Never Ending Song of Love

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"Never Ending Song of Love"
Never Ending Song of Love - Delaney & Bonnie.jpg
Single by Delaney & Bonnie
B-side"Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)"
ReleasedMay 1971 (U.S.)
Producer(s)Delaney Bramlett
Delaney & Bonnie singles chronology
"Free the People"
"Never Ending Song of Love"
"Only You Know and I Know"

"Never Ending Song of Love" is a song written by Delaney Bramlett, and, according to some sources, by his wife Bonnie Bramlett.[1] It was originally recorded with his band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, in 1971 on the album Motel Shot. Released as a single by Atco Records the same year, "Never Ending Song of Love" became Delaney & Bonnie's greatest hit on the pop charts, reaching a peak of #13 on the Billboard Hot 100[2] and number eight Easy Listening.[3] It reached #16 in Australia.

"Never Ending Song of Love" has been prominently covered several times. A cover version by The New Seekers was a major hit in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1971. It spent a few weeks at no. 2 in the UK charts and in South Africa,[4] reached no. 1 in the Irish charts, and featured on their album of the same name.

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Delaney & Bonnie
New Seekers

Other cover versions[edit]

On the country music charts, at least three versions have become hits: Dickey Lee recorded a version at the same time as Delaney & Bonnie's original, which reached #8 on Billboard's country charts. Eleven years later, the Osmond Brothers had a minor hit with the song, which reached #43 on the country charts in 1982. Crystal Gayle's last U.S. chart hit was a cover of the song, which reached #72 on the country chart in 1990. As of 2008, it had been covered by over 100 artists.[17]

A French-language cover of the song (as "Un amour qui ne veut pas mourir") was also recorded by Canadian singer Renée Martel in 1972 as one of the first songs she recorded after transitioning from pop to country music.[18]


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  2. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2014-12-11). Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000 (in Arabic). Rowman & Littlefield. p. 93. ISBN 9781442240087.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 69.
  4. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 85. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1971-08-14. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1971-08-28. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  8. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 18 October 1971
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 21, 1971
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada".
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  13. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1971". Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Never-Ending Song of Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1971". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Delaney Bramlett; songwriter who wrote 'Let It Rain'". Los Angeles Times. 2008-12-28. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  18. ^ Renée Martel - Un amour qui ne veut pas mourir at YouTube