Name of the song: I’ll Be There For You
Performed by: The Rembrandts
Co-Written by: Friends producers David Crane and Martha Kauffman, Kauffman’s husband, composer Michael Skloff, and songwriter Allee Willis, along with Phil Solem and Danny Wolde, both of the Rembrandts.
Fun Facts about the making of I’ll Be There for You:
- The song was initially offered to the rock bands They Might Be Giants and R.E.M.
- The song is influenced by The Beatles (I feel Fine) and blues singer Bobby Parker (Watch Your Step).
- The original theme that is 1 minute long was re-recorded as a three-minute pop song due to popular demand after Nashville program director Charlie Quinn, along with radio announcer and music director Tom Peace looped the original short version into a full track and broadcast it on radio station WYHY Y-107.
- The song was included in The Rembrandts’ album LP at the last minute.
- The entire Friends cast is feature in the music video. It was included as a bonus on several DVD boxsets of the show.
- The song got to number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and Top 40 Mainstream. It also got to #3 in the UK Singles Chart, New Zealand and Australia; #5 in Ireland and Norway, and #1 in Canada.
- The song has been cover by The Goo Goo Dolls, Pink Lincolns, Alvin and the Chimpmunks, Westife, among others.