That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick

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  • Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager wrote this for the 1982 movie Night Shift, where it was recorded by Rod Stewart and played over the closing credits. This version was not released as a single, but the songwriters thought it had lots of commercial potential and had Dionne & Friends record it in 1985. The song hit the top spot on January 18, 1986 and stayed there for four weeks – the only other song that lasted as long at the top that year was “Walk Like An Egyptian” by the Bangles.

    Bacharach and Bayer Sager, who were married in 1982, wrote another 1986 chart-topper together: “On My Own” by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald. That one stayed at the top for three weeks.
  • “Dionne & Friends” is Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight. They recorded this song as a single to raise money for the American Foundation For AIDS Research (AmFAR). AIDS was a widely misunderstood disease in 1985, and this recording helped draw attention to the cause and educated people about the disease. Proceeds from the song raised over $500,000 for AmFAR.
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