James Taylor won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and Carole King won for Song of the Year, the songwriter's award.
Watch Video An entire generation knows this song as the theme song to the TV show "Golden Girls" from a version recorded by Cindy Fee.
Country singer Gary Morris took it into the country top 10 the same year. The ad helped propel the song to #1 on the alternative songs and rock songs charts as well as sending it climbing into the top 40 at mainstream pop radio. The hit TV show "Glee" included a notable cover of "Tongue Tied." Grouplove followed their hit with three more top 10 hit singles on the alternative songs chart.
However, it was Bette Midler's performance of the song as a eulogy for a friend in the movie "Beaches" in 1989 that made the song an unforgettable classic. Watch Video There is a bittersweet tone to Rihanna's megahit "Umbrella," but at the core of the song is a salute to the enduring power of friendship.
The single spent 4 weeks at #1 and earned 2 Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The recording raised over $3 million for AIDS research.
In a similar vein to the show, "I'll Be There for You" celebrates the humor in friendship.