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I'll Be There for You (Theme from "Friends")

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The song titled I'll Be There for You, performed by The Rembrandts, is the theme song to the hit American sitcom Friends which began airing in 1994. Although The Rembrandts write most of their own songs, this one was written specifically for the show by Michael Skloff and Allee Willis.

After a Tennessee disc jockey looped the short song into a full-length track, and played it on the air, it became so popular that "[o]ur record label said we had to finish the song and record it. There was no way to get out of it," lead singer Phil Solem said, in an AP wire story (http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=1846556) widely quoted at the time of the final episode of the show.

The song was almost not included on the album LP that The Rembrandts released a year later in 1995, but at the last minute it was decided to add it. Originally it was not released as a single (and album sales were boosted because fans bought the entire album to get a copy), but radio stations played it constantly anyway. When the single was finally released, it was a chart topper in Britain, and reached #17 in the US charts.

It has been included on the following albums:

  • Friends: Music From The TV Series (1994 soundtrack compilation)
  • LP - The Rembrandts (1995)
  • Friends Again (1999 soundtrack compilation)
  • Serial TV: Les Plus Grands Hits Des SÚries TV (compilation)


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