“Friends and Lovers” by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
“Friends and Lovers” was recorded by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson in 1985, but wasn’t released on a record label until 1986. Gloria Loring was married to Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) from 1970 until 1983. Beginning in 1980, she played Liz Chandler on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. Her character was a lounge singer, so she performed several songs on the show. One of the songs was “Friends and Lovers”, which became the theme music for one of the popular supercouples on the show in the mid ’80s, Shane Donovan (The Nanny‘s Charles Shaughnessy) and Kimberly Brady (Patsy Pease). Carl Anderson, best known for playing Judas Iscariot in both the stage and movie versions of Jesus Christ Superstar, appeared on Days of our Lives and performed the duet with Loring.
When the song was finally released, it was a smash hit, peaking at #2 on September 27, 1986. It was kept out of the top spot by “Stuck with You” by Huey Lewis and the News, and it remained in the Top 40 for 14 weeks. “Friends and Lovers” would be the only Top 40 hit for either performer. Loring would leave Days of our Lives the same year the single appeared on the music charts. Anderson died on February 23, 2004 after a long battle with leukemia.
“Friends and Lovers” may have been Gloria Loring’s only Top 40 hit, but many of us are very familiar with another song she performed – the theme from The Facts of Life, which she co-wrote with her then-husband, Alan Thicke. They are also the parents of Robin Thicke, who is a popular musician these days. But forget about him. Let’s Return to the ’80s, and slow dance to “Friends and Lovers”:
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