Tower of Strength (Gene McDaniels song)

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"Tower of Strength"
Single by Gene McDaniels
from the album Tower of Strength
B-side"The Secret"
ReleasedSeptember 18, 1961
LabelLiberty Records 55371
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard
Producer(s)Snuff Garrett
Gene McDaniels singles chronology
"A Tear"
"Tower of Strength"
"Chip Chip"

"Tower of Strength" is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard and performed by Gene McDaniels. The song reached No. 5 on both the US Billboard chart and the R&B chart in 1961.[1] It appeared on his 1961 album, Tower of Strength.[2]

The record was produced by Snuff Garrett and featured the Johnny Mann Singers and Earl Palmer on drums.[3]

Other versions[edit]

  • Frankie Vaughan released a version as a single that peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1961.[4]
  • Paul Raven (later famous as 'Gary Glitter') released a version as a single in 1961.[5]
  • Gloria Lynne released an answer song entitled "You Don't Have to Be a Tower of Strength" in 1961.[6]
  • Adriano Celentano sung a famous Italian version with the title Stai lontana da me ! ("Be far away from me !"), first on the Italian charts in the Summer of 1962. It was the first single Celentano recorded for his personal label, the Clan Celentano.
  • Narvel Felts released a version as a single that went to No. 26 on the Canadian country chart and No. 33 on the country chart in 1979.[7]
  • Portuguese singer Aurea also released a version of the song on her 2010 debut album Aurea.[8]

In media[edit]

McDaniels' version was used in the 1987 movie The Year My Voice Broke.[9]


  1. ^ Gene McDaniels, "Tower of Strength" Chart Positions Retrieved May 1, 2014
  2. ^ Gene McDaniels, Tower of Strength Retrieved May 1, 2014
  3. ^ Gene McDaniels, "Tower of Strength" Single Release Retrieved May 1, 2014
  4. ^ Frankie Vaughan, "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" Chart Position Retrieved May 1, 2014
  5. ^ Paul Raven, "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" single release Retrieved May 1, 2014
  6. ^ "Glora Lynne, "You Don't Have to Be a Tower of Strength" Single Release". Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Narvel Felts, "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" Chart Position Retrieved May 1, 2014
  8. ^ "Aurea, Aurea". Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  9. ^ The Year My Voice Broke soundtrack Retrieved May 1, 2014