"The Power of Love" is a song co-written and originally recorded by Jennifer Rush. It has been covered by several artists, most notably by Laura Branigan, Air Supply, and Céline Dion, and translated into several languages, becoming a pop standard.
The song was first recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984. The American born Rush, who had been recording for CBS (Frankfurt) with producers Gunther Mende and Candy DeRouge since 1982, had her first German chart placing in 1984 with the Top 30 hits "25 Lovers" and "Ring of Ice"; "The Power of Love"* - written by Candy de Rouge (Wolfgang Detmann), Mende, Rush with Mary Susan Applegate (*Candy de Rouge demoed the first version of his composition in 1983 under the title "You were my Lady and I was your man" in the europasoundstudios/friedrichsdorf/Germany) - then took Rush into the Top 20 with a #17 peak in March 1985.
CBS Records London chief Paul Russell had heard Rush sing at a CBS Records convention held in Hawaii in 1984 and it was due to Russell's interest in Rush that "The Power of Love" was released in the UK, debuting at #97 on the UK chart dated 22 June 1985. Within a month the disc had stalled at the lower end of the Top 50: CBS resultantly deleted the single for a few weeks to concentrate demand in hopes of effecting a Top 40 debut upon the single's re-release. In fact "The Power of Love" did enter the Top 40 of the first UK chart subsequent to being re-released, appearing at #36 on the UK chart dated 21 September 1985, and Rush was consequently allowed to perform "The Power of Love" on Top of the Pops with a resultant leap for the disc, first to #15 and then to #2, with two further TOTP performances enabling the song’s rise to #1 and retaining the top spot for five weeks with a total of ten weeks accrued in the Top Ten; eventually Rush's "The Power of Love" was assessed as the most successful UK single by a female singer. The song has sold 1.39 million copies in the UK as of November 2012.
The massive success of "The Power of Love" in the UK occasioned widespread international success for Rush's single in the last months of 1985 and the first of 1986 including a German re-release of "The Power of Love" with a resultant #9 charting. Eventually "The Power of Love" reached #1 in Australia, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa, and also charted in Denmark (#9), France (#25), the Netherlands (#7), Switzerland (#3) and Sweden (#3). The success of Rush's "The Power of Love" in Spain - where it reached #2 in March 1986 - led Rush to render her song in Spanish and the resultant Si tu eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer spent six weeks at #1 in Spain from 19 April 1986.
CBS held off on releasing "The Power of Love" in North America feeling the disc was "too European"; the disc finally saw release in the US and Canada in January 1986 but despite rising to #1 in Canada that spring Rush's "The Power of Love" failed to become a significant US hit, stalling at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 despite performances by Rush on the March 11, 1986 broadcast of The Tonight Show and the 12 April 1986 broadcast of American Bandstand.
A remixed version of "The Power of Love" released in 1986 rose as high as #55 UK in January 1987.