Put a Little Love in Your Heart

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"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Put a little love in your heart jackie deshannon.jpg
Single by Jackie DeShannon
from the album Put a Little Love in Your Heart
B-side "Always Together"
Released June 1969
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1969
Genre Pop
Length 2:39
Label Imperial Records
Songwriter(s) Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers
Producer(s) VME
Jackie DeShannon singles chronology
"Trust in Me"
(1969)
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
(1969)
"Love Will Find a Way"
(1969)

"Trust in Me"
(1969)
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
(1969)
"Love Will Find a Way"
(1969)

"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" is a song originally performed in 1969 by Jackie DeShannon, who composed it with her brother, Randy Myers, and Jimmy Holiday. In the U.S., it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching number 4 on the Hot 100 in August 1969 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary charts.[1] In late 1969, the song reached number one on South Africa's hit parade.

The song rivaled the success of her signature song, "What the World Needs Now Is Love".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1968–1969) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 12
South African Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 2

Annie Lennox and Al Green version[edit]

"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Put a Little Love.jpg
US edition
Single by Annie Lennox and Al Green
from the album Scrooged
B-side "A Great Big Piece of Love" by The Spheres of Celestial Influence
Released 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop
Label A&M Records
Songwriter(s) Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
(1988) Put a Little Love in Your Heart1988
"Why"
(1992) Why1992
Al Green singles chronology
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
(1987) Everything's Gonna Be Alright1987
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
(1988) Put a Little Love in Your Heart1988
"As Long as We're Together"
(1989) As Long as We're Together1989

In 1988, Annie Lennox and Al Green recorded a version that was released as the ending theme song to the 1988 film Scrooged.[2] The song reached number 9 in the US on the Hot 100 in January 1989 and climbed all the way to number 2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, as well as becoming a top 40 hit in several countries worldwide. Although credited to Lennox, the song was produced by her Eurythmics partner David A. Stewart.

The video was directed by Sophie Muller.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988–89) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 4
German Singles Chart 20
Irish Singles Chart 30
Swiss Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 28
US Billboard Hot 100 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 51

Other versions[edit]

RIAA gold record for "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", by Jackie DeShannon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 77. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Steve (June 11, 2015). "15 Best Songs From '80s Movies (Besides "The Power of Love")". browardpalmbeach.com. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ British Hit Singles, 12th edition, Guinness
  5. ^ "Hollywood Flashback: When Bill Murray Played a Sleazy Lounge Singer on 'Saturday Night Live'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ [1]

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