COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Everlasting Love’

The song, “Everlasting Love”, was originally recorded by Robert Knight in 1967

Perennial favourite “Everlasting Love” was a song written by James “Buzz” Cason (b.1939) and McGavock Dickinson Gayden and recorded by US singer Robert Knight (1940-2017). It was released as his debut single in July 1967 and reached No.13 on the US singles chart and No.40 in the UK.

There have been many versions, too many to name individually, but the three best know and best performing are as follows:

British group Love Affair released their version at the end of 1967. It was their second single and would top the UK singles chart as well as charting across Europe.

American singer Carl Carlton (b.1953) realeased a version in 1974, which made No.6 Stateside while US singers Rex Smith (b.1955) and Rachel Sweet (b.1962) took their version to No.32 in America and No.35 in the UK.

The next big version came from German singer Sandra in 1987, who was already a big recording artist across Europe. Her version went top ten in over a dozen countries, selling over three million copies in total.

Gloria Estefan recorded the song in 1994 for her covers album, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”. It was released as the third single in early 1995 and went to No.19 in the UK and No.27 in the US.

But whose version is the best? ROBERT KNIGHT’s original, LOVE AFFAIR’s cover, SANDRA’s Euro-pop version or GLORIA ESTEFAN’s 90’s version?

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