It's All Over (The Everly Brothers song)

"It's All Over" is a song by the Everly Brothers, released as a single in December 1965 from their album In Our Image.

"It's All Over"
The Everly Brothers It's All Over.jpg
Cover of the single released in the Netherlands
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album In Our Image
B-side"I Used to Love You"
ReleasedDecember 1965 (1965-12)
RecordedNovember 12, 1965
StudioRCA Victor, Hollywood
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Don Everly
Producer(s)Dick Glasser
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Love Is Strange"
"It's All Over"
"The Dollhouse Is Empty"

Release and receptionEdit

"It's All Over" is one of the few Everly Brothers songs to feature Phil Everly on lead vocals, with Don Everly doing the harmony.[1] The song also prominently features a harpsichord played by Don Randi. The single was only released in the US and the Netherlands, with the B-side "I Used to Love You", written by Sonny Curtis. It was scheduled for release in the UK in January 1966, but was never released.[2]

Reviewed in Cash Box, "It's All Over" was described as a "soft dreamyeyed heartbreaker. Husky sad tale of a lost love has tons of tear-jerking ten-appeal".[3] In Record World, it was described as a "slow ballad paced by a harpsichord. Unusual sound will get attention for the change of pace".[4]

However, the song failed to chart in the US or the Netherlands.

Cliff Richard versionEdit

"It's All Over"
Cover of the single released in the Netherlands
Single by Cliff Richard and Bernard Ebbinghouse and His Orchestra
B-side"Why Wasn't I Born Rich"
Released10 March 1967 (1967-03-10)
Recorded11 October 1966[5]
StudioEMI Studios, London
Songwriter(s)Don Everly
Producer(s)Norrie Paramor
Cliff Richard and Bernard Ebbinghouse and His Orchestra singles chronology
"In the Country"
"It's All Over"
"I'll Come Runnin'"

In March 1967, Cliff Richard released a cover of the song as a single, which peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.[6]

Release and receptionEdit

"It's All Over" was first recorded by Richard in September 1966. However, this version remains unreleased and instead, a re-recording of the song a month later was the version released as a single. Richard's version was arranged by Bernard Ebbinghouse, whose orchestra performs all instrumentation on the track.[5] The B-side, "Why Wasn't I Born Rich", is backed by the Shadows, who wrote the song for the pantomime cast album Cinderella.[7]

Peter Jones for Record Mirror was "just a little disappointed" with "It's All Over", describing it as "very slow, low-pitched, throaty, and sentimental, but somehow Cliff doesn't really get going. However. it's a superbly professional performance".[8] Reviewing for Disc and Music Echo, Penny Valentine described the song as "very drifting stuff saved for me by the intensely well written words by Don Everly".[9]

Track listingEdit

  1. "It's All Over" – 2:28
  2. "Why Wasn't I Born Rich" – 2:41


Chart (1967) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 65
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 11
Malaysia (Radio Malaysia)[12] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 24
New Zealand (Listener)[14] 15
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 9

Other versionsEdit


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  3. ^ "Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. 18 December 1965. p. 18. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Singles Reviews" (PDF). Record World. 18 December 1965. p. 8. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
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  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – It's All Over". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 20 May 1967. p. 57. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
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