Let’s Stay Together is a cover version from Al Green’s 1971 number one hit and the first single after Tina got a new contract with Capitol Records. It was produced by Martyn Ware and Greg Walsh, the same team behind the previously released single Ball Of Confusion. The b-side track „I Wrote A Letter“ is a previously unreleased song, which was already recorded and produced by John Carter in 1982. The single was a big hit in Europe and peaked at #6 in the UK. In 1984, it was also released in America, where it became the best selling 12“ single at this time and went to #1 on the dance charts. The music video is available on the Simply The Best video collection. „Let’s Stay Together“ was the first Tina single, released on cassette.
Written by Al Green, Willie Mitchel, Al Jackson jr. / Produced by Martyn Ware, Ian Greg Walsh for B.E.F.
Written by Inga Rumpf / Produced by John Carter
Instrumental: Zino / Synthesizers: Brian Soares
Photography by Norman Seefe
Turner's extraordinary energy cushioned by Heaven 17-style arrangements; just off the U.K. Top 10 is indeed released domestically, and a 12-inch is already available at retail. The 5:14 version has a longer lead-out and is backed by a stinging, danceable rocker, "I Wrote A Letter." Turner's nearly completed album is scheduled for April release.
March 24, 1984
Turner Milestone: Tina Turner’s "Let's Stay Together" continues its slow but steady climb on the Hot 100, where it jumps to number 26. It also moves up on the black chart to number three. But it drops to number four on the dance/disco chart, after spending the past couple of weeks at No. 1.
That nonetheless makes it the first national No. 1 hit of Turner’s 24-year chart career. The highest she’s ever climed on the pop chart is number four (with 1971's "Proud Mary"); the highest she’s been on the black chart is number two (with 1960’s "A Fool In Love" and 1961’s "It's Gonna Work Out Fine"). All of these records were duets with Ike Turner, from whom Tina was separated eight years ago.