We're in This Love Together

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"We're in This Love Together"
We're in This Love Together - Al Jarreau.jpg
Single by Al Jarreau
from the album Breakin' Away
B-side"Alonzo"
ReleasedJuly 1981
Format7" single
GenreSoul, jazz
Length3:44
LabelWarner Brothers
Songwriter(s)Roger Murrah, Keith Stegall
Producer(s)Jay Graydon
Al Jarreau singles chronology
"We're in This Love Together"
(1981)
"Breakin' Away"
(1981)

"We're in This Love Together" is a 1981 hit song by Al Jarreau. It was the first of three single releases from his fifth studio album, Breakin' Away. The song was his first and biggest chart hit.

In the US, the song spent 24 weeks on the pop charts, reaching number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the Cash Box Top 100.[1] It was a bigger Adult Contemporary hit, reaching number six in the US and number one in Canada.[2]

The song describes the precious and enduring quality of romantic love: "Like berries on the vine, it gets sweeter all the time." Other symbols used include a favorite song, a diamond ring, and candlelight on a rainy night.

Background[edit]

Jarreau and the song's producer Jay Graydon were going through songs to record in search of a hit single. Despite being a critically acclaimed jazz vocalist, Graydon felt Jarreau needed a hit to reach a wider audience. "We're In This Love Together" was the last song at the bottom of the box, to which Graydon said "This better be our hit". Although the song was closely associated with Jarreau, the song wasn't written for him in mind. According to the song's co-writer Keith Stegall, "We're In This Love Together" was originally intended for Jarreau's labelmates at Warner Bros. Records, Neil Larsen and Buzz Feiten for their 1980 album The Larsen-Feiten Band. Instead of being given to them, the song was mistakenly given to Jarreau. Stegall also noted the song was first pitched to singer Johnny Mathis, but never received a response from him.[3]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cash Box Top 100 Singles, November 31, 1981
  2. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM Adult Contemporary - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  3. ^ Paulson, Dave. "How a demo tape mistake created a hit". tennessean.com. USA Today. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM 50 Singles - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  5. ^ NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, 25 April 1982
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research.
  8. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1981

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