Put a Little Love In Your Heart :: Annie Lennox & Al Green
from the soundtrack album to Scrooged
Put a Little Love in Your Heart is a song originally performed in 1968 by Jackie DeShannon, who composed it with her brother, Randy Myers, and Jimmy Holiday. In the USA, it was DeShannon’s highest-charting hit, reaching # 4 on the Hot 100 and # 2 on the Adult Contemporary charts. In late 1969, the song reached # 1 on South Africa’s Hit Parade.
In 1988, Annie Lennox and Al Green recorded a version that was released as the ending theme song to the 1988 film Scrooged. The song reached # 9 in the USA on the Hot 100 in January, 1989 and climbed all the way to # 2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, as well as becoming a top 40 hit in several countries worldwide. Outside of her Eurythmics band, it is Lennox’s most successful single.
Scrooged is a 1988 American comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by Michael Chapman. The screenplay was written by Mitch Glazer and Michael O’Donoghue. The original music score was composed by Danny Elfman.
The film stars Bill Murray, with Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait, John Forsythe, Carol Kane, John Houseman, and Robert Mitchum in supporting roles. Murray’s brothers Brian, John, and Joel also appear in the film.
The film was marketed with references to Ghostbusters which had been a great success four years earlier. In the USA, the tagline was, “Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it’s three against one.”
Editor’s Note: Before karaoke became something lip-sync nights were held at local bars, often with a contest attached. During my Senior year in High School there was even a lip-sync night where students got to act out and mouth along to their favorite artists. In 1988, my boyfriend at the time would bring me along to some of these contests that he often competed in (usually doing his best Billy Joel impression). That Christmas season a friend of mine and I showed up to watch one of these contests and ended up signing up to sing this song. The video played behind us and we did our best Annie and Al. Until this morning I had actually forgotten all about that night. Oh how music can gift you with memories long forgotten, even the silly ones.