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Album: Down To EarthReleased: 1979Charted:
In an interview with Songfacts, guitarist Russ Ballard said he wrote "Since You Been Gone" for himself; it featured on his 1975 Winning
The best-known version though is that recorded by Rainbow for the 1979 Down To Earth
album, with Graham Bonnet
on vocals. Running to 3 minutes 25 seconds, it was the second track on side two, an obvious single, and the band's biggest hit to date. Produced by bass player Roger Glover and released on the Polydor label, it reached #6 on the UK chart.
The upbeat melody belies the heartache in this song, as the singer is losing his mind now that his girl has left him. He can't stop thinking about her, reading her breakup letter under the streetlight and wishing for her return.
The Illinois rock band Head East was the first to chart with this song, taking it to #46 US in 1978 (it was the band's biggest hit).
In 1979, Cherie & Marie Currie took the song to #95 US. Their version, with the gender flipped, was issued with the grammatically correct title "Since You've Been Gone." This was the only chart appearance for the twin sister duo, who formed after Cherie Currie left The Runaways.