” We All Stand Together ” is by Paul McCartney ( Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE ), the English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and former Beatle.
The song was written by Paul McCartney with production for the single by legendary producer George Martin ( Sir George Henry Martin CBE ). George was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. Many referred to George as being the ” Fifth Beatle “, including Paul McCartney, due to the extensive involvement in many of the Beatles’ albums.
” We All Stand Together ” was released on the 12th of November 1984 by record label Parlophone ( Now part of Warner Music Group ) and taken from the children’s animated film Rupert and the Frog Song. The original sound recording was made by MPL Communications Ltd ( McCartney Productions Ltd ), the holding company of Sir Paul, and the company is one of the largest privately owned music publishers in the World.
The record cover for the single used photographs by Terry O’Neill and an original Rupert the bear drawing which is owned by English newspaper group Express Newspapers PLC.
” We All Stand Together ” is often referred to as the Frog Song and the Frog Chorus. The song is from the 1984 children’s animated film Rupert and the Frog Song. The film was based on the comic strip character Rupert Bear. Rupert Bear was first shown in the English newspaper the Daily Express on the 8th of November 1920 in a comic strip called ” Little Lost Bear ” and was created by English artist Mary Tourtel; her characters were captioned by her husband, Herbert Tourtel, the then news editor of the paper.
At first, Rupert appeared nameless and was initially cast as a brown bear; the colour was changed by the paper to cut down on inking expenses, thus resulting in the now iconic white colour of Rupert.
Featured on the single are backing vocals ( Frog Chorus ), provided by the King’s Singers choral group ( British a cappella vocal ensemble founded in 1968 ) and the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, the earliest records of a choir from St Paul’s date back to 1127.
Elena Durán played the part of the flute playing frog; the Mexican American flautist has performed with many of the World’s most famous orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the Moscow Virtuosi.
The film Rupert and the Frog Song was written by Paul McCartney and directed by Geoff Dunbar, who is best known for his award-winning 1970s animations Lautrec and Ubu.
The 13-minute animation was a pilot for a feature film of Rupert Bear; Paul had first planned to write and produce a full-length feature film in the late 1970s. In 1984, the film’s release, it won a UK British Academy Award ( BAFTA ) for Best Animated Short Film.
The song was a commercial success for Paul. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 24th of November 1984 and peaked at number three. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of twenty weeks on the UK chart.
Although the song had a top Five placement in the United Kingdom, Paul and the song received criticism for the light subject matter. Many said that it was the decline of the songwriting abilities of the former Beatle.
However, the song was solely written for a children’s animated film after all.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: the Netherlands 7, Belgium 12, Ireland 3,
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