When Will I Be Loved (song)

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"When Will I Be Loved"
Single by The Everly Brothers
B-side "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
Released 1960
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:26
Label Cadence 1380
Writer(s) Phil Everly
Producer(s) Wesley Rose
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Cathy's Clown"
"When Will I Be Loved"
"So Sad"

"When Will I Be Loved" is a classic popular song written by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, who had a hit with it in 1960. Linda Ronstadt covered the song in 1975 and her version was an even bigger hit.

The Everly Brothers version[edit]

The Everly Brothers scored a number 8 hit single with "When Will I Be Loved" in the summer of 1960 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track had been recorded in 1960 while the duo were contracted to Cadence Records; by 1960 they had moved to Warner Brothers and recording 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.[1]


The session, produced by Archie Blyer, took place on February 18, 1960 at the RCA Studio in Nashville. Those at the session included:

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
Australian ARIA Chart 3
Canadian RPM Top Singles 16
U.K. Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8

Linda Ronstadt version[edit]

"When Will I Be Loved"
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Heart Like a Wheel
B-side "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Released March 25, 1975
Format 7" single
Genre Rock, Country Rock
Length 2:04
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Phil Everly
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"You're No Good"
"When Will I Be Loved"/
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
"Heat Wave"

The song had its highest profile when Linda Ronstadt covered it on her album Heart Like A Wheel. This version rearranges the verses of the Everly Brothers original, transposing the first and third verses. Capitol Records was reportedly unsure whether to release "When Will I Be Loved" or "You're No Good" as the lead 45 off of Heart Like a Wheel, finally deciding to issue "You're No Good" as the priemier single.[3] "When Will I Be Loved" was issued as the second single (in March, 1975) and hit number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of that year, as well number 1 in Cash Box;[1] only the chart dominance of the year's biggest hit: "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille prevented Ronstadt from having consecutive number 1 hit singles on the Hot 100[4] — a feat she did perform on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart on June 21, 1975, which ranked "When Will I Be Loved" at number 1 ("You're No Good" had been number 1 in both Billboard and Cash Box February 15, 1975). Billboard did afford a number 1 ranking to "When Will I Be Loved" on its C&W chart, where it was Ronstadt's first of several chart-toppers.[5]

As Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved" descended the charts, its B-side, a remake of Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", garnered enough airplay to chart at number 47 Pop, number 20 Adult Contemporary and number 54 Country.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Poore, Billy (1998). Rockabilly: a forty-year journey. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Publishing. p. 170. ISBN 0-7935-9142-2. 
  2. ^ http://countrydiscography.blogspot.com/2009/05/everly-brothers-part-i.html
  3. ^ New York Times 19 November 1974 p.32
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 540. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944b2008,. Record Research. p. 300. 
  6. ^ Episode Music
  7. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
by John Denver
Cash Box Top 100 Singles number-one single
(Linda Ronstadt version)

June 21, 1975
Succeeded by
"Love Will Keep Us Together"
by Captain & Tennille
Preceded by
"Window Up Above"
by Mickey Gilley
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Linda Ronstadt version)

June 14, 1975
Succeeded by
"You're My Best Friend"
by Don Williams
Preceded by
"Reconsider Me"
by Narvel Felts
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Linda Ronstadt version)

July 19, 1975
Succeeded by
"Yellow House of Love"
by Patti MacDonnell