What's Forever For

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"What's Forever For"
Single by Michael Martin Murphey
from the album Michael Martin Murphey
B-side Crystal
Released June 14, 1982
Format 7"
Recorded August 31, 1981
Genre Country, pop
Label Liberty 1466
Writer(s) Rafe VanHoy
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Michael Martin Murphey singles chronology
"The Two-Step Is Easy"
"What's Forever For"
"Still Taking Chances"

"What's Forever For" is a song written by Rafe VanHoy and first recorded by England Dan and John Ford Coley on their 1978 album Dr. Heckle & Mr. Jive.

The song saw its biggest success when it was recorded by American country music artist Michael Martin Murphey. It was released in June 1982 as the third single from his album, Michael Martin Murphey. "What's Forever For" would become Murphey's first of two number ones on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent sixteen weeks in the country top 40, while also peaking at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 19
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 7

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 241. 
Preceded by
"She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)"
by Jerry Reed
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

September 25, 1982
Succeeded by
"Put Your Dreams Away"
by Mickey Gilley
Preceded by
"Put Your Dreams Away"
by Mickey Gilley
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 16, 1982
Succeeded by
"I Will Always Love You"
by Dolly Parton