everlasting hit



“Everlasting Love” was first released as an A-side for Robert Knight and reached #13 in the US in 1967. In the UK, Knight’s original peaked at #40 in 1968, but was re-issued in 1974 and reached #19.


In January 1968, Love Affair took the song to #1 in the UK.


In 1974, Carl Carlton took his version of the song to #6 on the US charts with his “Disco Purrfection” version.


In 1981, the duet version with Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet hit #35 in the UK and #32 in the US.


In the UK, “Everlasting Love” reached the Top 20 three times in the 1990s with versions by Worlds Apart (#20/ 1993)…


Gloria Estefan (#19/ 1995 in the UK and #27 in the US),,,


and, most successfully, with a charity single by the Cast from Casualty that reached #5 in 1998.


In 2004, Jamie Cullum reached #20 with his version.


Thus, “Everlasting Love” is one of two songs to become a Hot 100 US top 40 hit in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and the only song to become a UK top 40 hit in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, always—with the exception of the 1980s—reaching the UK top 20.


In 1987 the rendition of “Everlasting Love” by Sandra reached at least the Top 20 in at least eight territories, going Top 10 in four. Her version also reached UK #45 in early 1989, affording “Everlasting Love” its second UK Top 50 incarnation of the decade.


As early as 1968, “Everlasting Love” was remade for the Country & Western market by Hank Locklin, who charted at #57. I could not find his version of the song in digital.


Narvel Felts would make the song a major C&W hit in 1979, reaching #14 on the Billboard C&W chart…


and a concurrent remake by Louise Mandrell peaked at #69 C&W.


In 2004, Buzz Cason theorized on his composition’s appeal: “It’s an uplifting song, with a real positive feeling, and it’s danceable. I think people get a lift from it. When it comes to that chorus it just really lets go.”

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