When Will I Be Loved (song)

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"When Will I Be Loved"
When will I be loved Everly Bros.jpg
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album The Fabulous Style of The Everly Brothers
ReleasedMay 1960
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
RecordedFebruary 18, 1960
Songwriter(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" is a classic popular song written by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, who had a US top ten hit with it in 1960. Linda Ronstadt covered the song in 1975, and her version was an even bigger hit in the US peaking at No. 2.

The Everly Brothers version[edit]


The Everly Brothers scored a number 8 hit single with "When Will I Be Loved" in the summer of 1960 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track had been recorded in 1960 while the duo 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 session, produced by Archie Bleyer, took place on February 18, 1960 at the RCA Studio in Nashville. Those at the session included:

Chart performance[edit]

Linda Ronstadt version[edit]

"When Will I Be Loved"
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt.jpg
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Heart Like a Wheel
B-side"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
ReleasedMarch 25, 1975
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
GenreCountry rock, soft rock[4]
Songwriter(s)Phil Everly
Producer(s)Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"You're No Good"
"When Will I Be Loved"
"Heat Wave"


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 fourth verses. Capitol Records 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 premier single.[5] "When Will I Be Loved" was issued as the second single (in March 1975) and hit number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of that year, as well as number 1 in Cash Box;[1] only the chart dominance of the year's biggest hit, "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille, prevented Ronstadt from having consecutive number 1 hit singles on the Hot 100.[6] Billboard did afford a number 1 ranking to "When Will I Be Loved" on its C&W chart.[7]

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 number 47 Pop, number 20 Adult Contemporary, and number 54 Country.[1]


Other versions[edit]


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  2. ^ "SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
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  4. ^ Knowles, Christopher (1 October 2010). "The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  5. ^ The New York Times, 19 November 1974, p.32
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 540.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944b2008,. Record Research. p. 300.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Musicoutfitters.com.
  11. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1975". Tropicalglen.com.
  12. ^ "Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds Sing The Everly Brothers". Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "Episode Music & Scores". Magnum Mania!. 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  14. ^ "News". John Fogerty. Retrieved 2016-09-26.

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