The Association

Cherish

Composed by Terry Kirkman

Song Review by

Number 22 on BMI's list of the most played 100 songs on television and radio of the 20th century, "Cherish" remains a classic of the era, and is still to this day played at countless weddings and anniversaries. Written by Association member Terry Kirkman, the song was strongly inspired by the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin." This song contains a similar tempo and stately grace. The movement in the harmonic changes also have a palpable big-band jazz influence as well, and this surely comes from Kirkman's Stan Kenton leanings. Sweet and sentimental, the lyrics have a quality that is easy to relate to, indeed was part of its appeal. Although the song had a three-week run at the top spot on the pop charts, it almost didn't come out as a single. Producer Curt Boettcher, feeling that the long running time (3:30) would discourage radio play, put down the incorrect, shorter time of three minutes even on the label, and that did the trick, sending the group on a brief but satisfying run in the Top 40 charts.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
And Then...Along Comes the Association 1966 Warner Bros. 3:27
Greatest Hits! 1968 Warner Bros. 3:25
The Association Live 1970 Warner Bros. 5:15
No Image 1981 Warner Bros.
Songs That Made Them Famous 1986 Pair
American Rock 'N' Roll Classics, Vol. 6 1988
Various Artists
Roulette Records
Golden Years: 1966 1990
Various Artists
Dominion 3:24
Super Box of Rock [1992] 1992
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:20
Heartbreakers, Vol. 3: True Love 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 3:23
The Sensational 60's, Vol. 2 [Dominion] 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 3:02
Rock & Roll Years: 1966 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:24
The Fabulous 60's 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 3:23
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Warner Music
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1966 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: #1 Radio Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:26
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel 3:20
Sixties Generation: 1966 1997
Various Artists
Retro Music 3:21
Party Gold 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records 3:23
Happy Days 1960's 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:25
The Wedding Album, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 3:00
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 66 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:23
Global Rock, Vol. 6: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Rockin' Jukebox, 1966 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 3:23
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1966 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 3:22
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:23
#1 Hits: The Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair / Number 1 Hits 3:25
Generations of Folk, Vol. 3: Classic Harmonies 1998
Various Artists
Vanguard 3:27
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Love and Inspiration 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: Rock & Roll's Greatest Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 3:16
4 Legendary Groups 1999
Various Artists
Double Play Records 3:22
Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Gift to You 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Rock N' Roll of the 60's, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 3:23
Hot Hits: Rock N' Roll of the 60's 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:23
Sixties Generation: 1966-1967 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:21
Rock N' Roll Hits of the 60's 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:23
Memorable Party Favorites 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:25
Rock 'n' Roll 60's Flashback 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:23
Ten Best 2000 Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra / Purple Pyramid 3:26
The 60's [K-Tel] 2000
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 3:21
Casey Kasem Presents: Number One Hits-The Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:28
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 3:24
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 3:26
Love Is Forever 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:23
Love Is Forever [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:23
60's Groove 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:22
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:26
Remembering 1966 2001
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:22
The Sixties Groovy Hits [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Deuce Boxed Sets 3:24
No. 1 aux U.S.A. [EMI Music France] 2002 Magic
She's a Lady [Startel] 2002
Various Artists
Startel
Jukebox Hits 1966 [Madacy 2 CD] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:23
Cherish [Original Soundtrack] 2002
Original Soundtrack
New Line Records 3:27
The Essentials 2002 Rhino / Warner Music 3:27
Very Best of the 60's [Essential] 2002
Various Artists
Essential Records
Gold Collection: Pop Love Songs 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:24
Singers & Songwriters: 1964-1969 [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Rock N Roll Reunion 1966 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:26
21 Winners: Jukebox Hits of the '60s [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:22
Soft Rock Classics [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:22
#1 Pop Hits of the 60s & 70s [Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:24
Windy 2003 Vista 3:38
Back to Back 2003 K-Tel Distribution 3:22
More Ultimate Power of Love 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:23
20 Rockin' Hits of the 60's [Disc 3] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:23
Treasury of Love 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:27
Love and Romance All Night Long 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:23
Gold Collection: Feelin' Groovy 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:22
Happy Days of the 60s [2-CD] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:24
20 Best Hits of the 60s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:22
More Best of the 60's 2004
Various Artists
Disky
Straight from the Heart [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:28
Ultimate Love [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:23
Love and Romance 2004
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 3:22
No Image 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:20
Music of Your Life: Secret Rendezvous 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
100 Rockin' Hits of the 60's 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:23
Golden Era of the 60's [Bonus DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:20
Rhino Hi-Five: The Association 2005 Warner Bros. 3:29
Ultimate Wedding Songs 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
Rhino Hi-Five: Wedding Songs, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
ITH / Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:30
Hit Radio Flashback, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:23
Legends: 60's Jukebox Legends 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:24
60's Radio Gold 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:22
The Ultimate Slow Dancing Collection 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:22
Moments of Love: Ultimate Love Songs 2006
Various Artists
Style Records 3:23
60's Flower Power [Direct Source 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:22
Golden Legends: 60's Legends 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:21
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Mastersong
Happy Days of the 60s [4-CD] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:23
All #1 Hits '60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:26
60's Love Songs: The Ultimate Collection 2006
Various Artists
MCI 3:22
The Best Romantic Music 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:23
#1 Hits of the 50s and 60s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:21
The Greatest Groovy 60's Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:26
Romantic 60's: Original Artists 2007
Various Artists
Laserlight 3:23
For Lovers Only: Our Love Is Forever 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:22
Music for Moms: Smooth and Easy Pop Hits 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:22
60's #1 Hits 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:22
Prime 17: The Greatest Love Songs of All Time 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:26
60s Love Songs 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:22
#1 Classic Hits of the 60s 1965-1970 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:25
Number 1 Pop Hits of the '60s, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:22
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
No Image 2007
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:22
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
Best of the 60s [Diamond] 2008
Various Artists
TGG Direct / Diamond Recordings 3:22
Soft Pop Romance 2008
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:22
25 Best: Love Songs 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 3:22
Eis Am Stiel Very Best Of - Die Schonsten Hits Der Und 60er Jahre! 2008
Various Artists
Edel Entertainment / Edel Records 3:22
Rock 'N' Roll & Petticoats: Hits der 50er + 60er 2009
Various Artists
Edel Records 3:21
Pop Memories of the '60s: My Special Angel 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
100 Hits: Sixties Pop 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:25
Pop Memories of the 60s [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
Flashback with the Association 2011 Rhino Flashback 3:26
The Complete Warner Bros. & Valiant Singles Collection 2012 Now Sounds 3:15
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 3:26
Magic Bus 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:27
The London American Label, Year by Year: 1966 2015
Various Artists
Ace 3:14
Original Album Series 2016 Rhino
#1 Hits of the 50s & 60s [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 3:22
3/60: The Sixties
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
50 Romantic Records, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Warner Music
60s Hits [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
Classic '60s Pop
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:24
Easy Listening Classics/Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
Essential No. 1 Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music 3:21
Everlasting Love [Sessions Disc 1]
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:25
Global Rock, Vol. 4-6: From London to L.A.
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Legendary Voices
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 3:24
Love & Romance
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:22
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:20
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:20
Party Tyme Karaoke: Billboard Top 40 Karaoke, Vol. 6
Karaoke
Sybersound Records 3:36
Romancing the '60s: My Special Angel
Various Artists
StarVista 3:26
No Image Rhino 3:22
The Sockhop Collection: Save the Last Dance for Me
Various Artists
StarVista 3:25
No Image K-Tel 3:20
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:20
Top Hits/60's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:26
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:20
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