Jennifer Rush released “The Power of Love” on June 14, 1985, twenty-eight years ago today. The charted at #7 in Germany and topped the U.K. Singles Chart; however, it peaked at only #57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. (Singer Laura Branigan recorded and released a version of the song, “Power of Love,” in 1987, which managed to climb to #26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.)
Born Heidi Stern in New York City, Rush grew up in New York and Germany. She changed her name to Jennifer Rush at the insistence of CBS (Frankfurt), as they felt Heidi Stern did not sound international enough.
Rush co-wrote “The Power of Love” with her German record producers, Gunther Mende and Candy DeRouge, along with Mary Susan Applegate.
After hearing Rush sing at a record convention in Hawaii, CBS Records London Chief Paul Russell, he decided to release the single in the U.K. The record initially stalled at #97. The record company deleted the disc in hopes of building momentum for the single and re-released it in September. “The Power of Love” charted at #36, so Rush was able to perform the song on Top of the Pops. The record continued to climb the chart, eventually reaching #1 and staying there for five weeks, and was the biggest selling single in the U.K. for 1985. Rush has sold over one million copies of “The Power of Love.” A remixed version was released a year later.
The Power of Love [Radio Edit] 4’54
The Power of Love [Remix] 4’20
The Power of Love [Album Version] 6’00
The Power of Love [International Album Version] 5’45
The Power of Love [Extended Remix] 7’10
The Power of Love [Orchestral Remix] 6’00
The music video for “The Power of Love” follows Jennifer Rush as she sings and walks around New York City. (She also rides a freight elevator and sings, as well as singing while wearing sunglasses.) Meanwhile, we see her man in a subplot of being the family man and in trouble with some thugs who try to rough him up. The music video was filmed with the intention of breaking the song in the U.S. market.
I can remember seeing the record sleeve for “The Power of Love” by Jennifer Rush in the bins at Sound Warehouse, but I never heard her version of the song until years later. I recall being most surprised by her classical pop style, which doesn’t seem unusual once you learn her father was an opera singer. I was never a fan of Celine Dion’s version from 1994, as it seemed overproduced to me, but I like Rush’s version.
What are your memories of “The Power of Love” by Jennifer Rush?