A report on Up Where We Belong

Director Taylor Hackford was not given the budget for a new song to be produced for An Officer and a Gentleman.
Joe Cocker strayed from his rock/blues roots in recording "Up Where We Belong".

Song written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Will Jennings that was recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.

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Jennifer Warnes

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American singer and songwriter.

American singer and songwriter.

She has won two Grammy Awards, in 1983 for the Joe Cocker duet "Up Where We Belong" and in 1987 for the Bill Medley duet "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".

Sainte-Marie in 2015

Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, Oscar-winning composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist.

Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, Oscar-winning composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist.

Sainte-Marie in 2015
Sainte-Marie performing in the Netherlands in the Grand Gala du Disque Populaire 1968
Sainte-Marie in 1970
Buffy Sainte-Marie playing the Peterborough Summer Festival of Lights on June 24, 2009
Sainte-Marie performing at The Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts, on June 15, 2013

Her song "Up Where We Belong", co-written for the film An Officer and a Gentleman, won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 55th Academy Awards and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Will Jennings

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American songwriter.

American songwriter.

Jennings has collaborated on many songs for films, the most notable songs being "Up Where We Belong" for An Officer and a Gentleman, a song that won the Academy Award in America and the BAFTA (British Academy Award) in the United Kingdom and was a number one hit for Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

Jack Nitzsche

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American musician, arranger, songwriter, composer, and record producer.

American musician, arranger, songwriter, composer, and record producer.

In 1983, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for co-writing "Up Where We Belong" with Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Cocker at the Festival du Bout du Monde in France in 2013

Joe Cocker

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English singer known for his gritty, bluesy voice and dynamic stage performances that featured expressive body movements.

English singer known for his gritty, bluesy voice and dynamic stage performances that featured expressive body movements.

Cocker at the Festival du Bout du Monde in France in 2013
Sheffield Legends plaque in Cocker's home city of Sheffield, England
Cocker in 1969, as pictured on the cover of his second album, Joe Cocker!
Joe Cocker at Woodstock (1969)
Cocker in concert at Palasport, Rome, July 1972
Cocker performing on 16 October 1980 at the National Stadium, Dublin
Cocker playing air guitar in Hallandale Beach, Florida, in 2003
Joe Cocker in 2011

Cocker's best selling song was the U.S. number one "Up Where We Belong", a duet with Jennifer Warnes that earned a 1983 Grammy Award.

picture sleeve of February 1983 UK release

Right Time of the Night

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Title of a composition by Peter McCann which became a Top Ten hit single in 1977 via a recording by Jennifer Warnes.

Title of a composition by Peter McCann which became a Top Ten hit single in 1977 via a recording by Jennifer Warnes.

picture sleeve of February 1983 UK release

However Warnes was to twice reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a duo member, first with Joe Cocker on "Up Where We Belong" (1982) and then with Bill Medley on "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (1987).

Theatrical release poster

An Officer and a Gentleman

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1982 American romantic drama film starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, and Louis Gossett Jr. Gossett won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film, making him the first black male to do so.

1982 American romantic drama film starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, and Louis Gossett Jr. Gossett won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film, making him the first black male to do so.

Theatrical release poster
Battery Kinzie, scene of "I got nowhere else to go!"

When Gere saw the scene later, with a portion of the score (that was used to write "Up Where We Belong") played at the right tempo, he said it gave him chills.

The Best of Joe Cocker (1992 album)

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Compilation album by Joe Cocker, released as a 16-track release in UK, Germany and the rest of the Europe in 1992 and as a 12-track release in the United States and Canada in 1993.

Compilation album by Joe Cocker, released as a 16-track release in UK, Germany and the rest of the Europe in 1992 and as a 12-track release in the United States and Canada in 1993.

4) "Up Where We Belong (Duet with Jennifer Warnes)" – 3:55 (Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Will Jennings) (1982)

25th Annual Grammy Awards

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The 25th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 23, 1983, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.

The 25th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 23, 1983, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.

Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes for "Up Where We Belong"