Robert Knight (musician)

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Robert Knight
Birth nameRobert Henry Peebles
Born(1940-04-21)April 21, 1940
Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedNovember 5, 2017(2017-11-05) (aged 77)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresSoul, pop
Years active1961–2017
LabelsDot, Monument

Robert Knight (born Robert Henry Peebles;[1] April 21, 1940[2] – November 5, 2017) was an American singer, best known for his 1967 recording of the song "Everlasting Love".


Robert Peebles was born in Franklin, Tennessee, United States, in 1940 according to family and official records,[2] though some sources give the year 1945.[3] As Robert Knight, he made his professional vocal debut with the Paramounts, a quintet consisting of school friends.[3] Signed to Dot Records in 1960, they recorded "Free Me" in 1961, a US R&B hit single that outsold a rival version by Johnny Preston.

After this initial success, their subsequent releases flopped, resulting in a breakup of the group. They also broke their recording contract with Dot and were prevented from recording for 4+12 years.[3] Knight attended Tennessee State University, where he studied chemistry and sang with the Fairlanes, a vocal trio.[3]

In 1967, after Knight was seen performing with the Fairlanes in Nashville at a Vanderbilt University fraternity, he was offered a contract as a solo artist by the Rising Sons label.[3] His first recording, "Everlasting Love", written by label owners Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden, was a success, reaching number 14 on the US R&B chart and number 13 on the Hot 100 on 18-25 November 1967. This enduring song was an even bigger success in the UK the following year when a version by Love Affair reached number 1, preventing Knight's version from progressing further than No. 40.[4]

Knight scored two further pop hits at home, "Blessed Are the Lonely" and "Isn't It Lonely Together".[3] In 1973/1974, thanks to heavy rotation by Northern soul music admiring deejays he hit the UK Singles Chart again with the re-issue of his late 1968 recording "Love on a Mountain Top", reaching number 10 in early 1974 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] The song was also written by Cason and Gayden. The re-issued "Everlasting Love" went even higher in the UK in 1974, reaching the Top 20,[4] and Carl Carlton's version peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100 on 23-30 November 1974, seven years to the week after Knight's version peaked. His final UK chart record was "Better Get Ready for Love" which reached number 53 in May 1974.[5]

He also worked for Vanderbilt University as a chemical lab technician,[6] a chemistry teacher, and a member of the grounds crew.[7]

Knight died at home in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 77,[8][9] 13 days before the 50-year anniversary of the first week of the Hot 100 peak date of his version of "Everlasting Love".


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album US Pop
1967 Everlasting Love 196
1971 Love on a Mountain Top (UK only)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Single Chart positions
US Pop

1967 "Everlasting Love" 13 14 40 26
1968 "Blessed Are the Lonely" 97
"Isn't It Lonely Together" 97 85
1970 "I Only Have Eyes for You"
1973 "Love on a Mountain Top" 10
1974 "Everlasting Love" (reissue) 19
"Better Get Ready for Love" 53[A]
"The Outsider"
1975 "I'm Coming Home to You"
1976 "I've Got News for You"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chart position is from the official UK "Breakers List".


  1. ^ Simmons, Rick (July 4, 2016). "The Story Behind: Robert Knight, "Everlasting Love"". Rebeat. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Robert Peebles". The Tennessean. November 11, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ankeny, Jason. "Artist Biography". AllMusic.
  4. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 306. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ BMRB Chart 1970-1976 Top 50 plus Top 10 Breakers.
  6. ^ Simmons, Rick (2013). Carolina Beach Music from the '60s to the '80s. History Press. ISBN 9781609497507. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "Robert Knight - Free Internet Radio - Music Search Engine - DJ Playlist Generator". Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "11 Nov 2017, A15 - The Tennessean at".
  9. ^ "'Everlasting Love' Singer Robert Knight Dead at 72". Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Robert Knight - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on September 25, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2022.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 389. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 253. ISBN 0-89820-115-2.
  13. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 430. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.

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