This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

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"This Will Be"
Single by Natalie Cole
from the album Inseparable
B-side "Joey"
Released April 13, 1975
Genre Soul, R&B, disco
Length 2:50
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Chuck Jackson, Marvin Yancy
Producer(s) Chuck Jackson, Marvin Yancy
Natalie Cole singles chronology
"This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"

"This Will Be" is a song performed by Natalie Cole and composed by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy. Often appended with "(An Everlasting Love)" but not released as such, this was Natalie Cole's debut single in 1975 and one of her biggest hits, becoming a number-one R&B and number-six pop smash in the U.S.[1] and also reaching the UK Top 40. Cole won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, a category that had previously been dominated by Aretha Franklin. It would also help her win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Cole had been turned down by every label approached, but finally gained the interest of Larkin Arnold the executive of Capitol Records, through demos produced by Jackson and Yancy. The two wrote the song at the end of sessions for Arnold, just as he and Cole were about to leave town.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1 (2 weeks)

In the media[edit]


  • The song was used as background music in television and radio ads for the eHarmony online dating service.
  • The "Family Jewels" episode of Las Vegas (Season One, Episode 21).
  • In third episode of the fourth season RuPaul's Drag Race, contestants The Princess and Dida Ritz "lip synced for their lives" to the song. Natalie Cole was a guest judge. Giving what was to be called one of the best lip syncs of the season, Ritz won the lip sync.


The song appears on the soundtrack albums for the following films:

And is featured in the following films:


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 127. 
  2. ^ [1]

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Preceded by
"Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number-one single
October 4, 1975 – October 11, 1975
Succeeded by
"Games People Play" by The Spinners