Everything I Own
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|"Everything I Own"|
|Single by Bread|
|from the album Baby I'm-A Want You|
|B-side||"I Don't Love You"|
|Released||January 29, 1972|
|Genre||Rock, soft rock|
|Bread singles chronology|
Although initial listeners may have interpreted it as a song about a broken relationship, Gates would later reveal that it was a song about the passing of his father. "According to the book 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, at his father's funeral, a friend took David Gates aside and said, "Your dad was so proud of what you were doing." David agreed by replying, "My success would have been so special to him as he was my greatest influence. So I decided to write and record "Everything I Own" about him. If you listen to the words, 'You sheltered me from harm, kept me warm, gave my life to me, set me free,' it says it all.”
Ken Boothe version
|"Everything I Own"|
|Single by Ken Boothe|
|from the album Everything I Own|
|Label||Wild Flower/Federal (Jamaica)
Jamaican artist Ken Boothe's reggae version of "Everything I Own" in 1974. It reached Number One in the UK Singles charts on October 26, 1974, and stayed at the top of the charts for three weeks.
Boy George version
|"Everything I Own"|
|Single by Boy George|
|from the album Sold|
|Format||7", 12", cassette|
|Recorded||1986 in Montserrat|
|Boy George singles chronology|
The version by Boy George reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in March 1987, becoming his first hit and only UK number one as a solo artist. It was also his first solo single after a departure from his band, Culture Club. Owing more to the Ken Boothe version, the sweet reggae style was reminiscent of his earlier debut hit with Culture Club, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?". Coming at the time of his arrest for possession of heroin, it provided a major boost to his career. Other than the UK, it was a number one in many countries (including Canada, Ireland, Italy, Norway and South Africa) and top 10 in many markets too. The track was recorded during the "Sold" sessions at Air Studios Montserrat and produced by Stewart Levine. The musicians were Ian Maidman (later aka Jennifer Maidman) bass and guitar, Vic Martin keyboards, Glen Nightingale guitar, Richie Stevens drums, and Paul 'Wix' Wickens keyboards .
Boy George played this song many times in his live shows. He re-recorded the track in an acoustic style (named the Hippy Trippy Mix) and it was released on the American CD single of "Everything I Own", a re-release from 1993. It was also remixed in a dub version for the Culture Club 2002 box set.
Other cover versions
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The single has been recorded by Shirley Bassey, The Connells, Jack Jones, Ken Boothe, Olivia Newton-John, Georgie Fame, Boy George, *NSYNC, Jude, Rod Stewart, Crystal Gayle, Nicole Scherzinger, Chrissie Hynde, Greg London, Edison Lighthouse, Hernaldo Zuniga, Aiza Seguerra, Vanessa Hudgens and Boyzone. Although the song is frequently interpreted as a romantic love song, Gates actually wrote the song as a tribute to his late father.
Brazilian singer Diana recorded a Portuguese version of the song with the title "Tudo Que Eu Tenho". The version by Ken Boothe reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in October 1974. The version by Boy George also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, in 1987.
In 1995, Brazilian/Venezuelan singer Elisa Rego released two separate versions of the song, both of which had a distinct pop-reggae sound. One version had the original English lyrics, while the other was translated into Spanish. Both songs were released as part of her third studio album "De amor y deseo" ("Of Love and Desire").
In 2006, Chrissie Hynde covered the song for the soundtrack to the film Happy Feet. This recording was produced by John Powell and Gavin Greenaway. On the soundtrack album Happy Feet: Music from the Motion Picture, the song is mashed up with "The Joker", recorded by Jason Mraz.
In November 2007, Tesla released a cover album A Peace of Time, which included a cover of this song. This was a studio recording with an electric guitar solo.
On November 19, 2009, Greg London and "Everything I Own" won the award for Best Adult Contemporary Song for the highest charting new artist release and release on an independent label on all three AC Radio airplay charts at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards HMMA.
- "Everything I Own by Bread Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 1972-02-27. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
- Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 472–3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "David Gates & Billy Dean "Everything I Own" 1994". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 306. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
-  Archived September 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "MarketWatch.com". MarketWatch.com. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
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