Separate Lives

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"Separate Lives"
Separate Lives.jpg
Single by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
from the album White Nights: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "I Don't Wanna Know"
Released 11 November 1985 (UK)[1]
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Soft rock[2]
Length 4:06
Label Atlantic, Virgin Records, WEA
Songwriter(s) Stephen Bishop
Producer(s) Arif Mardin, Hugh Padgham, Phil Collins
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Don't Lose My Number"
"Separate Lives"
" In the Air Tonight (Remix)"
"Don't Lose My Number"
"Separate Lives"
" In the Air Tonight (Remix)"

"Separate Lives" is a 1985 song recorded by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin and featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture White Nights. It reached No. 1 in November, 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts as well as in Canada.[3] It reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[1]

Songwriter Stephen Bishop received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 1986. It lost to Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me" from the same film.

Music video[edit]

The music video features Martin and Collins singing and playing the piano, intercut with scenes from the movie.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 14
Canadian RPM 100 1
French Singles Chart 44
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italy (FIMI)[6] 26
New Zealand Singles Chart 29
Norwegian Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 50
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Zimbabwe Singles Chart[7] 2


Cover versions[edit]

Namibian singer Nianell and South African singer Dozi included a version on their duet covers album It Takes Two in 2009. [8]

Other duet versions with Phil Collins[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for Phil Collins (page 3)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Danis, Kirsten (25 July 1999). "Phil Collins employee now his Swiss missus". New York Post. New York. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  3. ^ DeKnock, Jan (1985-11-29). "'Separate Lives' No. 1 as Expected". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  4. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 160. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 71. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  6. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  8. ^ Retrieved 7 January 2014
  9. ^ "Amy Keys". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  10. ^ "Bridgette Bryant". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  11. ^ BackUp Pausini (2013-12-04), Laura Pausini Separate Lives With Phil Collins, retrieved 2017-03-30 
  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

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