Separate Lives

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"Separate Lives"
Separate Lives.jpg
Single by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
from the album White Nights: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "I Don't Wanna Know"
Released 11 November 1985 (UK)[1]
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Soft rock[2]
Length 4:06
Label Atlantic, Virgin Records, WEA
Songwriter(s) Stephen Bishop
Producer(s) Arif Mardin, Hugh Padgham, Phil Collins
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Don't Lose My Number"
"Separate Lives"
" In the Air Tonight (Remix)"

"Don't Lose My Number"
"Separate Lives"
" In the Air Tonight (Remix)"

"Separate Lives" is a 1985 song recorded by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin and featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture White Nights. It reached No. 1 in November, 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts as well as in Canada.[3] It reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[1]

Songwriter Stephen Bishop recorded his own version for his album Sleeping With Girls for Polydor Records, released in 1985. Bishop received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 1986. It lost to Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me" from the same film.

Collins recorded other versions of "Separate Lives" while on tour. He sang with touring singer Amy Keys in 1994, the song appearing on the album Live from the Board.[5] Beginning in 1997 he has performed the song many times with Italian singer Laura Pausini.[6] In 2004 Collins recorded a version with Bridgette Bryant who had toured with him in 1990 in support of ...But Seriously.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video features Martin and Collins singing and playing the piano, intercut with scenes from the movie.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 14
Canadian RPM 100 1
French Singles Chart 44
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italy (FIMI)[9] 26
New Zealand Singles Chart 29
Norwegian Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 50
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Zimbabwe Singles Chart[10] 2


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for Phil Collins (page 3)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Danis, Kirsten (25 July 1999). "Phil Collins employee now his Swiss missus". New York Post. New York. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  3. ^ DeKnock, Jan (1985-11-29). "'Separate Lives' No. 1 as Expected". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  4. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 160. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
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  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 71. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

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