‘Everlasting Love’ singer Robert Knight dead at 72
American singer Robert Knight, who recorded the first version of “Everlasting Love” died Sunday (Nov. 5) at his home in Tennessee after a short illness. He was 72.
“With Everlasting Love, Knight created the blueprint for one of the most famous, most enduring songs to ever come out of Music City,” said Michael Gray, a historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
“Recording extensively with Mac Gayden and Buzz Cason in the 1960s, Robert was working in integrated bands when it was still taboo to do so in some places” he continued, “The original version of Everlasting Love is a prime example of the successful musical exchange between black and white musicians during a decade of great racial upheaval and civil rights struggles in the South.”
Knight’s subsequent recordings didn’t reach the heights of Everlasting Love, but he had a few minor hits with Blessed are the Lonely, Isn’t it Lonely Together and Love on a Mountain Top (another Cason/Gayden song) in the 1970s.
Outside of music, Knight worked as a chemistry teacher, a chemical lab technician at Vanderbilt University and a member of the grounds crew. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.