Wilbert Harrison originally wrote and recorded this blues-style R&B number as "Let's Stick Together
," a plea for fidelity in a fractured marriage. That version, released in 1962, didn't make the charts (until Bryan Ferry covered it in 1976) but never left Harrison's mind. Seven years later, he resurrected the song, keeping the melody but changing the lyrics. "I thought I'd put some words to it that meant a bit more," he told Beat Instrumental
Changing the title to "Let's Work Together," Harrison's new message of unity was aimed at a nation rife with conflict over the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.