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everlasting hit

32426-Everlasting-Love.

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“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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