Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Love Will Keep Us Together

Written and first recorded by Neil Sedaka (UK 1973).
Hit versions by Mac & Katie Kissoon (NETH #12 1973), Captain & Tennille (US #1/UK #32 1975).

From the wiki: “The song first appeared on Neil Sedaka’s 1973 album The Tra-La Days Are Over which did not have a US release, with Sedaka’s version of the song making its US album debut on the 1974 compilation album Sedaka’s Back.

“‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ had its first single release via a UK recording by Mac and Katie Kissoon on September 28, 1973, but it failed to chart. This version also failed to chart in its US release in February 1974; however, it did become the first hit version of ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ by virtue of charting in the Netherlands in the autumn of 1973, peaking at #12 that December.

“The song was the title cut and became lead single off Captain & Tennille’s debut album, although ‘Captain’ Daryl Dragon had originally hoped that honor would go to the duo’s rendition of ‘I Write the Songs‘ Their recording of ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’ won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in February 1976.

“Captain & Tennille acknowledged Sedaka’s authorship — as well as his mid-1970s comeback — by working the phrase ‘Sedaka is back’ into the song’s fadeout, where the applause from the studio musicians can be heard. The duo also released a Spanish-language version of the song, ‘Por Amor Viviremos’. That recording rose to #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving Captain & Tennille the rare feat of charting identical songs, in different languages and released as separate singles (rather than the A-side and B-side of one single), appearing simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100.

Mac & Katie Kissoon, “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1973):

Captain & Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together” (1975):

Captain & Tennille, “Por Amor Viviremos” (1975):

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