Get Together (Youngbloods song)

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"Get Together", also known as "Let's Get Together" and "Everybody Get Together", is a song by American rock band the Youngbloods, originally included in their 1967 debut album The Youngbloods. It was written in the mid-1960s by American singer-songwriter Chet Powers (stage name Dino Valenti), from psychedelic rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service. The single was The Youngbloods' only Top 40 on Billboard Hot 100peaking at number five in 1969.

Background

The song is an appeal for peace and brotherhood, presenting the polarity of love versus fear, and the choice to be made between them. It is best remembered for the impassioned plea in the lines of its refrain ("Come on people now/Smile on your brother/Everybody get together/Try to love one another right now"), which is repeated several times in succession to bring the song to its conclusion.

Original recording history

The song was originally recorded as "Let's Get Together" by the Kingston Trio in a live performance in March 1964 that was released on June 1, 1964, on their album Back in Town. While it was not released as a single, this version was the first to bring the song to the attention of the general public. +more The Kingston Trio often performed it live.

Cover versions

A version of the song first broke into the top forty in 1965, when We Five, produced by Kingston Trio manager Frank Werber, released "Let's Get Together" as the follow-up to their top ten hit "You Were on My Mind". While it did not achieve the same level of success as the other, "Let's Get Together" provided the group with a second top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when it peaked at number 31 and number 5 in Canada. +more It would be their last hit record. This was included on their second album, Make Someone Happy. *The most notable recording came in 1967, when the Youngbloods released their version of the song under the title "Get Together". It became a minor Hot 100 hit for them, peaking at number 62 and reaching 37 on the US adult contemporary chart. However, renewed interest in the Youngbloods' version came when it was used in a radio public service announcement as a call for brotherhood by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The Youngbloods' version, the most-remembered today, was re-released in 1969, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. *In 1968, The Sunshine Company recorded a version of the song, under the title "Let's Get Together". *Also in 1968, the Canadian group 3's a Crowd released their version of the song as a single, titled "Let's Get Together". It peaked at number 70 on Canada's national singles chart. *In 1970, Gwen and Jerry Collins released a version of the song as a single that reached number 34 on the US country chart. *In March 1970, the Dave Clark Five reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart with their version retitled "Everybody Get Together". *In 1995, Big Mountain released a version of the song as a single that reached number 28 on the US adult contemporary chart and number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number 32 on Cash Box.

Chart history

Weekly charts

;The Youngbloods

Chart (1967)Peak position
US Billboard Hot 10062
US Cash Box Top 10080
Canada RPM Top Singles40

Chart (1969)Peak position
Australia (Go-Set)13
Canada RPM Top Singles6
South Africa (Springbok)10
US Billboard Hot 1005
US Billboard Easy Listening37
US Cash Box Top 1004
The Dave Clark Five [wiki_table=46344317]

Year-end charts

Chart (1969)Rank
Canada50
US Billboard Hot 10016
US Cash Box42

Legacy

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the media conglomerate company Clear Channel Communications included the Youngbloods' version of the song on a list of "lyrically questionable" songs that was sent to its 1,200 radio stations in the United States.

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