United We Stand (song)
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|"United We Stand"|
|Single by The Brotherhood of Man|
|from the album United We Stand|
|Released||23 January 1970|
|Songwriter(s)||Tony Hiller / Peter Simons|
|The Brotherhood of Man singles chronology|
"United We Stand" is a song written by Tony Hiller and Peter Simons (aka group member Johnny Goodison). It was first released in 1970 by The Brotherhood of Man (in their original, pre-Eurovision line-up), becoming the band's first hit, peaking at #13 in the U.S., #9 in Canada, and #10 in the U.K. The song spent 15 weeks on the charts, and is ranked as the 64th biggest U.S. hit of 1970. It also reached No. 8 in Australia.
It has been recorded by over 100 different artists. In 1977, it was used as the closing theme song of the short-lived Brady Bunch Hour. Thirty years after the original 1970 hit it was popularised again by becoming a patriotic and spiritual anthem for many during the post 9/11 recovery. It has also been used as a football chant and by gay rights groups. Taken literally, the song's lyrics convey two lovers who tell each other that no matter what hardships come their way, they will always be together. In general terms, it relates a message of strength in unity.
- A sound-alike cover appeared on the 1970 album Top of the Pops, Volume 10. Irish Popstars winners Six also recorded a version which appeared on their album.
- Edison Lighthouse covered the song on their 1971 album, Already.
- Elton John covered "United We Stand" on his 1994 LP, Reg Dwight's Piano Goes Pop. It is sung as a duet with Kay Garner.
Phish closed out their three-night stand at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, on 6 September 2015, to end a 7-song encore with the song, playing to 26,000 people in attendance and a live stream on the Internet. The encore spelled out "THANK YOU".
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- Lyrics by Claude François.
- Lyrics by Michael Holm.
- Lyrics by Luigi Albertelli.
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