Thursday, January 13, 2011

THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR ~ DIONNE AND FRIENDS

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Grammy Song Of the Year 1987
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"That's What Friends Are For" is a 1982 song written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and introduced by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the film Night Shift. The song is far better known for its cover version by Dionne Warwick and Friends. A one-off collaboration featuring Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder released as a charity single in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1985, it was recorded as a benefit for American Foundation for AIDS Research, and raised over US$3 million for that cause. The tune peaked at number one for three weeks on the soul chart and for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 interestingly becoming the final US number one for all but John. In January 1986 and became Billboard's number one single of 1986. The Dionne and Friends version of the song won the performers the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, as well as Song of the Year for its writers, Bacharach and Bayer Sager. It also was ranked by Billboard magazine as the most popular song of 1986. Dionne and Friends' version also listed at #61 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time.


4 comments:

sam said...

she was the Alpha and Omega Star of the night! She won the first and last best award of the show!!


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