The Association

Cherish

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. 3:29
No Image 1981 Warner Bros.
Songs That Made Them Famous 1986 Pair 0:00
American Rock 'N' Roll Classics, Vol. 6 1988
Various Artists
Roulette Records
AM Gold: 1966 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:27
Super Box of Rock [1992] 1992
Various Artists
Dominion 3:23
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
The Fabulous 60's 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution
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
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
1960's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
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
Chart Toppers: Romantic Hits of the 60s 1998 Priority Records 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
Ten Best 2000 Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra 3:26
Casey Kasem Presents: Number One Hits-The Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:28
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Heartland Productions, Inc. 3:23
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
Happy Days, 1960's 2001
Various Artists
Madacy 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 EMI Music Distribution 3:25
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
Gold Collection: Pop Love Songs 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:24
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
More Ultimate Power of Love 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:23
#1 Pop Hits of the 60s & 70s [Green] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:24
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
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
Lifetime Of Romance: Secret Rendezvous 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:25
Golden Era of the 60's [Bonus DVD] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:20
Rhino Hi-Five: The Association 2005 Rhino / 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
Moments of Love: Ultimate Love Songs 2006
Various Artists
Style Records 3:23
All #1 Hits '60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:26
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
#1 Hits of the 50's and 60's [Madacy CD 3] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:21
Romantic 60's: Original Artists 2007
Various Artists
Laserlight 3:23
Prime 17: The Greatest Love Songs of All Time 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:26
#1 Classic Hits of the 60s 1965-1970 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:25
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:25
The Association: Studio 102 Essentials 2008 Suite 102
Flashback with the Association 2011 Rhino Flashback 3:26
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:25
The London American Label, Year by Year: 1966 2015
Various Artists
Ace 3:14
Summer of Love [2017] 2017
Various Artists
Rhino 3:27
Drop the Needle On the Hits: Best of the Association 2017 3:25
Classic '60s Pop
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:24
Easy Listening Classics: Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time / Life 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
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
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 3:26
Time Life Presents: Greatest Love Songs of the 60's [5 Discs]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:25
Top Hits/60's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:30