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"
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"

"When Will I Be Loved" is a classic popular song, written by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers and a No. 8 hit single for that duo in the summer of 1960. The track had been recorded in 1959 while the Everly Brothers 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 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 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.[2] "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 #1 in Cash Box;[1] only the chart dominance of the year's biggest hit: "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille prevented Linda from having consecutive #1 hit singles on the Hot 100[3] — a feat she did perform on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart on 21 June 1975, which ranked "When Will I Be Loved" at No. 1 ("You're No Good" had been No. 1 in both Billboard and Cash Box 15 February 1975). Billboard did afford a No. 1 ranking to "When Will I Be Loved" on its C&W chart, where it was Ronstadt's first of several chart-toppers.[4]

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 No. 47 Pop, No. 20 Adult Contemporary and No. 54 Country.[1]

Manfred Mann included a version of the song on their number-one EP in 1966.

In 1967 Johnny Young & Kompany reached No. 3 in Australia with "When Will I Be Loved" charted in tandem with its flip "Kiss Me Now".

Sandy Denny recorded a version of the song with Linda Thompson on the rock n' roll covers album Rock On with The Bunch in 1972. The track was also released as a single that same year.

Tanya Tucker recorded "When Will I Be Loved" for her 1975 album Tanya Tucker; the track features a harmony vocal by the song's composer, Phil Everly.

The 1985 Magnum, P.I. episode "Let Me Hear the Music" features a live performance of "When Will I Be Loved" by Amanda McBroom[5] while the "Jami McFame" episode of According to Jim (2008) features Jamison Belushi - daughter of series star James Belushi - performing the song.

Dolly Parton has performed the song live on numerous occasions, including on her 1987-88 TV series Dolly.

In the movie Cocktail (1988), Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue dance and sing along to the jukebox which is playing When Will I Be Loved.

Ria performed the song in the movie When Will I Be Loved (2004).

Carrie Underwood performed the song on American Idol in 2005.

John Fogerty remade "When Will I Be Loved" for his 2009 album The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again; the track is performed as a duet with Bruce Springsteen.[6]

The Chapin Sisters remade "When Will I Be Loved" for their 2013 album release A Date with the Everly Brothers.

Versions of "When Will I Be Loved" have also been recorded by Rosemary Clooney, John Denver, The Little River Band, Gram Parsons, Sandy Posey, Ricochet, and Rockpile. Vince Gill recorded the song for the soundtrack of the 1994 movie 8 Seconds.

In 2014, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Miranda Lambert performed the song at the Grammy Awards as a tribute to the song's writer who died in January 2014.

Chart performance
The Everly Brothers

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

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


  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. ^ New York Times 19 November 1974 p.32
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 540. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944b2008,. Record Research. p. 300. 
  5. ^ Episode Music
  6. ^ [1]

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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