BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #369: “LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER”- CAPTAIN & TENNILLE

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Billboard #1 Hits: #369: “Love Will Keep Us Together”- Captain & Tennille. June 21, 1975. #1 for 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Love Will Keep Us Together”- Captain & Tennille.
  • Record Company- A&m
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
  • Time: 3:24
  • B-side: “Gentle Stranger”
  • Album- Love Will Keep Us Together
  • Grade: F
  • Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #32 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia and Canada.

The first single off of their first album- Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together” was #1 for 4 weeks- the most weeks of any single in 1975- at years end it was Billboard’s top song on the charts for the year. What an annoying song. It was everywhere- and I wasn’t even a music listener at that time but it seemed to be everywhere.

Odd by 1975 acts like Tony Orlando and Dawn and The Osmonds who had polluted the charts for the first half of the decade faded away- for even worse trash like Captain & Tennille. For a couple years they couldn’t miss- their first 5 singles made the Top 4 [if you don’t count the Spanish version of this song} And of course by the end of the decade everyone was sick of these two- and they disappeared from the charts. They came in with a #1 and their last Top 40 hit- 1979’s “Do That To Me One More Time” went to #1. Hal Blaine played drums on “Love Will Keep Us Together” Their early hits even propelled them into having their own variety series on television in 1976-77. They should never have risen above being a lounge act at a Holiday Inn.

Neil Sedaka who was one of the authors- recorded it first- and later admitted that he lifted the main chord progression from The Beach Boys “Do It Again” and added a progression including augmented chords inspired by Al Green.

“Love Will Keep Us Together” won Record of the Year at the 1975 Grammy’s. Which tells you all you need to know about the Granny Awards in the 1970’s. Toni Tennille is now eighty years old- that is kind of hard to believe.

In the end love didn’t keep these two together.

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