Wednesday, December 01, 2010

"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick & Friends

That's What Friends Are For is the granddaddy of all the AIDS charity songs, released as it was all the way back in 1985 to benefit AmFAR; alongside Dionne Warwick are Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Burt Bacharach (who co-wrote the track with Carole Bayer Sager). Originally introduced by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the film Night Shift, the cover version shown here eventually raised $3 million for AIDS relief early on, when the stigma around the disease hampered such fund-raising efforts.

The song would eventually spend four weeks at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986, and was later certified as the best-selling song of that year in the United States.

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