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"Everlasting Love" is a song written by Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden which since being a 1967 hit for Robert Knight has been recorded by many artists most successfully by Carl Carlton whose version was a Top Ten hit in 1974. The song was also a #1 UK hit in 1968 for Love Affair.
 

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. Buzz Cason would recall how he and Mac Gayden wrote "Everlasting Love" to serve as B-side for a song entitled "The Weeper" which they were recording with Robert Knight. The night before the recording session for "The Weeper" Gayden stopped by Cason's home "and as usual brought several melodies, riffs and grooves to work on" two of whose hit potential particularly struck Cason who had Gayden combine these ideas into one melody. The writing session was abbreviated as Gayden had to go home for supper; Cason assured his partner:"'I'll put some kind of lyric to it'...Neither of us was too concerned as just knew that 'The Weeper' would be the hit of the session." Cason believes he may have drawn the phrase "everlasting love" from the Biblical verse Jeremiah 31.3 which begins: "Yea, I have loved you with an everlasting love". [1]

Ultimately "Everlasting Love" was released as an A-side for Robert Knight reaching #13 in 1967. Subsequently the song has reached the US Top 40 three times: most successfully via Carl Carlton's Top Ten version - #6 in 1974 - with more moderate success afforded later remakes by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet (#32/ 1981) and Gloria Estefan (#27/ 1995), making "Everlasting Love" one of two songs to become a Top 40 hit in the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s (the other being "The Way You Do the Things You Do").

In the UK versions of "Everlasting Love" have appeared in the Top 40 in every decade between the years 1960 and 2010 always - with the exception of the 1980s - reaching the Top 20. In 1968 Love Affair took the song to #1 while the Robert Knight original after peaking at #40 UK in 1968 was re-issued in 1974 to reach #19. Subsequent to the 1981 UK charting of the Rex Smith/Rachel Sweet version (#35) and Sandra, "Everlasting Love" reached the UK Top 20 three times in the 1990s via versions by Worlds Apart - #20/1993 - , Gloria Estefan - #27/1995 - and most successfully via a charity single by the Cast of Casualty which reached #5 in 1998. In 2004 Jamie Cullum reached #20 UK with his version of "Everlasting Love".

In 1987 the rendition of "Everlasting Love" by Sandra reached a Top 20 peak in at least eight territories going Top Ten in four. The Sandra version also reached UK #45 in 1988, affording "Everlasting Love" its second UK Top 50 incarnation of the decade. The song has also charted internationally via its renditions by Love Affair, Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet and Worlds Apart.

As early as 1968 "Everlasting Love" was remade for the C&W market by Hank Locklin who charted with the song 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." (Nashville Times Daily 28 October 2004)
 

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 - on which Kenny Buttrey played drums [10] - 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" served as the B-side for "Everlasting Love"). Debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 30 September 1967, "Everlasting Love" had already reached #1 in Philadelphia and Detroit by the time of its Top 40 debut on 21 October 1967. Cason - ["'Everlasting Love'] drove...the promotion guys nuts since it hit in one market then several weeks later pop up somewhere else."[1] 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 followup 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.

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