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Robert Knight (born April 24 1945) is an Americamarker singer. He is best known for his recording of the chart topping song "Everlasting Love".


Knight made his professional vocal debut with the Paramounts, a harmony quintet consisting of schoolfriends. Signed to Dot Records in 1960, they recorded "Free Me" in 1961, a U.S.marker R&B hit single, outselling the rival cover 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 years. Knight continued his studies in chemistry at Tennessee State Universitymarker, where he formed the vocal trio the Fairlanes. In 1967, Knight was spotted performing with the Fairlanes in Nashville, Tennesseemarker, and was offered a contract as a solo artist by the Rising Sons label. His first recording, "Everlasting Love", written by label owners Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden, was an immediate success, reaching number 14 on the U.S.marker R&B chart and 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This enduring song was an even bigger success in the UKmarker the following year where a cover version by Love Affair reached number 1, and in doing so, kept Knight's version from progressing further than #40 there. Knight scored two further pop hits at home, "Blessed Are The Lonely" and "Isn't It Lonely Together".

In 1973, he oversaw another entry on the UK Singles Chart when "Love On A Mountain Top" reached the Top 10, whilst the re-issued "Everlasting Love" went even higher in the UK the following year, achieving Top 20 status.

His signature song, "Everlasting Love", has been revived and returned to hit status several times over the years, including by Carl Carlton in 1974, as a duet by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet in 1981, and by Gloria Estefan in 1995. In the UK, the issues of "Everlasting Love" by CBS represent the only time that there have been as many as three chart versions of a song from the same record company.

Knight has continued to advance his career in chemical research, while occasionally performing and recording. He worked at the Tennessee State Prisonmarker during the 1980s, and is currently an employee at Vanderbilt Universitymarker in Nashville, where he works on the grounds crew.

See also


  1. biography by Jason Ankeny

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