| September 1983|
| 7" Single|
| "Locked Up in Your Love"|
4:27 (Album and single)
"Forever By Your Side" is a romantic song written and produced by the American songwriters and music producers Marc Blatte and Larry Gottlieb. The song was recorded in 1983 by American popular R&B vocal group The Manhattans and was the title track of Forever By Your Side, released the same year by Columbia Records. The song "Forever By Your Side" was released as a single in 1983 and had moderate success in the US, peaked at #30 on the R&B chart, but was not in any position of other charts.
In contrast to the small American reception, "Forever By Your Side" is a big hit in Brazil. The song was included on the soundtrack of a Brazilian soap opera called A Gata Comeu, produced and shown on television by the broadcaster Rede Globo, the world's second largest television network, between the months of April and October 1985, two years after its recording. "Forever By Your Side" was one of the most played songs in Brazil in 1985 and is today an international classic romantic in the country.
"Forever By Your Side" was the second and final single from the album of the same title of The Manhattans, succeeding the song "Crazy", the first single which was also released on the album Forever By Your Side and was the big hit of the group in 1983.
Lead vocal – Gerald Alston
Backing vocals – Winfred "Blue" Lovett – Edward "Sonny" Bivins – Kenneth "Wally" Kelly
Written by – Marc Blatte, Larry Gottlieb
Produced by – Marc Blatte, Larry Gottlieb
Arranged by (Rhythm & Vocals) – Marc Blatte, Larry Gottlieb, Ralph Schuckett
Arranged by (Strings) – Ralph Schuckett
Drum programming (Linn programming) – Ralph Schuckett
Piano – Ralph Schuckett
Percussion – Sue Evans
Acoustic guitar – Ira Siegel
Electric bass – Wayne Brathwaite
Strings – Eugene Moye, Gerald Tarack, Guy Lumia, Jesse Levy, Max Ellen, Regis Iandiorio, Richard Henrickson, Sanford Allen
Forever By Your Side (song) Wikipedia
This is the track list of the original single of "Forever By Your Side" released in 1983 by The Manhattans:
The duration of 4:27 for "Forever By Your Side" and 4:40 for "Locked Up in Your Love" are the same in both the single and the album "Forever By Your Side".
"Forever By Your Side" has no video official clip, only a video with a presentation of The Manhattans in the American musical variety television program Soul Train in 1983, presented by American television show host Don Cornelius. The video can be watched on "Forever By Your Side" by The Manhattans (At the Soul Train) on YouTube.
The B-side of "Forever By Your Side" contains the song "Locked Up in Your Love", also recorded in 1983 by The Manhattans for the album "Forever By Your Side". The song was written and produced by the songwriters John V. Anderson and Steve Williams. The song was a simple song from their album, that was not released as a single.
The success of the song in Brazil made "Forever By Your Side" won a Portuguese version, called "Pra Sempre Vou Te Amar". The letter was written in Portuguese by Brazilians Guto Angelicci and Carlinhos Kalunga, first recorded by the Brazilian singer Adriana in 1986. This version Adriana Portuguese also was very successful in Brazil and made "Pra Sempre Vou Te Amar" was re-recorded later by the duo of Brazilian brothers Wilson & Soraia in 1995, whose recording was included on the soundtrack of Brazilian soap opera "Irmãos Coragem" in the same year. In 2001, the Portuguese version of "Forever By Your Side " was re-recorded again, by the Brazilian singer Robinson Monteiro. The version credits "Pra Sempre Vou Te Amar" ("Forever By Your Side") are Marc Blatte and Larry Gottlieb, version Guto Angelicci and Carlinhos Kalunga.