Everlasting Love

Album: Everlasting Love (1967)
Charted: 19 13
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  • Robert Knight was a protégé of Mac Gayden and Buzz Cason, who wrote the song for him. The song has been recorded by a number of prominent artists, with four different versions charting in the United States and an astounding seven versions in the UK, the biggest of which was by the English band Love Affair, who reached #1 on the UK charts in 1968, relegating Knight's original to #40. However, the Knight version was reissued in the UK in 1974 and reached #19.

    Knight had two more Hot 100 hits in the US: "Blessed Are The Lonely" and "Isn't It Lonely Together," both of with reached #97 in 1968. In the UK, he made #10 with "Love On A Mountain Top," but the 1974 reissue of "Everlasting Love" was his last chart success. He later pursued a career in chemical research.
  • Mac Gayden, who co-wrote the song, recorded it on his album Skybird. Gayden was a session guitarist who was once a member of the country supergroup Area Code 615. His co-writer Buzz Cason is better known as the founder of The Casuals, Nashville's first rock and roll band, and also for performing with two members of The Jordanaires. Cason was also a back-up singer for the likes of Elvis Presley and Kenny Rogers. >>
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    Tony - Devon, England, for above 2
  • Love Affair used session musicians rather than the band itself on their version. The only member of the group who performed on it was their 16-year-old vocalist Steve Ellis. In an interview with Shindig magazine, Ellis said, "The general opinion seemed to be that I should do it with an orchestra and then give it a Phil Spector-type production. Obviously I felt odd without the band being in the studio but it was for the good of all involved. Two takes and it was done. The band were not too concerned about this approach to things."

    Love affair went onto achieve five more UK Top 20 hits on which the group did get to perform.
  • Jazz vocalist Jaime Cullum's 2004 version marked the 8th time the song made the UK charts, reaffirming the song's status as the second most covered track in UK chart history (only "Unchained Melody" with nine versions can beat it). Since Love Affair hit the top alongside Robert Knight's US original in 1968 there have been chart covers by Gloria Estefan and The Cast From Casualty among others - this latter version was the only other version to go Top 10.
  • The highest-charting version of this song in the United States was by Carl Carlton, whose cover reached #6 in 1974. Carlton kicked off a career in soul, R&B, and funk in the late 1960s, originally recording as "Little Carl" Carlton, in synergy with Stevie Wonder, who also started out as "Little Stevie." He moved to Houston Texas and started his own record label, Back Beat Records, which moved his career into high gear and gave him his first mainstream success with "Everlasting Love." A portion of Carlton's cover has been used in a Hallmark musical greeting card sold in the US and Canada. This version was also frequently sampled in the HBO original TV series Arli$$.
  • Chart breakdown of the "Everlasting Love" covers:

    Robert Knight (1967): #13 US, #19 UK
    Carl Carlton (1974): #6 US
    Rex Smith/Rachel Sweet (1981): #32 US, #35 UK
    Gloria Estefan (1995): #27 US, #19 UK
    Love Affair (1968): #1 UK
    Worlds Apart (1993): #20 UK
    Cast From Casualty (1998): #5 UK
    Jamie Cullum (2004): #20 UK
  • In 2006, this was used in TV commercials for Pringles Crisps. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Howard Jones and Andy Gibb both charted completely different songs called "Everlasting Love," Gibb's hit #5 US in 1978 and Jones' made #12 US in 1989. If you're looking for the eHarmony song, that would be Natalie Cole's first hit: "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)."
  • U2 released a version of this song on their "All I Want Is You" single. When we spoke with the song's co-writer Buzz Cason in 2015, he said: "We still don't know why U2 did 'Everlasting Love.' It was a very big song in England. A bigger song in England than it was in the States. It was a #1 record by a band called the Love Affair in England, so everybody knew it. So I kind of assumed that it was the same in Ireland where Bono and all those guys were and they just decided one night, 'Hey, let's throw this thing together.

    They don't even do the lyrics right on it [Laughs]. But I raced cars for years and one of my mechanics called me and said, 'Hey, listen to what's in the background. That's U2 singing your song.' I was like, 'Oh no, man, that's got to be somebody else. That can't be.' It was just surreal."
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm
    Robert Knight, best remembered for the original hit version of "Everlasting Love"* (#13 in 1967), died Sunday (November 5th, 2017) in Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he had been in critical care for the past two weeks. The Franklin, Tennessee native was 72...
    While still in high school, Robert joined with other students in a 4-man called the Paramounts that recorded a minor R&B hit for Dot Records in 1960. The group disbanded though, which led to a contract breech that kept him from recording for the next five years. During that time he studied chemistry at Tennessee State University and began singing with another group, the Fairlanes. Discovered by Buzz Cason, he was signed to Buzz's Rising Sons Records and given "Everlasting Love" (co-written by Buzz). A follow-up, "Blessed Are The Lonely", only got to #97 early the following year, as did "Isn't It Lonely Together" (written by Ray Stevens) for Elf Records later in 1968. With his singing career at a standstill, Robert went to work at Vanderbilt University as a lab technician, chemistry teacher and even a member of the grounds crew...
    May he R.I.P.
    * Two covered version of "Everlasting Love" made the Top 100 chart, in 1974 Carl Carlton took his version to #6 and in 1981 the duo of Rachel Sweet & Rex Smith reached #32 with it...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 16th 1974, Carl Carlton performed "Everlasting Love" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #9 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eight days later on November 24th it peaked at #6 {for 2 weeks} and spent a total of 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #11 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    He had four other Top 100 hits; "Competition Ain't Nothin'" {#75 in 1968}, "Drop by My Place" {#78 in 1970}, "Smokin' Room" {#91 in 1975}, and "She's a Bad, Mama Jama" {#22 in 1981}...
    Mr. Carlton will celebrate his 63rd birthday come next May 21st {2015}.
  • Drew from Birmingham, AlRobert Knight seems to have subtly modeled this song after the Four Seasons' "Working My Way Back to You" the year prior. The same rhythm and the same lyrical theme (pleading forgiveness and one more chance) are present in both. Not to mention, both have been covered by disco cover versions.
  • Mamie from Cleveland, OhI wish the oldies station here played this version. Don't like C.C. version at all, but that is all they play. Original is still best.
  • Gary from Houston, TxOk
    I have gone over ever version of this song and Sandra's Arrangement is by far the Best
  • Ed from Canton, OhWhy is there no mention of the Carl Carlton version in the song facts? His was the best version, maybe because that was version the I grew up with as well.
  • Jane from Austin, Txi like gloria estefan's version. She made like several mixes of it and my favorite of the mixes is the Classic Paradise Mix.
  • Muzza from Auckland, New ZealandI had no idea the Love Affair's version wasnt the original..it's still a highly requested hit here in NZ in fact I just played on the SolidGoldFM network where I do the afternoon drive show..I love this site.
    Muzza
    www.solidgoldfm.co.nz
    New zealand
  • Thomaz from Rio De Janeiro, Brazilu2 also made a cover. One of mines alltime favorites. They "edit" a bit the lyrics.
    Its in their album "best 80-90" (bsides).
    Thomaz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Christine from Windhoek, South AfricaSandra did a cover of this in the 80s, re-writing a line in the chorus. The original says: "Girl to be my bride". Sandra changed it to "There's no need to hide".
  • Matthew from Milford, MaI absolutely love Gloria Estefan's cover version of this! The original is awesome, too! It's perfect for the tender, romantic moments... ^_^
  • Scott from Phoenix, AzCarl Carlton had a #6 hit in the U.S. in 1974. That was the version I grew up with.
  • Sebastian from Providence, RiSandra, Michael Cretu's wife, sings this song also. She was young, thou.
  • Markus from Stockholm, SwedenOne of the top bullseye songs of all time...
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