Kool & the Gang

Cherish

Composed by James "J.T." Taylor / Kool & the Gang / Ronald Bell

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Most of Kool and the Gang's biggest hits were recorded at House of Music in West Orange, NJ. While recording songs for their Emergency album, the band decided to record in the Bahamas at Compass Point Studios in Nassau. Bass player Robert Bell's brother and band musical director Khalis Bayyan definitely had a knack for knowing what would be a hit for the band. Bayyan had gotten into the then-emerging MIDI music technology and purchased a drum machine. While working along the beach, lead singer James "J.T." Taylor watched the band members' children happily at play and thought to himself "how blessed we are. God has been good to us and we should cherish it." Using that as the basis for the song "Cherish," Taylor submitted it to Bell and Bayyan, who thought it was great. Co-produced with engineer Jim Bonnefond, the gentle ballad "Cherish" went to number one R&B and number two pop for three weeks during the fall of 1985. The song also has special significance to Bell and Bayyan as their uncle told him that their father was listening to the song when he passed away in October 1985.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Emergency 1984 De Lite 4:50
Sweet Dreams [EMI] 1986
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:45
Soft Champions: Das Stärkste in Soft 1987
Various Artists
Polygram 3:57
Everything's Kool & the Gang: Greatest Hits & More 1988 Mercury 4:21
The Greatest Love, Vol. 3 [Telstar] 1989
Various Artists
Telstar 4:01
The Ballad Collection 1990 Mercury 4:49
Anthology [Alex/Double Classics] 1992 Double Classics
Radio City Love Songs 1992
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:43
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 8 1993
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:43
K-Tel Presents: '80s Love Jams 1994
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:58
Read the Hits/Best of the 80's 1994
Various Artists
MRA
Hot & Sexy, Vol. 3: Love & Romance 1995
Various Artists
Priority Records
Quiet Storm: The 70's [Rebound #1] 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1985 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:03
The Greatest Soul Album of All Time [Dino] 1995
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:57
Endless Love [Intersound] 1996
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
All About Soul [Castle] 1996
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:53
Dusty Jams: Classic Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
DM Records 4:17
Rock On 1985 [CD #1] 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 8 1996
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:19
Anthology [EMI] 1996 Mercury 5:43
Smooth Grooves: Wedding Songs 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 5:40
Slow Dancin' [97] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:59
The Greatest Love Songs [K-Tel] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:58
All-Time Greatest Hits 1998 Curb 4:57
Greatest Hits Live [Rhino] 1998 Rhino 5:54
Soul Legends: The Classic Collections of Sweet Soul 1998
Various Artists
Master 5:58
All by Myself [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:54
Greatest Hits [Polygram] 1998 Polygram 3:58
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 80, Vol. 2 (1985) 1998
Various Artists
Eva 4:46
Singles Collection 1999 Phonogram (Sweden) 3:58
Body + Soul: Love Serenade [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Very Best of Kool & the Gang 1999 Mercury 3:59
Now: 1985 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:56
Sounds of the Eighties 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:21
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Pop Classics 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:21
Body + Soul: Quiet Storm 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:42
The Power of Love [BMG UK Boxset] 1999
Various Artists
BMG 3:57
Heart of Soul Classics 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O / Polygram 5:44
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Kool & The Gang 2000 Mercury 3:59
Body + Soul: Sweet Seduction 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:42
Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal Distribution / Universal/Polygram 4:00
The Collection [Polygram International] 2000 Spectrum Music / Karussell 3:57
The Feeling of Body & Soul 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:42
Smooth Grooves: The Essential Collection 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:03
Speculum Vitæ: Lieder for Soprano and Organ or Piano 2000
Various Artists
4:47
Gangland 2001 JVC Compact Discs 4:46
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Burning Hearts
The Best of Kool & the Gang [Japan] 2002 Japanese Import 4:00
Love So Strong 2002
Various Artists
WSM / Warner Music
To Have and to Hold [Music for Two] 2002
Various Artists
Music For Two 5:41
No Image 2002 Music Deluxe (UK)
Too Hot Live 2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 5:50
80's Love Songs [2002] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:51
Let's Get It On [Medalist] 2002
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 5:41
The Picture of Romance 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:41
No Image 2003
Various Artists
ZYX Music
All the Hits Live 2003 Masters 5:50
No Image 2003 Mercury / Universal
The Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution 4:50
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: Chocolates & Champagne 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Wedding Songs [Time Life] 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:42
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1985 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:56
Gold Collection 2004 Retro Music 6:01
Melodies: The Best of Ballads 2004
Various Artists
WEA
The Hits: Reloaded 2004 Fontana South / Music World Music 4:27
Soul City [CRG] 2004
Various Artists
CRG 5:23
Tonight I Celebrate My Love 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Legends 5:41
So into You [2 Disc] 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 5:23
Have You Seen Her 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 5:23
Gold 2005 Motown / Mercury 5:41
Live [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 5:01
The Universal Masters DVD Collection 2005 Mercury / Spectrum Music
No Image 2005 Island/Def Jam
Best of Pop Classics 2005
Various Artists
Paradiso
School Reunion: The Smooches 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Heart and Soul: Gloria Gaynor/Kool and the Gang 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum
Body and Soul: Platinum 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:41
60 Soul Classics 2005
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum 2:54
Smooth Summer Soul 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:55
Good Times 2005
Various Artists
Som Livre
No Image 2005 Laserlight 5:02
Get Down on It [Video] 2005 Mercury
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Body and Soul 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 5:41
Live 40th Anniversary Greatest Hits 2005 Platinum High-Definition
Blues & Soul, Vol. 9: 1984-1985 2005
Various Artists
Connoisseur Collection
Sweet Memories [Sky] 2005
Various Artists
Sky Records 3:59
Sweet Love Songs of Soul 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 4:32
Feel the Funk 2006 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 5:57
Love Songs: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:39
Golden Legends: Kool and the Gang Live 2006 Madacy 5:20
Classic Soul Ballads: Sweet Thing 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:46
Get Down on It: The Very Best of Kool & the Gang 2006 Universal Distribution / Mercury / Universal 3:55
Best of the 80's [Universal] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Experience the 80's 2006
Various Artists
Weton
The Best of Kool and the Gang: Live [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 4:58
The Best of R&B [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 5:23
Best of Kool & the Gang [Disky] 2006 Disky 5:57
Greatest Ever! Love: The Definitive Collection [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:57
'80s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music 5:41
Platinum Collection 2006 Platinum Entertainment
Love Songs: Trilogy 2006
Various Artists
Music Brokers / PMB 5:17
Tonight I Celebrate My Love [Hallmark #2] 2006
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 5:41
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Power of Love 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 4:00
Disky Friends Reunited 1985 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:56
Soul Love: 50 Great Soul Legends of Love 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:56
For Lovers Only: Romantic Soul 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 5:23
Gold: The Videos 2007 Mercury
Music for Moms: Smooth and Easy Pop Hits 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 5:23
30 #1 Soul Hits 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:58
Ladies Night [Dynamic] 2007 Dynamic
Forever Gold 2007 St. Clair 5:23
20 Smooth Soul Songs 2007
Various Artists
Bayberry Records 4:58
Prime 17: Smooth R&B Slow Jams 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 5:40
Kool & the Gang [Madacy] 2007 Madacy 5:19
True Power Ballads 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:59
Videology 2007 Island/mercury
Ultimate 80s [Madacy 3-CD] 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 5:22
80s Love Song 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:58
Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons 2007 Universal Distribution 3:54
Silver Collection 2007 Universal Distribution 4:00
No Image 2007 Immortal
Ultimate Collection: Hits of the 80s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:58
Celebration [LT Series] 2007 Lt Series 5:55
Colour Collection 2007 Universal Distribution 4:00
12" 80's Love 2008
Various Artists
Family Recordings 5:41
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Cheap O Lata / WG Productions
The Very Best of Kool & the Gang [Retro] 2008 Retro Music 6:01
25 Best: Hits of the 1980's 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 5:23
No Image 2008 Blackhill / Edel Records
The Very Best of Smooth Jazz 2008
Various Artists
Universal 3:43
R&B Favorites [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 5:23
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Love 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:57
Smooth Love R&B Hits 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 5:23
Best of R&B [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 5:23
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:41
R&B Love [Madacy] 2009
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:23
17 Again [Music from the Motion Picture] 2009
Original Soundtrack
WaterTower Music 3:59
Purely Hits of the 80s 2009
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Purely 5:02
Heartbreakers 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:01
Live at Montreux 2009 2009 Eagle Records 5:34
Soul Hits 2010
Various Artists
Columbia River Group 5:23
Icon 2011 Mercury 5:42
Easy 80s 2011
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 5:41
Easy 80s: Secret Lovers 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:41
No Image
Various Artists
Digital Revolution Entertainment 5:23
Best Of Hits - Kool & The Gang Live St. Claire Entertainment Group 5:22
Classic Soul Anthems
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 3:59
Greatest Ever Summer Love
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Hifi Visionen Pop, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Hifi Vision 4:46
Hit of the 80s
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 5:02
Kool Love Telstar
No Image Vista 5:23
Lovely Days, Vol. 2
Various Artists
4:47
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