The sounds of summer in July 1975 was all about love thanks to The Captain & Tennille’s Love Will Keep Us Together.
Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, the song was initially performed and recorded by Sedaka in 1973, but was not released in the US market, but only in France.
Two years later, Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille made the song the name of their debut album as well as the lead single, with Dragon producing the song. He had wanted “I Write the Songs” to be their lead single, but A&M Records preferred this love song.
Backing vocals for the song were provided by Toni’s sisters – Jane, Louisa and Melissa – while Daryl’s brother Dennis Dragon played drums and additional musicians provided by the Wrecking Crew.
Released in April 1975, the song was a Billboard chart climber, and hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the Billboard Easy Listening charts in June 1975, staying in the top spot for four weeks. It became the top selling single for the year.
The album would hit number two on the Billboard album charts, and the song would be nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammys, winning the Grammy for Record of the Year for Sedaka and Greenfield.
The song would also be recorded by Brit brother and sister duo Mac and Katie Kissoon, while The Captain & Tennille recorded a Spanish version of the song, Por Amor Viviremos, which hit number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first time an artist has had two singles on the same chart with different versions of the same song.
The song has been covered by a wide range of artists including Ray Conniff, The Tubes, Circle Jerks and Nickelback.