Never Gonna Fall in Love Again

"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" is a song co-written and recorded by American pop rock artist Eric Carmen. It was released as the second single from Carmen's self-titled debut solo album, the song peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1976, remaining in the Top 40 for ten weeks.[1] The song reached number one on the Billboard Easy Listening chart. In Canada, it was a number-one hit on both charts.[2][3]

"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" by Eric Carmen.jpg
Single by Eric Carmen
from the album Eric Carmen
B-side"No Hard Feelings"
ReleasedApril 1976
Recorded1975
GenreSoft rock
Length3:45(Album Version)
2:48 (Single Version)
LabelArista 0184
Songwriter(s)Eric Carmen, Sergei Rachmaninoff
Producer(s)Jimmy Ienner
Eric Carmen singles chronology
"All by Myself"
(1975)
"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
(1976)
"Sunrise"
(1976)
Alternative cover art
45 RPM single sleeve
45 RPM single sleeve

The melody of "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" is based on the third movement (Adagio) from Symphony No. 2 by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

On his second solo LP, Boats Against the Current, Carmen had a subsequent Top 40 hit entitled "She Did It", a happy answer to the loneliness and lovelessness described in this song and its equally melancholy predecessor, "All By Myself".

Television performanceEdit

Carmen performed "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" and his prior hit, "All By Myself" on The Midnight Special television program on July 23, 1976 (season 4, episode 37). The show was hosted by The Spinners.[4]

ChartsEdit

Mark Holden versionEdit

"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
 
Single by Mark Holden
from the album Let Me Love You
B-side"There'll Come a Day"
ReleasedApril 1976
GenreSoft rock
Length3:15
LabelEMI Music
Songwriter(s)Eric Carmen
Producer(s)Colin Petersen
Mark Holden singles chronology
"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
(1976)
"I Wanna Make You My Lady"
(1976)

Australian singer songwriter Mark Holden recorded and released a version April 1976 as his debut single. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number 13 on the Kent Music Report.[14][15]

Background and releaseEdit

Mark Holden released his debut studio album Dawn in Darkness in 1975. Consisting entirely of original songs, the album was a commercial failure, selling approximately 2,000 copies[16] In April 1976 Holden received a call from Colin Petersen, EMI Music Australia's A&R, who suggested he cover "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again". In his 2017 autobiography, Holden said recording it "was a chance for me to have a hit". Holden promoted the song by performing the track on Countdown, where he performed the track while handing out red carnations to the audience. It became an infamous performance which led to Holden's nickname of "The Carnation Kid"[17]

Track listingEdit

7"/ Cassette (EMI-11090)

Side A

  1. "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" – 3:15

Side B

  1. "There'll Come a Day" – 2:18

Chart historyEdit

Dana versionEdit

"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
 
Single by Dana
from the album Let Me Love You
B-side"Have Love Will Travel"
Released1976
GenreSoft rock
LabelGTO
Songwriter(s)Eric Carmen
Producer(s)Geoff Stephens
Dana singles chronology
"Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
(1976)
"Fairy Tale"
(1976)

Unlike "All by Myself," Carmen's version of "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" was not released in Australia and therefore did not chart. However, Dana reached #31 in the UK in 1976 with the song.[19] Her British release charted concurrently with Carmen's and Holden's versions.

Other versionsEdit

  • Frank Sinatra performed the song many times in concert in the late 1970s, most notably during the 1976 MDA Telethon. Fond of Eric Carmen's songs, he had arrangements made of both this song and "All By Myself." He never recorded either song.
  • Tony Burrows covered the song in 1976 with the studio group Magic.
  • Spanish singer Miguel Bosé also covered it (in English) in his debut LP Linda in 1977.
  • John Travolta covered the song in 1978.
  • Tommy Page covered the song on his 1991 album From the Heart.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ RPM - Library and Archives Canada, July 24, 1976
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  4. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/the-midnight-special/season-4/
  5. ^ RPM - Library and Archives Canada, July 24, 1976
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  7. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1976-07-05. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1976-06-19. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  10. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles, June 26, 1976". Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-01-23. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  12. ^ Billboard. 1977-12-24. p. Front cover. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  14. ^ "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again - MARK HOLDEN (1976) - Pop Archives - Sources of Australian Pop Records from the 50s, 60s and 70s". Pop Archives. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  15. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  16. ^ "Talking Heads Mark Holden (transcript)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  17. ^ Holden, Mark (May 2017). My Idol Years. Melbourne, Australia: Transit Lounge. pp. 38–39. ISBN 978-0-9953594-7-5.
  18. ^ "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again - MARK HOLDEN (1976) - Pop Archives - Sources of Australian Pop Records from the 50s, 60s and 70s". Pop Archives. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  19. ^ UK Official Charts, 3 June 1976

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