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Power to All Our Friends

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Released  April 1973
Genre  Pop
Format  7" Single, 45 rpm
Length  3:02
B-side  "Come Back Billie Jo" (Murray-Macaulay)
Recorded  December 28, 1972 Abbey Road/London

"Power to All Our Friends" is a song by Cliff Richard. He entered it as the British entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1973. It came third.

It was selected by a postal vote decided by BBC Television viewers after he performed all six songs on A Song For Europe featured on Cilla Black's BBC1 Saturday evening show Cilla.

It was released in the UK as a single in 1973 and reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart. The B-side was "Come Back Billie Jo", which was the runner-up in the contest for the British entry.

It was criticised for containing a solecism where it described a girl as "laying down in Monte Carlo" - it meant "lying down". For the live performance of the song at the Eurovision final, BBC boss Bill Cotton requested that Cliff sing the correct English "lying down in Monte Carlo".

Cliff Richard had also previously represented the United Kingdom in 1968 with "Congratulations", which came second.

Cover versions

  • Séverine "Il faut chanter la vie" (French version)
  • Peter Holm "Il faut chanter la vie" (French version)
  • Peter Holm "Vänner som du och ja'" (Swedish version)
  • Cliff Richard "Gut, dass es Freunde gibt" (German version)
  • Frank Schöbel "Gut, dass es Freunde gibt" (German version)
  • Los Sirex "Todo el poder a los amigos " (Spanish version)
  • References

    Power to All Our Friends Wikipedia