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"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" is a song originally performed by Jackie DeShannon in 1968, who composed it with her brother, Randy Myers, and Jimmy Holiday. In the USA, it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching #4 and rivaling the success of her signature song, "What the World Needs Now is Love".
The first six notes of the melody are the similar to the intro first six notes of 1967's "Baby, You're a Rich Man" by The Beatles. In more recent times, the chorus of "Love Machine" by Girls Aloud bears an uncanny resemblance.
Annie Lennox & Al Green version
In 1988 Annie Lennox and Al Green recorded a version that was released as the ending theme song to the 1988 film Scrooged. The song reached #9 in the USA, and was a top 40 hit in several countries worldwide. Although the song has been covered numerous times only this version was a charted hit in the USA.
- Ella Fitzgerald, the beloved "First Lady of Song", recorded this on her live album "Ella A Nice".
- Susan Raye covered the song her debut 1969 album, One Night Stand. The song was released as a single and peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
- Albertina Walker the "Queen of Gospel" recorded a cover of the song along with The Caravans for her album by the same title in 1972.
- Dolly Parton recorded a cover of the song for her album Slow Dancing With the Moon.
- The Dave Clark Five recorded a version in 1968. Issued as a single in the UK, it spent four weeks in the top 75, reaching number 31, three positions below that attained by Annie Lennox and Al Green in 1988.
- Mary Mary's version was featured in the film Stuart Little 2.
- Punk band Circle Jerks covered the song on their sophomore album Wild In The Streets.
- Marcia Griffths recorded a reggae cover.
- A cover appeared in a 2003 Gap television campaign, performed by Al Green, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Rowland, Stephan Jenkins, Vanessa Carlton, Ginuwine, Musiq, Heather Headley and Gavin DeGraw.
- A version is currently being used during the promo for the newest season of TLC's The Little Couple.
- Leonard Nimoy recorded a version.
- ^ British Hit Singles, 12th edition, Guinness