November 4, 2015

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Rex Smith & Rachel Sweet - Everlasting Love / Still Thinking Of You / Billy And The Gun (1981) - single

"Everlasting Love" reached the Top 40 for the third time in the summer of 1981 via a duet version cut by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet; this version features revised lyrics including an additional verse of uncredited authorship which was approved by the song's composers.
The track marked the Columbia debut of Sweet who'd previously recorded two albums for the new wave oriented Stiff label. According to Sweet upon submitting the tracks intended to comprise her first album for Columbia - all original songs produced by Pete Solly - she was told: "we'd like you to cut some more songs. And we'd like it if they weren't yours." Columbia was hoping that augmenting Sweet's album with outside material produced by Rick Chertoff - then best known for his work with Air Supply - would provide Sweet with a commercial breakout, with "Everlasting Love" in particular being recorded for its perceived hit potential. In keeping with the trend for duets prevalent in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Sweet was paired on "Everlasting Love" with another Columbia artist who was being produced by Chertoff: Rex Smith, who had reached #10 in 1979 with "You Take My Breath Away": their duet on "Everlasting Love" was featured on both Sweet's “And Then He Kissed Me” album and the album “Everlasting Love” by Smith and the single was a two-track B-side featuring Sweet's "Billy and the Gun" and Smith's "Still Thinking of You" respectively taken from each singer's last-named album.
With neither Smith nor Sweet being a strong Top 40 force, their collaboration on "Everlasting Love" would only generate qualified chart impact: the single peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1981.

A  - Everlasting Love  (3:29)
Written-By – B. Cason, M. Gayden / Producer – Rick Chertoff / Producer [Associate], Engineer – William Wittman /
B1 - Rex Smith - Still Thinking Of You  (3:20)
Written-By – M. Bolotin, P. Henderson / Producer – Rick Chertoff
B2 - Rachel Sweet - Billy And The Gun  (4:17)
Written-By – R. Sweet / Producer – Pete Solley

Genre:  Pop
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog# 1405

(P) 1981

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