The song was Warwick's first single release on Arista after an unsuccessful tenure at Warner Bros. Records. The song brought Warwick renewed popularity when it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 in Canada and #13 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The song won Warwick a 1980 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The tune was certified by the RIAA as Gold for sales of over 1 million copies and helped her Arista debut album, Dionne, be certified by the RIAA as Platinum for album sales of over 1 million copies.
The song was first recorded by Richard Kerr himself for his 1978 album Welcome To The Club as "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again." The song, using the same title, was soon covered by Cheryl Ladd for her 1978 eponymous debut album. "I'll Never Love This Way Again" has also been recorded by Billie Jo Spears and The Nolans. The song has been recorded in Spanish as "Como te Amé" by Yuri, in Dutch as "Vergeet jouw wereld" by André Hazes, in Finnish as "En Näin Voi Muita Rakastaa" by Marion Rung, in German as "Ich weiß, so lieben kann ich niemals mehr" by Margot Werner, in Hungarian as "Így Még Senkit Nem Szerettem Én" by Korda György, and in Italian as "Io dio io re" by Christian De Sica.