December 29

The Addrisi Siblings and Vern Gosdin’s “Never My Love”

American siblings Donald and Richard Addrisi wrote “Never My Love”, a pop standard. As recording artists, The Addrisi Brothers had two Top 40 hits. However, as songwriters, their biggest success was “Never My Love”. Due to its popularity, dozens of famous artists have covered it over the decades. Since 1999, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) said it was the second most-played song on radio and television of the 20th century.

The first recording of “Never My Love” to achieve success was by an American pop rock band from California, The Association. Their version, which they recorded with members of The Wrecking Crew, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, it hit number one on the Cashbox charts in October 1967. In the late 1960s, it was one of the band’s five top-ten hits.

Vern Gosdin’s Cover of “Never My Love”

When Gosdin retired from performing during the 1970s, he moved to Cartersville, Georgia to operate a glass company. In 1976, he had his comeback and signed with Elektra Records. The first hit was a remake of “Hangin’ On” where he had a duet with Emmylou Harris. This song peaked at the number 16th spot. The second single, “Yesterday’s Gone”, another track featuring Harris, became his first Top 10 hit in 1977. Between 1977 and 1979, several more hits followed. Among these, the biggest hit was a remake of “Till the End” and a cover of “Never My Love”. Janie Frickie joined him in a duet for this track.

In the year 1999, the song was recognized as the second most-played song in history. According to BMI, it was performed over seven million times. Moreover, on the Top 100 Songs of the Century, it ranked number 2. In the listings of the most-played songs on American radio and television, “Never My Love” placed second. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” written by Barry Mann, Phil Spector, and Cynthia Weil ranked first. The song that ranked third was “Yesterday” by Lennon–McCartney. BMI approximated that the song had received to about 40 years of continuous airplay since its release 32 years ago.


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