- That's What Friends Are For
"That's What Friends Are For" is a 1982 song written by
Burt Bacharachand Carole Bayer Sagerand introduced by Rod Stewartfor the soundtrack of the film "Night Shift".
The song is far better known for its
cover versionby Dionne Warwickand Friends. A one-off collaboration featuring Gladys Knight, Elton Johnand Stevie Wonderreleased as a charity singlein the United Kingdomand the United Statesin 1985, it was recorded as a benefit for American Foundation for AIDS Research, and raised over three million dollars for that cause. The tune peaked at #1 for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100in January 1986 and became Billboard's number one single of 1986. In 1988, the Washington Post wrote, "So working against AIDS, especially after years of raising money for work on many blood-related diseases such as sickle-cell anemia, seemed the right thing to do. 'You have to be granite not to want to help people with AIDS, because the devastation that it causes is so painful to see. I was so hurt to see my friend die with such agony,' Warwick remembers. 'I am tired of hurting and it does hurt.'"
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. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/charts/yearend_chart_display.jsp?f=The+Billboard+Hot+100&g=Year-end+Singles&year=1986 http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/charts/yearend_chart_display.jsp?f=The+Billboard+Hot+100&g=Year-end+Singles&year=1986] ] ["Billboard", December 27, 1986]
Dionne and Friend's version also listed at #61 on "Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time." [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-titles-70.shtml]
1990 benefit concert
March 17, 1990an AIDS benefit titled "That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert" was held at Radio City Music Hallin New York City. One month later, CBSaired a two-hour version of the concert on television. The celebrity guests and Arista label performers were: Air Supply, Lauren Bacall, Burt Bacharach, Eric Carmen, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Clive Davis, Taylor Dayne, Michael Douglas, Expose, Whoopi Goldberg, Melanie Griffith, Hall & Oates, Jennifer Holliday, Whitney Houston, Alan Jackson, Kenny G, Melissa Manchester, Barry Manilow, Milli Vanilli, Jeffrey Osborne, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Lisa Stansfield, The Four Tops, and Dionne Warwick. "That's What Friends Are For" was the finale song sung by Warwick and cousin Houston before being joined on the stage by the other guests of the event. Over $2.5 million was raised that night for the Arista Foundation which gave the proceeds to various AIDS organizations.
Other recordings are
Shirley Bassey(1991), Helen Reddy(for "The Burt Bacharach Album: Broadway Sings the Best of Burt Bacharach" in 1998), and the Snowcone Baritones, a barbershop quartet group at Rye Country Day School.
UKon the 16th December 2006, the major television network ITVaired the final of that year's series of The X-Factor, where all hopeful contestants who made it to the aired episodes performed this song live to an audience of several million.
There was a rendition of That's What Friends Are For Performed By Bill Thompson & Friends in 2006 (consisting of Bill Thompson, Allie Noble,& The Little Einsteins).
In 2007 on "
It Takes Two" in Australia, All Saints' Jolene Andersonand her partner David Campbellsang this song and were TV viewer's favorite couple and they won the competition.
In the animated Dreamworks film
Shrek the Third, the background music of this song is heard during a heartfelt conversation between two main characters.
Christian preteen sensation
PureNRGdid an energetic cover of this song on their debut album "Here We Go Again"
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