Bryan Charendoff

The husband and wife team of Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager wrote this song for the 1982 movie Night Shift, where it was recorded by Rod Stewart and played over the closing credits. However it took on another life when it was recorded in 1985 by Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John. They recorded it to raise money for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR). AIDS was a widely misunderstood disease and this song helped draw attention to the cause and educate people about the disease. Dionne and Friends version earned Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Song Of The Year. During these troubled times, however, the song’s message, to me, is that no matter what you are going through, your true friends will always be there for you, and you will always be loved. This is “That’s What Friends Are For”.

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