Let’s Stay Together is a soul song originally from Al Green and the first single after Tina got a new recording 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 became the best selling 12“ record at this time in America. Tina promoted the song at several tv shows in Europe and America and performed it live at every concert tour. Live versions are available on the album Live In Europe from 1988 and TINA Live from 2009. Both pictures from the cover were photographed by Norman Seeff. 

The music video, directed by David Mallet and produced by Pam James, was filmed in October 1983 in London. It shows Tina first alone, standing in a spotlight, with the same mini dress as on the back cover of the European single. Later, her female dancers Ann Behringer and Lejune Richardson accompany and dance with her and we see male drummers in the background in white suits. In the second scene, Tina wears the black leather dress as on the front cover of the European single, with fire in the background. The clip was originally released on the Private Dancer EP on VHS, but is also available on the Simply The Best home video on DVD.

Released in November 1983 in Europe and in January 1984 in America from Capitol / EMI Records on 7“ & 12“ (picture) vinyl and for the first time on cassette, Let’s Stay Together reached #6 in England (1x Silver), #18 in Germany and #26 (Pop), #1 (Dance) in America.

Billboard Magazine - January, 1984: 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. 

Billboard Magazine - March 24, 1984: 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.

Tina Turner - Let’s Stay Together - Single
Tina Turner - Let’s Stay Together - Single

single

A. Let’s Stay Together (Edit) 3:39

Written by Al Green, Willie Mitchel, Al Jackson jr. / Produced by Martyn Ware, Ian Greg Walsh

B. I Wrote A Letter (Previously Unreleased) 3:25

Written by Inga Rumpf / Produced by John Carter

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A. Let’s Stay Together (Full Length Version) 5:16

B. I Wrote A Letter (Previously Unreleased) 3:25

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dj-sampler

(Hot Tracks) Let’s Stay Together 9:27

Instrumental: Zino / Synthesizers: Brian Soares

(Disconet) Let’s Stay Together (Extended Edit) 7:31

Photography by Norman Seeff

Tina Turner - Let’s Stay Together - Single
Tina Turner - Let’s Stay Together - Single
Tina Turner - Let’s Stay Together - Single

European Smash Single
Let’s Stay Together
Now Available in the U.S.

Exploding Across Europe!

Top Ten U.K. for 5 Weeks
 No. 1 U.K. Dance Charts
Top 5 in Holland
Sold-Out European Tour

Tina Turner - Let’s Stay Together - Promo
Al Green - Let’s Stay Together - Promo
Tina Turner - Let’s Stay Together - Music Video

Music Video
Director: David Mallet
Producer: Pam James
Home Video: Simply The Best
Time: 3:38

1982

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Ball Of Confusion

1983

Tina Turner - Let’s Stay Together - Single

Let’s Stay Together

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