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"Everlasting Love" is a song written by Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden, originally a 1967 hit for Robert Knight and since remade several times, most successfully by the Love Affair, as well as Town Criers, Carl Carlton, and Sandra. In 1989, U2 released a version of "Everlasting Love" as a B-side on various formats of the "All I Want Is You" single.



The original version of "Everlasting Love" was recorded in Nashville by Robert Knight, whose producers Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden aimed to record him in a Motown style with especial reference to the Four Tops and the Temptations. Ultimately "Everlasting Love" was released as an A-side for Knight and reached #13 in 1967. Subsequently, the song has reached the US Top 40 three times, most successfully by Carl Carlton, who peaked at #6 in 1974, with more moderate success afforded later remakes by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet (#32/ 1981) and Gloria Estefan (#27/ 1995).

In the UK "Everlasting Love" was covered by the Love Affair: with a standout vocal performance by Steve Ellis it achieved #1 status in January 1968. That version eclipsed the Robert Knight original, which stalled at #40, although it was reissued in 1974 and reached #19 UK. Also in 1968, a cover by the Australian group, Town Criers, reached #2 in the Australian charts.

A 1981 duet version, sung by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet, reached #35 UK, and in the 1990s "Everlasting Love" reached the UK Top 20 three times via remakes by Worlds Apart (#20/ 1993), Gloria Estefan (#19/ 1995) and, most successfully, 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 Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s (the other being "The Way You Do the Things You Do") 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 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. The versions of the song by Love Affair, Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet, Worlds Apart, and Gloria Estefan also saw multinational chart action which was especially strong for the Love Affair version.

As early as 1968, "Everlasting Love" was remade for the country music market by Hank Locklin, who charted at #57. Narvel Felts would make the song a major C&W hit in 1979, reaching #14 on the Billboard C&W chart; a concurrent remake by Louise Mandrell peaked at #69 C&W.

Just prior to the release of Jamie Cullum's 2004 version, 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."[1]

Robert Knight versionEdit


"Everlasting Love"
Single by Robert Knight
from the album Everlasting Love
B-side"Somebody's Baby"
ReleasedJuly 1967
Format7" single
LabelRising Sons (US)
Monument (international)
(UK) MON 1008
Songwriter(s)Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden
Producer(s)Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden
Robert Knight singles chronology
"Everlasting Love"
"Blessed Are the Lonely"

The original version of "Everlasting Love" was recorded at Fred Foster Sound Studio in Nashville. According to Cason, the track "had some different sounds on it that, for the time period, were kind of innovative. The string sound is actually a farfisa organ that Mac came up with, and we used a lot of echo." [2] Robert Knight recalls: "Buzz was into country [music] but Mac was R& we made it more of an R&B song like the rhythm and melody Mac had. I practiced and practiced on with Mac, as he had written the song for my voice and made it mine. Mac used his bandmates: [drummer] Kenny Buttrey, [bassist] Norbert Putnam, Charlie McCoy and himself on guitar." [3] The background vocals on the song were performed by Buzz Cason and Carol Montgomery. Robert Knight recalls that he heard "Everlasting Love" for the first time at the actual recording session: "I didn’t sing it the [as] written[:] I made some changes to fit my voice, and I didn’t do it note for note. They had the melody going too fast, and it was jamming, it wasn’t doing right, it wasn’t sounding right. So I started what you call a steady step. I start singing a beat and a half: 'hearts-go-a-stray' – like that. It wasn’t like that in the beginning, and I think that's what got 'Everlasting Love' off the ground." [4]

Mac Gayden (composer) on Everlasting Love
The story of "Everlasting Love" began when I was playing with a band at the Phi Delta fraternity house at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. During a break in our set, we came outside and heard this fantastic voice singing down the street. So we ran down to the Kappa Sigma house to see who it was, and the singer, who was Robert Knight of course, was just going on his break. I told him 'I need to take you into the studio' and of course he just looked at me like 'What the hell? Get out of my face!' But it turned out there was a connection between my family and his, so eventually I did take him into a studio. And I introduced him to Buzz Cason, and Buzz and I wrote 'Everlasting Love' especially for Robert's voice. It's something very special when you custom-write a song for an artist, it's a phenomenal thing. I think that's one reason the song's proved so popular over the years.

But the story actually starts a long time before that, when I was just five years old. I used to play on my grandmother's piano and I came up with this simple little melody, almost like a lullaby, and that's the melody that the horns and the Farfisa organ play on 'Everlasting Love'. I'd always known I'd use that melody somewhere along the line! To this day I make a point of recording all my musical ideas. I have hundreds and hundreds of tapes all over the house, I keep everything – it's like having a giant catalogue of melodies to draw on.

I think the other reason the song has been so successful, is that it was definitely written to be catchy and singable – when we came to write the chorus, I had in mind for it be almost like a chant. It was one of the first songs to have one of those repetitious R&B-style chants.[5]

Although Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden had written "Everlasting Love" to serve as the B-side for their composition "The Weeper" which Robert Knight would record the next day, the hit potential of "Everlasting Love" was evident at the end of that recording session, and it was the last-named song which was issued as Knight's single in July 1967. "The Weeper" would in fact never be released, the track "Somebody's Baby" serving as the B-side for "Everlasting Love".

Debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 dated September 30, 1967, "Everlasting Love" had already reached #1 in Philadelphia and Detroit by the time of its Top 40 debut on October 21, 1967. Cason - "['Everlasting Love'] drove...the promotion guys nuts since it hit in one market then several weeks later pop up somewhere else."[6] The track spent its second week at its Hot 100 peak of #13 on the chart dated December 2, 1967 then dropped off the Hot 100 over the next three weeks. The R&B chart peak of "Everlasting Love" was #14.

In its original release, Knight's "Everlasting Love" lost out in the UK to a cover by Love Affair, although Knight's version did spend two weeks at #40 UK in January 1968. In the spring of 1974, Knight's "Everlasting Love" had a second UK release to follow up the Top Ten success of the reissue of Knight's "Love on a Mountain Top"; this time the first-named track reached #19.

An airplay staple on American oldies radio stations (though less so than the 1974 Carl Carlton version), Knight's "Everlasting Love" has become a "cult favorite" of the beach music scene. In a 2011 interview, Buzz Cason stated that the Robert Knight original of "Everlasting Love" remained Cason's favourite version of the song: "I just think Robert's was the one [version] that had the magic in it."[2]


Chart (1967) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 13
Chart (1968) Peak
UK Singles Chart 40
Chart (1974) Peak
UK Singles Chart 19

The Love Affair versionEdit


"Everlasting Love"
Single by The Love Affair
from the album The Everlasting Love Affair
B-side"Gone Are the Songs of Yesterday" (Goodhand-Tait)
Format7" single
Songwriter(s)Buzz Cason,[7] Mac Gayden[7]
Producer(s)Mike Smith,[7] Keith Mansfield
The Love Affair singles chronology
"She Smiled Sweetly"
"Everlasting Love"
"Rainbow Valley"

According to the Love Affair lead vocalist Steve Ellis: "We had two managers David Wedgebury and John Cokell who both worked at Decca [and] had access to all the imports on the Monument label. We rehearsed in a factory in Walthamstow and one night they turned up with 'Everlasting Love' by Robert Knight...I loved it and so we set about putting it down on tape."[8] Muff Winwood produced the original Love Affair version of "Everlasting Love" which was recorded at Island Studios and featured the group's actual members: Island Records passed on releasing the track but CBS in-house producer Mike Smith - after failing to interest his regular clients Marmalade in recording the song (which Marmalade deemed "too poppy") - cut a new Love Affair version of "Everlasting Love".

The second Love Affair recording of "Everlasting Love" in fact featured only one member of the group: lead vocalist Steve Ellis who fronted a session ensemble comprising arranger/ conductor Keith Mansfield's 40-piece orchestra plus a rhythm section, the session musicians including Peter Ahern (triangle percussion), Clem Cattini (drums), Alan Parker (guitar), Russ Stableford (bass), and a chorale comprising Madeline Bell, Kiki Dee, Lesley Duncan, and Kay Garner: the track was recorded in two takes.[9] Mike Smith would eventually attribute the non-utilization of the actual musicians in Love Affair to the need for expediency (quote - "there just wasn’t time for the group to learn the arrangement in time, so we used session musicians"),[10] a UK release for the Robert Knight original version being imminent.[7]

Debuting on the UK Top 50 dated January 2, 1968, "Everlasting Love" by the Love Affair rose to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for a two-week stay that February.[11] The track also charted internationally - see the chart below.

When the Love Affair appeared on the ITV programme Good Evening I'm Jonathan King host Jonathan King asked group bassist Mick Jackson if the band had actually played on their hit recording of "Everlasting Love" and Jackson admitted the track had featured Ellis backed by session musicians. Steve Ellis has stated that Jonathan King was aware of the background of the Love Affair hit and ambushed Mick Jackson to invoke controversy, although Jackson would state: "We announced it ourselves because there were rumours about it in the business and we heard a Sunday newspaper was going to blow the story". Jackson also stated: "At first we didn’t worry that much when the story about us not playing came out...Then the thing escalated and people all over the place started slagging us. We got to regard it as a terrible nuisance, every time we opened a paper there was someone having a go at the Love Affair."[10] The bad press had little if any negative impact on the band's popularity:[7] Their follow-up to "Everlasting Love": "Rainbow Valley" - another Cason/Gayden composition introduced by Robert Knight - reached #5 UK and the additional success of "A Day Without Love" (#6) made Love Affair the UK's top group in singles sales for the year 1968 apart from the Beatles.[12] (The Love Affair singles continued to feature Ellis fronting a session ensemble with no other group members participating.)

All of these singles were released by CBS in the label's native United States on its Date Records subsidiary. However, despite their popularity in Europe, none of the Love Affair's singles charted in the US.[13]


Carl Carlton versionEdit


"Everlasting Love"
Single by Carl Carlton
from the album Everlasting Love
B-side"I Wanna Be Your Main Squeeze"
ReleasedJuly 1974
Format7" Single
RecordedOctober 1973 at Creative Workshop, Berry Hill, Tennessee
LabelBack Beat
BB 27001
Songwriter(s)Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden
Producer(s)Papa Don Schroeder, Tommy Cogbill
Carl Carlton singles chronology
"You Can't Stop a Man in Love"
"Everlasting Love"
"Smokin' Room"

The most successful US release of "Everlasting Love" was by Carl Carlton, which reached the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.

The track features a distinctive countermelody running through most of the song consisting of background vocal harmonies. Brenda Russell is among the background vocalists.

Carlton had recorded "Everlasting Love" in October 1973 at the Berry Hill (Tenn) studio Creative Workshop, which was owned by Buzz Cason; however, Cason was not involved in the recording by Carlton, the singer himself choosing to record "Everlasting Love", which he knew via the version on David Ruffin's 1969 My Whole World Ended album. Produced by Papa Don Schroeder and Tommy Cogbill, Carlton's original recording of "Everlasting Love" was issued as the B-side of the 1973 single "I Wanna Be Your Main Squeeze"; the track (i.e. "Everlasting Love") was then issued in July 1974 as an A-side after having been given a disco style remix, and became a discothèque favorite before breaking on the Hot 100 in September 1974 to proceed to a #6 peak that November, almost reaching the R&B Top Ten at #11.[14]

Carlton's version remains an airplay favorite on American oldies radio stations. According to Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), the 1974 Carl Carlton version has been played more than 4 million times.

One of the earliest Pop hits to crossover from disco airplay, Carlton's "Everlasting Love" is a staple of disco compilations, including the second installment of the Pure Disco CD compilation series.


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1974–75) Peak
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[15] 11
Canada RPM Top Singles[16] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 6
US Billboard R&B[18] 11
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[19] 15

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1974) Rank
Canada RPM Top Singles[20] 93

Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet versionEdit


"Everlasting Love"
Single by Rex Smith/ Rachel Sweet
from the album Everlasting Love Rex Smith
and ...And Then He Kissed Me Rachel Sweet
ReleasedJune 1981 US July 1981 UK August 1981 Australia
Format7" single
Recorded1981 Record Plant (NYC)
Length3:44 (single edit 3:29)
Songwriter(s)Buzz Cason
Mac Gayden
Producer(s)Rick Chertoff
Rex Smith singles chronology
"Everlasting Love"
"Remember the Love Songs"
Rachel Sweet singles chronology
""Everlasting Love""
"(medley) "Then He Kissed Me"/ "Be My Baby""
The Austin American-Statesman on "Everlasting Love" by Rex Smith & Rachel Sweet
"One of the best [recent hits]...superbly produced with a crystalline intensity [evoking] Phil Spector [classics]. A fine arrangement & the vocal [input] of the incomparable Rachel Sweet make [this] a pure delight."[21]

"Everlasting Love" reached the Top 40 for the third time in the summer of 1981 via a duet version cut by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet; this version features revised lyrics including an additional verse of uncredited authorship which was approved by the song's composers [22] and which would be retained by Sandra for her 1987 remake.

Recorded at the Record Plant (NYC) and featured on both Sweet's ...And Then He Kissed Me album and the album Everlasting Love by Smith, "Everlasting Love" as a single featured a two-track B-side featuring Sweet's "Billy and the Gun" and Smith's "Still Thinking of You" respectively taken from each singer's album cited above.

Both Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet were on the roster of Columbia Records with the album ...And Then He Kissed Me marking Sweet's label debut subsequent to two album releases on the new wave oriented Stiff label: according to Sweet, upon submitting the tracks intended to comprise her first album for Columbia - all original songs produced by Pete Solley - she'd been told: "we'd like you to cut some more songs. And we'd like it if they weren't yours." (Sweet would typify the "outside material" which would eventually appear on ...And Then He Kissed Me as "lighter and more overtly commercial than her own songs".)

Smith meanwhile had recorded a solo remake of "Everlasting Love" intended for his album produced by Rick Chertoff - then best known for his work with Air Supply - and after Rachel Sweet's manager (and father) Dick Sweet learned of Smith's recording of the song, arrangements were made for "Everlasting Love" to be recorded as a Rex Smith/ Rachel Sweet duet: Chertoff remained as producer of this duet version which was the first "outside" track recorded for ...And Then He Kissed Me, and on the basis of his work on the Smith/ Sweet version of "Everlasting Love" Chertoff was invited by Dick Sweet to record four additional tracks with Sweet which, with "Everlasting Love" and four of the tracks from the Pete Solley sessions, would eventually comprise the ...And Then He Kissed Me album.[23]

With neither Smith nor Sweet being a strong Top 40 force - Smith's solitary Billboard Hot 100 single had been "You Take My Breath Away" #10 in 1979 while Sweet had yet to rank on the Hot 100 - their collaboration on "Everlasting Love" would only generate qualified chart impact: the single peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1981, affording Sweet her only Top 40 showing and Smith his second and last. The track also appeared on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary chart peaking at #31.

This Rex Smith/Rachel Sweet version of "Everlasting Love" was also a mid-chart item in the UK at #35; in Australia the track reached #41 mainly due to its being a local Top Ten hit in Adelaide at #9. In 1982 the Smith/Sweet version of "Everlasting Love" became a Top Ten hit in Switzerland (#9) and Denmark (#4) also reaching #11 in South Africa.[24]

A promotional video was shot for "Everlasting Love" with Smith and Sweet playing a couple getting married. The singers performed "Everlasting Love" live on the Solid Gold episode aired February 19, 1983: Smith was currently co-hosting the show on which Sweet guested to promote her current single "Voodoo".[25]

Chart historyEdit

Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 41
Denmark 4
South Africa (Springbok)[26] 11
Switzerland 9
UK 35
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 32
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 31
US Cash Box Top 100 34

Sandra versionEdit


"Everlasting Love"
Single by Sandra
from the album Ten on One (The Singles)
ReleasedSeptember 1987
Format7" single, 12-inch single, CD single
7-99315 (USA)
109 311 (Germany)

TEN 149 (UK, original)
SRN 85 (UK, reissue)
Songwriter(s)Mac Gayden, Buzz Cason
Producer(s)Michael Cretu (1987 Version), Pete Hammond (1988 Version)
Sandra singles chronology
"Midnight Man"
"Everlasting Love"
"Stop for a Minute"
Sandra singles chronology
"Stop for a Minute"
"Everlasting Love (PWL Remix)"
"Heaven Can Wait"
Sandra singles chronology
"Secrets of Love"
"Everlasting Love 2006"
"Around My Heart 2006"
Music video
"Everlasting Love" (TopPop, 1987) on YouTube

In late 1987 and early 1988, "Everlasting Love" was a hit in several European territories as rendered by German singer Sandra: according to Buzz Cason total sales for the Sandra version of "Everlasting Love" were in the area of three million units.[2]

Born in 1962, Sandra was familiar with the song via the 1968 Love Affair version; she'd say of the song: "I have always loved it...Even as a little child I heard that song and I said that I would like to sing it sometime." However, for her remake of the song Sandra would record the lyrics of the 1981 Rex Smith/Rachel Sweet duet version.

"Everlasting Love", the tenth solo single released by Sandra, was featured on her October 5, 1987 album release Ten on One (The Singles). The track was a Top Ten hit in Austria (#6), Belgium (Dutch chart #9), Germany (#5), the Netherlands (#8), Switzerland (#5), and South Africa (#4), also charting in France (#12), Italy (#11), and Sweden (#13).

The video shot for Sandra's version featured the singer and Austrian model Rupert Weber playing lovers at different points in history, beginning with Adam and Eve.

Sandra's "Everlasting Love" also reached the UK chart at #88; the track was subsequently acquired by Pete Waterman, who had "Everlasting Love (the PWL mix)" - remixed by Pete Hammond - released in the UK in the summer of 1988 to barely improve on the original's UK chart performance with a #79 peak. However, "Everlasting Love (the PWL mix)" re-entered the UK chart in December 1988 to rise as high as #45 in January 1989, while in its Australian release, it reached the Adelaide hit parade at #21 and had a national chart showing of #72. In the US, "Everlasting Love (the PWL mix)" rose as high as #22 on the Billboard maxi single sales chart.

The PWL mix of "Everlasting Love" was showcased on an Everlasting Love album, which was released in December 1988 only in the UK and the US. Besides "Everlasting Love (the PWL mix)", the album comprised the original versions of several of Sandra's European hits.

In 2006, a ballad version was also done by Sandra, this one being from her album Reflections.

Formats and track listingsEdit

1987 release
Format Tracks
7" single "Everlasting Love" - 3:57
"Change Your Mind" - 4:04
12" single "Everlasting Love" (extended mix) - 7:28
"Change Your Mind" - 4:04
"Everlasting Love" - 3:57
1988 release
Format Tracks
7" single "Everlasting Love" (PWL 7" mix) - 3:52
"Stop for a Minute" - 3:51
Format Tracks Format Tracks
12" single
"Everlasting Love" (PWL 12" mix) - 7:40
"Everlasting Love" (PWL 7" mix) - 3:57
"Everlasting Love" (PWL dub) - 6:57
"Stop for a Minute" - 3:51
12" single
"Everlasting Love" (PWL 12" mix) - 7:40
"Everlasting Love" (PWL dub mix) - 6:57
"Stop for a Minute" - 3:51
CD single
"Everlasting Love" (PWL 7" mix) - 3:52
"Stop for a Minute" - 3:48
"Everlasting Love" (PWL 12" mix) - 7:41
"(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" - 3:57
12" single
"Everlasting Love" (PWL 12" mix) - 7:40
"Everlasting Love" (PWL 7" mix) - 3:52
"Everlasting Love" (PWL dub mix) - 6:57
# "Stop for a Minute" - 3:51



Country Certification Date Sales certified
France[35] Silver 1988 200,000

Worlds Apart versionEdit

UK boy band Worlds Apart included a cover of "Everlasting Love" on their 1994 debut album Together. All of the album's tracks featured Aaron Paul on lead and were recorded at Select Recording Studios in Wood Green with producers Pete Schwier and Ricki Wilde. The track had a single release in September 1993, reaching no. 20 UK and no. 23 in Ireland, and was issued in September 1994 in Germany to peak at no. 40. A new version of "Everlasting Love" with lead vocals by Nathan Moore was included on the French edition of the second Worlds Apart album Everybody; produced by Andy Reynolds and Tee Green, this track spent nine weeks in the top ten in France—four of them at its number 4 peak—in December 1996 and January 1997 and also became a hit in Belgium on both the French and Dutch charts, respective peaks being no. 29 and no. 33.[36][37]

Gloria Estefan versionEdit


"Everlasting Love"
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
B-side"Turn the Beat Around"
ReleasedJanuary 3, 1995 (1995-01-03)
  • 4:01 (Album/Single Version)
  • 3:40 (7" Remix)
LabelEpic Records
34 77756
  • Mac Gayden
  • Buzz Cason
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
"Everlasting Love"
"It's Too Late"
Music video
"Everlasting Love" on YouTube

"Everlasting Love" was recorded by Gloria Estefan for her 1994 album release Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me which comprised remakes of well-known hits, with "Everlasting Love" being the second album track issued as a US single following "Turn the Beat Around" (in some territories including the UK Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me was the album's second single precedent to "Everlasting Love").

While "Everlasting Love" was not one of Estefan's highest ranking Billboard Hot 100 entrants, it still managed to peak at #27 in March 1995. However, the single topped the US Hot Dance Club Play. The single was more successful in the UK with a #19 peak in February 1995 buoyed by a performance by Estefan on February 19, 1995 broadcast of TOTP.

Critical receptionEdit

Network 40 wrote about the song: "It's hard to believe that it's been two decades since Carl Carlton bounced onto the Top 40 scene with this Top-10 tune. Now Estefan sprinkles her "Miami" spice on the classic, updating the Dance number with a '90s sound."[38]

Music videoEdit

Estefan, pregnant with her second child at the time,[39] could not appear in the video. The production team, which included co-directors Tony Minnelli and Paul Lynde, along with Estefan, decided to give the video a twist. They selected some of the best drag talent from West Hollywood, California to star in the video. Five appeared as Gloria Estefan, each representing a different stage in Estefan's career. Some notable video cast members include female impersonator Julian Viva, Hollywood Super Club Kids, The Fabulous Wonder Twins, and drag performers Venus D-Lite and Sutan Amrull aka Raja. The latter two recently appeared as cast members of Logo's series RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 3), in which Sutan Amrull was crowned the winner. "Everlasting Love" was shot at The Sunset Studios in Hollywood, California.

The video was so well received worldwide, Estefan decided to add video cast members, Julian Viva and Willie E., to her Evolution World Tour.[40]

Gloria Estefan went on to receive The Award for "Best Video Clip of the Year" at the Billboard Music Awards.

Formats and track-listingsEdit

All tracks entitled Everlasting Love except for *1
Format Track Format Track
12" single
Epic E2S 6722
Classic Paradise Mix – 8:51 UK
12" single
Epic XPR 2133
Classic Paradise Mix – 8:05
Deep Love Mix – 8:09 Classic Paradise Dub – 11:45
Hacienda Mix – 8:13 Deep Love Mix – 8:09
Aphrodisiac Mix – 7:14 Deep Love Dub – 7:08
Classic Paradise Dub – 11:45 Hacienda Mix – 8:12
Deep Love Dub – 7:08 Hacienda Dub – 8:15
Moran's Marathon Love Mix – 9:49 Aphrodisiac Mix – 7:14
Hacienda Dub – 8:15 Moran's Marathon Love Mix – 9:49
CD Maxi single
Epic 49K 77775
Album Version – 4:01 UK
CD Maxi single
Epic 661159 5
Classic Paradise Mix – 8:51
7" Remix – 3:40 Deep Love Mix – 8:09
Classic Paradise Radio Mix – 4:00 Hacienda Mix – 8:13
Alternate Mix – 3:44 Aphrodisiac Mix – 7:14
Classic Paradise Mix – 8:51
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"*1 – 6:06

Release historyEdit

Other versionsEdit

Year Artist Details Year Artist Details
1967 Carlo Lind single "Viel zu viel Gefühl" Polydor 52882 1989 U2 single Island Records IS422
#2*3 (Australia), #22 (Belgium), #10 (Netherlands), #3 (Poland)
Nicoletta single "L'amour me pardonne" Riviera r518
#60 (France)
Juha-Matti Mäkelä "Tosi Rakkaus"
album Hymy
1968 Joe Dassin single "Plus je te vois, plus je te veux"
CBS 3336
1993 David Essex album Cover Shot Polygram 514 563-2/
single Polygram TV 862191-2
Hank Locklin single RCA Victor 47 9582 US C&W #57 1994 Dominique Dalcan "Plus je te vois, plus je te veux"
album L'équipe à JoJo - Les chansons de Joe Dassin par... Columbia 50 9974 74889 2*4
Ricchi e Poveri single "L'ultimo amore"CBS 3417 Wendy Van Wanten nl "Hij is zo lief"
album Blijf nog één nacht J.R.P. 2101763
Rosalía es single "Un eterno amor" Zafiro OOX-197 Heartclub featuring Ian Lex maxisingle 21st Century Records CNT 21-68
Town Criers single Astor A-7095 #13*1 (Australia) 1998 Gaby Albrecht "Herzen lügen nicht"
album Herzen lügen nicht
EAN 0743214016923
1969 The Drifters album cut 1997 Dump album Plea For Tenderness brcd070
David Ruffin album My Whole World Ended
Motown MS 685
1996 Seventh Avenue album Midnight in Manhattan
Hot Productions HTCD 66117-2
bonus track added to reissue of 1979 album
1972 Gary Bonner single MGM/Verve 72L3723 1998 Cast From Casualty single BBC Records WESP003CD #5*5 (UK)
1974 Doug Parkinson single Atlantic 1011 74 Fernando Express "Herzen lügen nicht"
album Die Könige Der Tanzpaläste
EAN 0724382261827
1976 Mac Gayden album Skyboat ABC 927 2003 Knudsen Brothers album Livewired
1977 Patricia Paay single EMI Bovema 5C 006-25863 #16 (Belgium)
album The Lady is a Champ
EMI Bovema 5C 064-25737
2004 Jamie Cullum single Universal Movie Classics & Jazz 9868834
#13 (Denmark), #19 (Netherlands), #20 (UK)
album Twentysomething UCJ Music 9868729 *6
Steve Ellis album The Last Angry Man Ariola 5004 Mysterio "Everlasting Love 2005"
single DA 874208-0#87 (Germany)
album Ride on Time DA 874210-2
1979 Narvel Felts single ABC 12441 US C&W #14
recorded August 16, 1978 Columbia Recording Studio Nashville
produced by Jimmy Bowen
album One Run For the Roses ABC LP 1115
2005 Michael Ball album Music Universal 987424 1
Louise Mandrell single Epic 8 50628 US C&W #69*2 Scooter album Who's Got the Last Laugh Now
Sheffield Tunes 0167362STU
Soirée album Soirée Road Show BXL1-3401 Kerry Norton single #97 (Netherlands)
album Young Heart NRCD 427992
1981 Shampoo single "Everlasting" (medley) Polydor 2040 319 2010 The Soldiers album Letters Home Rhino 2564678108
Wild Horses single EMI #5199 Howard Carpendale "Viel zu viel Gefühl"
1984 Vicki Sue Robinson single Profile PRO 5039 #83 (Australia) 2011 Willy Sommers nl single "Liefde voor altijd"
Universal Music Belgium 2783845 #18 (Belgium)
1986 Rosetta Hightower & Henry Turtle single SEA 4 (Riviera Records UK) The Fantastic Four sv album Fantastic Four Universal Music Sweden
1987 Wolfgang Ziegler de "Viel zu viel Gefühl" single
B-side of "Du fehlst mir sehr" WEA 248 469-7
*1Australian band Town Criers covered "Everlasting Love" in 1968 reaching #13 on the national charts. This local version surpassed the worldwide hit by Love Affair which only reached #36.
*2The Louise Mandrell version of "Everlasting Love" was also released as 12" single Epic 28-50682 in 1979. The 7" single version made its album debut on the 1981 release Louise Mandrell Epic FE 37424
*3In Australia U2's "Everlasting Love" was a double A-side hit with "All I Want Is You".
*4L'équipe à JoJo - Les chansons de Joe Dassin par... is a multi-artist tribute album to Joe Dassin.
*5Actress Rebecca Wheatley who played hospital receptionist Amy Howard on Casualty sang lead on this version of "Everlasting Love" which was Children in Need single for 1998.
*6The Jamie Cullum version of "Everlasting Love" first appeared on the soundtrack album for the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.


  • In a December 1994 storyline on The Bold and the Beautiful the characters Macy Alexander and Thorne Forrester gave a concert in the Netherlands which included a performance of "Everlasting Love": the performances featured on the TV show were culled from two concerts at the Rotterdam Ahoy headlined by Bobbie Eakes (Macy) and Jeff Trachta (Thorne) that October.[48]
  • The rendition of "Everlasting Love" by the Cast from Casualty fronted by Rebecca Wheatley — a number 5 UK hit in 1998 — was first performed on episode #26 of series 12 of Casualty broadcast on 28 February 1998. It was then released as a CD and cassette single. Both included the radio, TV, and karaoke versions of "Everlasting Love", along with the original full Casualty theme. The song was then performed by the cast on Top of the Pops on 13 March 1998.[citation needed]
  • On the bonus track, "Out On the Town", from indie pop band Fun's 2012 album, Some Nights, singer Nate Ruess can be heard to quote the melody and phrasing from "Everlasting Love". Ruess even echoes the line, "Open up your heart", repeatedly prior to the final chorus of the song.


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