Friends and Lovers

Album: Friends and Lovers (1986)
Charted: 2
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Songfacts®:

  • This is a rare chart hit for Glora Loring, who is best remembered for her recurring role as Liz Curtis on the Soap Opera Days of Our Lives. Originally her duet partner was to be Al Jarreau, who she performed with occasionally on the show, but he was busy. Then she saw Carl Anderson the stage and screen as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and they signed him on.
  • Written by Jay Gruska and Paul Gordon, on Days Of Our Lives this was the theme song for the popular characters Kim and Shane, who struggle on the show to be both friends and lovers. Other songs that got a big bump from Soap Opera play were "Baby, Come To Me" and "Think Of Laura."
  • This first appeared on Carl Anderson's self-titled album, which because of this song's success was later retitled "Friends and Lovers." Anderson was also known for performing duets with various singers including Nancy Wilson, and he appeared on Weather Report's "Can It Be Done," the first time the group used a vocalist. Sadly he passed away in Feburary 2004 from leukemia. Gloria Loring included the song on her 1985 album, also called Friends and Lovers, which was rereleased in 2001. >>
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    Sara - Silver Spring, MD
  • Loring was married to the actor Alan Thicke from (1970-1983). Together they wrote the theme songs for the TV shows Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life (which Loring also sang).
  • In 1986, this became a Country hit when Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton recorded it as "Both to Each Other."
  • The white soul singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, who had an international hit in 2007 with "Lost Without U," is the son of Gloria Loring and her ex husband Alan Thicke.
  • Loring knew this song had hit potential and she shopped the song to every label with no success. When it was finally released on a French label it sold 100,000 singles in the first two weeks, which attracted the attention of Atlantic. However there were some legal problems as Loring told American Songwriter magazine January/February 1988. She explained: "The interesting thing was they, the people at Carrere (the French label), released the record before they bothered to get me to sign a contract. So when the record was released and started to make a lot of noise I got a call from Doug Morris at Atlantic Records and when he found out I didn't have a contract, he called someone and said 'I want her and I want this record.'

    Then we had an enormous legal battle because the papers hadn't been signed and there was so much craziness we started calling the record 'Friends and Lawyers.' So my advice to songwriters is to get your contracts signed before your record is released."

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, Nyon this day in 1986 {September 27th} Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson performed "Friends and Lovers" on the ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    The song was at #2 on the Top 100 at the time {See note below}...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1986 {September 21st} "Friends and Lovers" by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson peaked at #2 {for two weeks} on Billboard's Top 100 chart, the two weeks "Friends and Lovers" was at #2, the #1 record for those two weeks was "Stuck With You" by Huey Lewis and The News..
    The record spent twenty one weeks on the Top 100 chart...
    And on August 31st, 1986 the song peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Gloria Loring, as a solo artist, had one Top 100 record, "Brooklyn", it reached #74 on April 24th, 1977, her record label, Atco Records, released the record under the name of Cody Jameson...
    Carl Anderson passed away at the young age of 58 on February 23rd, 2004 {leukemia}...
    May he R.I.P.
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