Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The Power of Love

Co-written and first recorded by Jennifer Rush (UK #1/GER #17 1985 |US #56/CAN #1/AUS #1/IRE #1/GER #9 1986).
Also recorded (as “Si tu eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer”) by Jennifer Rush (SPN #1 1986).
Other hit versions by Air Supply (as “The Power of Love (You Are My Lady)” US #68/MOR #13 1985), Laura Branigan (as “Power of Love” US #26/MOR #19 1987) and Celine Dion (US #1/UK #4/CAN #1/AUS #1 1993).

From the wiki: “‘The Power of Love’ was first recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984. The American-born Rush had been recording for CBS (Frankfurt) with producers Gunther Mende and Candy de Rouge (alias of Wolfgang Detmann) since 1982. The song, written by de Rouge, Mende, and Rush with Mary Susan Applegate, took Rush to the top of the UK Singles Chart in 1984 and into the German Top 20 in 1985. Rush filmed a low-budget music video in NYC in the fall of 1984, with the primary intention of entering the U.S market, but was unsuccessful.

“‘The Power of Love’, when originally released in the UK, debuting at #97 on the UK chart dated 22 June 1985. It was briefly withdrawn and, then, re-released in September 1985. It rose to #1 and retained the top spot on the UK chart for five weeks with a total of ten weeks accrued in the UK Top-10. The massive success of the song in the UK occasioned widespread international success for Rush’s recording in the last months of 1985 and the first months of 1986 including a German re-release of ‘The Power of Love’ that peaked at #9.

“Eventually, ‘The Power of Love’ reached #1 in Australia, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa, and also charted in Denmark (#9), France (#25), the Netherlands (#7), Switzerland (#3) and Sweden (#3). The success of Rush’s ‘The Power of Love’ in Spain – where it reached #2 in March 1986 – led Rush to render her song in Spanish and the result, ‘Si tu eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer’, spent six weeks at #1 in Spain in April and May, 1986.

“CBS held off on releasing ‘The Power of Love’ in North America feeling the disc was too European. It finally saw a re-release in the United States and Canada in January 1986 but despite rising to #1 in Canada, ‘The Power of Love’ failed to become a significant US hit, stalling at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“The Australian duo Air Supply covered ‘The Power of Love’ shortly after its initial release, in February 1985. Released as the second promotional single from Air Supply, their arrangement (retitled ‘The Power of Love (You Are My Lady)’ so as not to be confused with Huey Lewis and the News’ ‘The Power of Love’ single concurrently on the chart) peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Laura Branigan recorded ‘The Power of Love’ under the title ‘Power of Love’ for her 1987 album Touch. Her promotional single peaked at #26 on the Hot 100, her final foray into the US Top-40.

“Canadian singer Celine Dion covered ‘The Power of Love’ for her third English-language studio album, The Colour of My Love (1993). It was produced by David Foster and released as the first single in November 1993 in North America, in December 1993 in Japan, and in early 1994 in the rest of the world. It became Dion’s first US #1 song, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in February 1994. It also became her first Australian chart topper and second number-one single in Canada. ‘The Power of Love’ would go on to become one of Dion’s signature songs.”

Air Supply, “Power of Love” (1985):

Jennifer Rush, “Si tu eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer” (1986):

Laura Branigan, “Power of Love” (1987):

Celine Dion, “Power of Love” (1993):

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