The Rose (song)

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"The Rose"
Single by Bette Midler
from the album The Rose
Released1980
GenrePop
Length3:40
LabelAtlantic
Writer(s)Amanda McBroom
ProducerPaul A. Rothchild
Bette Midler singles chronology
"When a Man Loves a Woman"
(1980)
"The Rose"
(1980)
"My Mother's Eyes"
(1980)
 
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"The Rose"
Single by Bette Midler
from the album The Rose
Released1980
GenrePop
Length3:40
LabelAtlantic
Writer(s)Amanda McBroom
ProducerPaul A. Rothchild
Bette Midler singles chronology
"When a Man Loves a Woman"
(1980)
"The Rose"
(1980)
"My Mother's Eyes"
(1980)

"The Rose" is a pop song written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler, who performed it in the 1979 film The Rose. Since then it has been covered by a variety of artists.

Bette Midler version[edit]

"The Rose" is featured in the 1979 film of the same name, in which it was performed by Midler. The single peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the adult contemporary chart, and it was certified gold by the RIAA for over half a million copies sold.[1][2] McBroom won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, although she was not nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[3] Midler won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "The Rose".[4]

There are two mixes of the song. The single mix features orchestration, while the version in the film (and on its soundtrack) includes an extended introduction while doing away with the orchestration in favor of piano-and-vocals only.

Preceded by
"Lost in Love" by Air Supply
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
May 10, 1980 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Little Jeannie" by Elton John

Conway Twitty version[edit]

"The Rose"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album Dream Maker
ReleasedJanuary 17, 1983
GenreCountry
LabelElektra
Writer(s)Amanda McBroom
ProducerConway Twitty, Jimmy Bowen
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"We Did But Now You Don't"
(1982)
"The Rose"
(1983)
"Lost in the Feeling"
(1983)

Country singer Conway Twitty recorded a cover version in 1983. His version, off his album Dream Maker, was a Number One country hit in U.S. and Canada. Conway Twitty's version was his 30th number one single on the U.S. country chart.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks1
Preceded by
"If Hollywood Don't Need You (Honey I Still Do)"
by Don Williams
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

March 12, 1983
Succeeded by
"I Wouldn't Change You If I Could"
by Ricky Skaggs
Preceded by
"Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning"
by Willie Nelson
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 26, 1983

Westlife version[edit]

"The Rose"
Single by Westlife
from the album The Love Album
ReleasedNovember 6, 2006
FormatCD Single
RecordedStudio 301, Stockholm, Sweden & Metropolis Studio, London
GenrePop
Length3:39
LabelSonyBMG
Writer(s)Amanda McBroom
ProducerQuiz & Larossi
Westlife singles chronology
"Amazing"
(2006)
The Rose
(2006)
"Home"
(2007)
"The Rose CD2"

"The Rose" was covered by Irish boyband Westlife and was released as the first and only single from their eighth studio album, The Love Album. It reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart for one week in November 2006. This became the group's 14th number-one single.[6] The single has sold over 140,000 copies in Britain so far.[7] The band gave their first live performance of the song on Miss World 2005.

Tours performed at[edit]

The Love Tour

Tracklisting[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "The Rose" - 3:40
  2. "Solitaire" - 5:07
UK CD2
  1. "The Rose" - 3:40
  2. "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" - 3:47
  3. "If" - 2:42
  4. "The Rose" (Video) - 3:55

Music video[edit]

The video for this single was presented in black and white and shows the emotions and events leading up to a couple's wedding procession. The band members are clad in suits and are shown in a checkered-floor room. During the initial period of the video's release, fans were given the opportunity to customise the music video by digitally adding their names to various elements such as the wedding invitation card. A coloured version of the music video was later made available.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006)Peak
position
[6][8]
Austrian Singles Chart67
European Hot 100 Singles[9]4
Irish Singles Chart1
Sweden Singles Chart4
Swiss Singles Chart85
UK Singles Chart1
Preceded by
"Put Your Hands Up For Detroit" by Fredde Le Grand
UK Singles Chart number-one single
November 12, 2006 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Smack That" by Akon
Preceded by
"The Saints Are Coming" by U2 & Green Day
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
November 16, 2006 (1 week)

The Dubliners[edit]

"The Rose"
Single by The Hothouse Flowers and The Dubliners
from the album 30 Years A-Greying
Released1991
FormatCassette, CD
GenreCeltic rock,Pop Music
LabelLondon Records
The Hothouse Flowers and The Dubliners singles chronology
"Jack's Heroes"
(1990)
"The Rose"
(1991)
"Red Roses For Me"
(1994)

The Dubliners did a duet with The Hothouse Flowers for Rose Week and released "The Rose" as a single in 1991 reaching No.2 in the Irish Singles chart.

Other versions[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

Kurt Cobain mockingly sang the first line of this song at the beginning of Nirvana's famed 1992 Reading Festival appearance. On the television show Family Guy, in the episode "Baby Not on Board," the Griffins sing an abbreviated version of "The Rose" in the style of Bette Midler after Peter suggests they sing a driving song. In the Two and a Half Men episode "City of Great Racks", a version of the song by LeAnn Rimes was played during a montage of Rose and Charlie. The song was also briefly played in the movie Napoleon Dynamite during the "Happy Hands Club" scene. The Kelly Family did a recording of "The Rose"[10] as well.

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