the song on the sitcom, Good Times, in the episode "JJ's Fiancee" airing on January 13, 1976

On the March 19, 1977 episode of The Carol Burnett Show, Neil Sedaka joined the cast and dancers in presenting several different interpretations of the song.

In season 3, episode 18 of The Muppet Show, first broadcast on February 10, 1979, Leslie Uggams sang the song as a duet with Big Bird.[5]

Jimmy Osmond performed the song as part of a "love" medley on the 1981 Osmond Family Holiday Special

The song was used in 1981 film Prince of the City, in the barbershop scene.

In the That '70s Show first episode, "That '70s Pilot", airing in 1998, at Kitty's party, the song could be heard in the background.

The song was also featured as the opening of the 2001 film Get Over It starring Kirsten Dunst. It also appears in the films Starsky and Hutch, Sextette, House Arrest and A Smile Like Yours.

The song is featured in the 2003 pilot of TV series Arrested Development to underscore the surprise the main character, Michael Bluth, feels after his father, George Bluth, announces that his wife, Lucille, will succeed him as President of The Bluth Companies.

A 2003 Kohl's Christmas commercial used the song.

The song was used in the 2006 film Click, when Michael's remote takes him back to a camping trip in the late 70s.

The song can be heard in the "Academic Octathelon" episode of Malcolm in the Middle, "The Alma Matter" episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as in the "Some Like It Hoth" episode of Lost and the pilot episode of Arrested Development. It was also sung in the "Will & Grace" episode An Old Fashioned Piano Party by the title characters.

The song was featured in the video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol, released February 5, 2008

The song was sung by Judy and Kevin in the 2010 film "FRED: The Movie".

The song can be heard twice during the pilot episode of SyFy's Haven, firstly when Audrey wakes up to it on her clock radio and turns it off, and secondly when she swerves her car to avoid a crack and nearly drives off the cliff. As she is teetering, the song plays and she leans forward to switch it off and nearly topples the car over.

Part of this song was sung by Rajeev, in the NBC show Outsourced.


  1. ^ Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 45. 
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley. The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits, Billboard Books, 1999, p. 166.
  4. ^ Waking Up Is Hard To Do
  5. ^ "The Muppet Show: Leslie Uggams: Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
Preceded by
"Wonderful Baby" by Don McLean
Billboard Easy Listening number-one single
June 7, 1975
Succeeded by
"Wildfire" by Michael Murphey
Preceded by
"Sister Golden Hair" by America
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 21, 1975 - July 12, 1975
Succeeded by
"Listen to What the Man Said" by Paul McCartney and Wings