Tonight, I Celebrate My Love

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"Tonight, I Celebrate My Love"
Single by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
from the album Born to Love
Released 1983 (1983)
Genre
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Michael Masser

"Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser recorded as a duet single by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack and released in 1983. It became a big hit for both singers, peaking at number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number five on the Hot Black Singles chart,[1] and number four on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2] In the UK, the song peaked at number two in September 1983. In addition to becoming the biggest British hit for both Bryson and Flack, the song boosted the careers of both stars and brought them both a return to prominence. Capitol Records' Bob Hart asked Martin Pitts to Direct the official video through One Heart Productions. The video was a performance with the original band in the background at the Capitol studios on Vine Street in Hollywood.

Critical reception[edit]

The Telegraph listed the song as one of the 50 best love songs of the 1980s, writing "Mmm! Dig those tinkly Eighties keyboards. Almost tasteful, considering its schlockbusting potential."[3] The song is, according to The Telegraph, Roberta Flack's favourite song from the 80's.[4] The Monthly describes it as a "big romantic ballad".[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 2
US Billboard Hot 100 16
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 5
Irish Singles Chart 5
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 11

Cover versions[edit]

  • Perry Como recorded the song for his 1987 album Today.
  • Gloria Loring recorded the song for her 2001 albu By Request.
  • Canadian singer-songwriter Amy Sky covered the song on her 2003 album With This Kiss.
  • The song was covered in 2006 by British glamour model Katie Price and her now estranged husband, pop singer Peter Andre. The track is included on their 2006 album of duets A Whole New World.
  • The Estonian rendering "See öö on armastuse aastapäev" was recorded by Marju Länik (et) for her 1986 album Marju Länik album Südame laul, the track being a duet with Jaak Joala.

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