Co-charted with UK version by Love Affair.
The Town Criers were a Melbourne pop band, formed 1964, who had five charting hits in Melbourne from 1968 to 1970, notably Love Me Again (#12 1969).
Melbourne or Adelaide? In 1968, founding vocalist Andy Agtoft was replaced by Barry Smith from Adelaide. This raised the band’s profile in Adelaide, but it may also have led some fans to the mistaken belief that the band itself was from Adelaide. It’s also possible there has been some confusion with The London Criers, a well-known late-60s Adelaide showband.
Thanks to David Walker for Melbourne-Adelaide clarification.
Co-charted in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with the Australian version by The Town Criers.
Single on Nashville label Rising Sons, owned by co-writer Buzz Cason with Bobby Russell.
#9 in UK in 1974 when it was rereleased.
Mac Gayden aka Mack Gayden (this song is registered under both names at BMI).
Jim Cassidy notes:
Another interesting thing about Everlasting Love is its unusual structure. There is only one verse of lyrics (Hearts go astray…) and it comes at the beginning of the song and in most versions is only heard once again instrumentally. On the other hand, the chorus (Open up your eyes…) has three different sets of lyrics and gets repeated ad infinitum. Yet somehow it works… There’s a circular quality to the chorus that keeps bringing you back to the beginning to start all over again.
(Post to Spectropop and email to PopArchives, March 2005.)
❝Bobby Russell and I had formed two record companies, Rising Sons and Elf, both releasing the pop and rock product we produced on new uncountry artists… We had hits
on both our record labels, all the while producing acts for several major record companies.❞
Buzz Cason, Living The Rock ‘n Roll Dream: The Adventures of Buzz Cason (2004), p.174
Similar title but not the same song as
"Everlasting Love" by The Town Criers.
On 1978 album Shadow Dancing.
On 1969 album My Whole World Ended on Motown label.
The powerful baritone of Doug Parkinson (b. Newcastle NSW 1946) became known nationally through his records with In Focus from the end of the 60s.
Earlier, he had fronted Sydney folk-pop band The A Sound (formerly Strings and Things) whose sole single features an almost unrecognisable, lighter Doug Parkinson, but it was with highly regarded Sydney pop band The Questions that his soulful, slightly mannered vocal style came into its own.
In Focus was formed in 1968 with personnel from The Questions and became a popular live band that relocated to Melbourne and had national hits that included Dear Prudence, Without You/Hair and Baby Blue Eyes.
After In Focus, Doug Parkinson sang with bands that included Fanny Adams, a briefly reunited In Focus (1971) and The Southern Star Band. His long-lasting solo career has produced charting singles Everlasting Love (1974) and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More (1981). He has also appeared in rock musicals and recorded radio and TV jingles.
In the 70s, Doug Parkinson sang on some of the ‘Where No Wrinklies Fly’ jingles for Melbourne radio station 3AK, and on some of the early jingles for ABC youth station 2JJ (now JJJ).
Version by one of the writers, on his album Skyboat, on ABC-Paramount.
Full name Sandra Lauer.
Vocalist with Enigma (Sadness [Part 1], 1991). She also charted in New Zealand in 1995 with a version of Nights In White Satin.