On and On (Stephen Bishop song)

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"On and On"
On and On - Stephen Bishop.jpg
Single by Stephen Bishop
from the album Careless
B-side"Little Italy"
ReleasedMay 1977
GenreSoft rock
LabelABC Records
Songwriter(s)Stephen Bishop
Producer(s)Henry Lewy, Stephen Bishop
Stephen Bishop singles chronology
"Save It for a Rainy Day"
"On and On"
"Never Letting Go"

"On and On" is a song by American singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop. The song, from his debut album Careless, became a major hit, peaking at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and spending 28 weeks on the chart.[1] In Canada, the song peaked at number 6.[2]

On the U.S. Easy Listening chart, "On and On" peaked at number two.[3] It reached number three on the corresponding Canadian chart.

Despite failing to crack the Top Ten, it was the 30th ranked single by the Billboard magazine year-end chart for 1977 as a result of its almost seven-month chart run.[4] The song appears on his 1976 album, Careless.

The song was featured in the films Anger Management, How to Deal, The Hitcher, Margot at the Wedding, My Friend Dahmer and Remarkable Power.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Kenny Rankin covered "On and On" in 1977. His version charted concurrently with Stephen Bishop's original, reaching #110 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under chart.
  • British reggae group Aswad took their version of the song to No. 25 in the UK in August 1989.
  • Jonathan Coulton covers the song on his Some Guys album, released in 2019.


Track listing[edit]

US 7" single
A. "On and On" - 3:00
B. "Little Italy" - 3:35

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Bishop - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  2. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 33.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  6. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1977-10-30. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "Obsolete song title page". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  10. ^ Billboard. Books.google.com. 1977-12-24. p. Front cover. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  11. ^ [3]

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