EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Everlasting Love’ – Love Affair

What was the number one song in the UK on 31st January 1968?

British band, Love Affair got to number one for 2 weeks with Everlasting Love.

Everlasting Love was originally recorded by American singer Robert Knight in 1967 and covered by Love Affair later that year. It is undoubtedly one of my favourite songs from the 60s. The stand out performance of vocalist Steve Ellis, the distinctive intro, the emotive melody and lyrics, its legendary place in the 60s charts is more than justified. Interestingly, Ellis is the only band member of Love Affair to feature on the recording. Apparently, they wanted to release it quickly and there wasn’t enough time for the band to learn the song, so they used session musicians instead. This fact does not take away the greatness of the song though.

Lyrics

Hearts go astray, leaving hurt when they go
I went away just when you needed me so
Filled with regret I come back beggin’ you
Forgive, forget. Where’s the love we once knew?
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realise here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love
From the very start, open up your heart
Be a lasting part of everlasting love
Real love will last forever
Ooh, ooh
Where life’s river flows, no one really knows
’til someone’s there to show the way to lasting love
Like the sun that shines, endlessly it shine
You always will be mine. It’s everlasting love
When other loves are gone, ours will still be strong
We have our very own everlasting love
Real love will last forever
You give me, you give me, you give me everlasting love
Ooh
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realise here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love
From the very start, open up your heart
Be a lasting part of everlasting love
Real love will last forever
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realise here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realise here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realise here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love

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