Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

Help support this site! Consider clicking an ad from time to time. Thanks!


When Will I Be Loved

First recorded by The Everly Brothers (US #8/UK #4 1960).
Other hit versions by Johnny Young & Kompany (AUS #3 1967), Linda Ronstadt (US #2/C&W #1/CAN #1 1975).
Also recorded by John Denver (1966, released 2011), The Bunch (1972), Dave Edmunds & Keith Moon (1974), Tanya Tucker & Phil Everly (1975), Rockpile (1980), John Fogerty & Bruce Springsteen (2009).

From the wiki: “‘When Will I Be Loved’ was written by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, who had a US Top-10 hit with it in the summer of 1960. The track was recorded (with Chet Atkins also on guitar) while the duo were contracted to Cadence Records; by 1960 they had moved to Warner Brothers and recording songs in a more mainstream pop/rock style than previously. The belated release by Cadence of ‘When Will I Be Loved’ provided the Everly Brothers with a final rockabilly-style hit.

“John Denver recorded a cover of the song on his 1966 album John Denver Sings. The album, however, went unreleased to the general public until 2011. Sandy Denny recorded a version of the song in 1972 with Linda Thompson on the rock n’ roll covers album Rock On with The Bunch. The track was also released in the UK as a single that same year with no apparent chart impact.

“In 1967 Johnny Young & Kompany reached #3 in Australia with ‘When Will I Be Loved’ charted in tandem with its flip ‘Kiss Me Now’. Tanya Tucker recorded ‘When Will I Be Loved’ for her 1975 album Tanya Tucker, a recording that features a harmony vocal by the song’s composer, Phil Everly.

“The song had its highest profile when Linda Ronstadt covered it on her album Heart Like A Wheel. This version rearranged the verses of the Everly Brothers original, transposing the first and fourth verses. Capitol Records was reportedly unsure whether to release ‘When Will I Be Loved’ or ‘You’re No Good‘ as the lead-off single from Ronstadt’s album. ‘When Will I Be Loved’ was issued as the second single (in March 1975) and hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of that year, as well as #1 in Cash Box.

“‘When Will I Be Loved’ was covered twice by Dave Edmunds. First, in 1974, with Keith Moon, for the motion picture Stardust (in a fictional band named The Stray Cats); a second cover was recorded and released in 1980 with Rockpile bandmate Nick Lowe for the album Seconds of Pleasure. John Fogerty covered ‘When Will I Be Loved’ for his 2009 album The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, performing the song as a duet with Bruce Springsteen.”

John Denver, “When Will I Be Loved” (1966):

Johnny Young & Kompany, “When Will I Be Loved” (1967):

The Bunch, “When Will I Be Loved” (1972):

Dave Edmunds & Keith Moon, “When Will I Be Loved” (1974):

Linda Ronstadt, “When Will I Be Loved” (1975):

Tanya Tucker (and Phil Everly), “When Will I Be Loved” (1975):

Rockpile, “When Will I Be Loved” (1980):

John Fogerty & Bruce Springsteen, “When Will I Be Loved” (2009):

Comments are closed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.