1983 - Let's stay together 7 Inch Single

"Let’s Stay Together" is a single from Tina Turner's album "Private Dancer".
It’s a cover version of Al Green. Al Green released the song in 1971 for the album "Let’s Stay Together". The song was written by Al Green, Willie Mitchell and Al Jackson Jr.

Tina’s career was hanging by a thread from 76-83. Her previous solo albums flopped and the record labels didn’t want to work with her. She was considered too old or they still held her responsible for her working with Ike. Tina’s live shows were always a success. She was mostly on the road and entertaining people from cabaret shows to rock shows. However her manager Roger Davies didn’t gave up on Tina when he heard that she was abandoned again by the record label.

 

 

Roger called Martin and Greg of Heaven 17 again after they worked together on the cover version "Ball Of Confusion". He asked if they were interested in writing songs for Tina or if they had any other ideas. However they told Roger, that in general they didn’t write songs for other artists, and certainly not for Tina. Not that they didn’t like her, but they adored her too much. She was a legend in their eyes and they weren’t confident at all to write songs for Tina. Roger and Tina were already staying in London, and the Heaven 17 member came up with the idea to cover another song they surely would love to hear Tina sing. They also knew Tina wanted rock songs but they also said she was an amazing soul vocalist and if she would be interested covering a soul song. Soul is Tina!! They’ve asked if she had any soul idols and Tina came quickly up with a list of soul performers. Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. How about Al Green’s "Let’s Stay Together"? Tina immediately jumped at the idea. Tina hadn’t trouble recording the song, and they used the first take. They were stunned. Here’s a video of Tina and Heaven 17 live at The Tube in England.

 

 

The song became a huge hit in Europe and even climbed up in The Billboard charts in the USA. "Let’s Stay Together" was the comeback single for The Queen. Things finally went in the right direction for Tina.
Later on there was a meeting with Capitol and David Bowie. They were at a dinner party for releasing Bowie’s new album. The company asked if Bowie had any plans tonight because they wanted to invite Bowie.
He said "No, I won’t be able to make it tonight. I’m going to see my favourite singer tonight. "Oh well’’ they said. "Who is this favourite singer?’’ Bowie said "Tina Turner’’.
They were surprised because they just dropped her. However the company decided to come along with Bowie to see Tina performing live. They already noticed that Tina had a hit record on both sides of the ocean and immediately re-signed her. They also put the pressure on Tina because they wanted an album and gave her a deadline of a few weeks. Tina often thanked Bowie for helping her. Tina’s career came in movement because of Bowie. The Queen was back!!!

Tina performed "Let’s Stay Together" in multiple shows. Solid Gold, Banana’s and Na Sowas are a few examples of them. "Let’s Stay Together" never left her live shows as well. Although she made changes every now and then, it always was an incredible moment when audiences sang along with The Queen. She performed the song from 1983-2009. Half the original recorded version and the second half of her career as an unplugged version. Tina received The Kennedy Center Honouree in 2005 and Al Green, the original singer of the song tributed the song to Tina during her honouree. He always loved her version of the song.

 

 

Track Listing
"Let's Stay Together"
Let's stay together

Single: Let's stay together (originally from Al Green) - 1983

Let me say that since
Since we've been together
Loving you forever
Is all I need
Let me be the one you come running to
I'll never be untrue
Oh baby

[Chorus:]
Let's, let's stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad
Happy or sad

I'm, I'm so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is all right with me
Let me be the one you come running to
I'll never be untrue
Oh baby

[Chorus]

Why, oh tell me, why do people break up
And turn around and make up
I just came to see
You'd never do that to me, would ya baby
Being around you is all I see
Oh baby

[Chorus]

- 3.33 min.
"I Wrote A Letter"
I wrote a letter

Single: Let's Stay Together (originally from Inga Rumpf) - 1983

I wrote a letter to my love today
I wrote it so hard on what I gotta say
I’m down and out to tell you the truth
A man can make the poor girl sing the blues
You know what I couldn’t be with you
When there’s a chance please give me a clue
Until I drown in a sea of booze
A man can make the woman sing the blues
Took my pride and I threw it away
You gotta release me from this suffering
You’ll find me everywhere running around
Until you showed up to find me in the gutter

I wrote a letter to my love today
I wrote it so hard on what I gotta say
All my life is ending up the blues
A man can make the poor girl sing the blues
You can make the white girl sing the blues

I took my pride and I threw it away
You gotta release me from this suffering
You’ll find me everywhere running around
Until you showed up to find me in the gutter
I wrote a letter to my love today
I wrote it so hard on what I gotta say
I’m down and out to tell you the truth
All my life is ending up blues
When there’s a chance please give me a clue
‘Cause you know what I couldn’t be with you
Until I drown in a sea of booze
A man can make the woman sing the blues
A man can make the white girl sing the blues
You got me singing the blues
You got me singing the blues

- 3.34 min.


The single was released in 1983 in 7’’ single version, 12’’ single version and 12’’ picture disc. The B-side was "I Wrote A Letter", a rock song from Tina, written by Inga Rumpf and produced by John Carter. The B-side was released at re-issued versions of the "Private Dancer" album in 1997 and 2015.
"I Wrote A Letter" is about a woman who writes a letter to her man, because he has left her and she doesn't know why. So she asks him to tell her what is wrong, because she can't live without him.

There’s also a hot tracks remix of the song.

 

 

Released: 1983
Genre: Synthpop, Funk , Soul
Length: 3.36 min.
Label: Capitol
Writers: "Let’s Stay Together" (Edit) – A. Green, A. Jackson Jr. and W. Mitchell
"I Wrote A Letter" - I. Rumpf
Producers: Martyn Ware and Greg Walsh (Let's Stay Together) and John Carter (I Wrote A Letter)

 

 

Chart Positions (1983–84)
Australia (Kent Music Report) - 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) - 7
Canada Top Singles (RPM) - 43
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) - 10
Germany (Official German Charts) - 18
Ireland (IRMA) - 15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) - 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) - 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) - 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) - 6
US Billboard Hot 100 - 26
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) - 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) - 3


Source: Wikipedia and Discogs

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1975 - Whole lotta love
1976 - Acid Queen
1978 - Root Toot Undisputable Rock 'n Roller
1978 - Viva la money
1978 - Sometimes When We Touch
1979 - Fruits of the Night
1979 - Music keeps me dancin'
1979 - Backstabbers
1980 - Are you breaking my heart
1982 - Ball of confusion
1983 - Lets Stay Together
1984 - Help
1984 - What's love got to do with it?
1984 - Better be good to me
1984 - Private Dancer
1984 - I can't stand the rain
1985 - Show some respect
1985 - We don't need another hero - Mad Max
1985 - One of the living
1985 - It's only love - with Bryan Adams
1986 - Typical Male
1986 - Back where you started
1986 - Two People
1987 - Girls
1987 - What you get is what you see
1987 - Break every rule
1987 - Paradise is here - Special Edition
1987 - Tearing us apart - with Eric Clapton
1988 - Nutbush City Limits
1988 - Tonight Live - with David Bowie
1988 - Addicted to love
1988 - A change is gonna come
1989 - The Best
1989 - I don't wanna lose you
1989 - 6345789 - with Robert Cray
1990 - Steamy Windows
1990 - Foreign Affair
1990 - Look Me in the Heart
1990 - Be Tender With Me Baby
1990 - It takes Two - with Rod Stewart
1991 - Nutbush City Limits
1991 - Way of the world
1991 - I want you near me
1991 - Love Thing
1993 - I don't wanna fight
1993 - Disco Inferno
1993 - Why must we wait until tonight?
1993 - Proud Mary
1995 - Goldeneye
1996 - On silent wings
1996 - Whatever you want
1997 - Cose della vita - with Eros Ramazzotti

 

 
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