Tearing Us Apart

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"Tearing Us Apart"
Eric Clapton & Tina Turner - Tearing Us Apart.jpg
Single by Eric Clapton & Tina Turner
from the album August
B-side "Hold On"
Released 8 June 1987
Format 7", 12" single
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop, rock
Length 3:38 (7" Version)
4:14 (Album version)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Eric Clapton
Greg Phillinganes
Producer(s) Phil Collins
Tina Turner singles chronology
"Break Every Rule"
(1986) Break Every Rule1986
"Tearing Us Apart"
(1987) Tearing Us Apart1987
"Paradise Is Here"
(1987) Paradise Is Here1987

"Tearing Us Apart" is a song recorded by English blues rock guitarist and singer Eric Clapton on his 1986 album August, produced by Phil Collins. The song was about "the committee", the group of Pattie Boyd's friends whom Clapton blamed for coming between Pattie and him. "Tearing Us Apart" was a duet with Tina Turner and was released as the second single from the album in mid-1987, following "Behind the Mask". The song did not chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, but was a minor hit in the UK. The song has been included on several setlists of Clapton's live performances in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s; performed by other female vocalists such as Katie Kissoon, Tessa Niles, Shaun Murphy, Tracy Ackerman, Sheryl Crow, Sharon White and Michelle John (since 2011). Clapton resurrected the song for his 11-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall in May/June 2011 and his European/South American tours from February 14 to October 16.

Turner and Clapton performed the track as part of the 1986 Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert in London's Wembley Arena to celebrate the first 10 years of the Trust, then with a band including Phil Collins, Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Paul McCartney to name but a few. The live version was later released on the Royal Concert charity album in 1987, issued by The Prince's Trust.

A second live recording of the track from Tina Turner's 1986/1987 Break Every Rule Tour with Clapton guesting on guitar and vocals was later included on her 1988 album Tina Live in Europe.

Versions and mixes[edit]

  • 7" Edit - 3:38
  • Album Version a.k.a. Full Length Mix (12") - 4:14

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[1] 34
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[2] 29
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 56
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[4] 5


  1. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Clapton with Tina Turner – Tearing Us Apart" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 35, 1987" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "Tina Turner: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "Eric Clapton Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2015.

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