Original 'Everlasting Love' singer Robert Knight dies aged 72
Singer, Robert Knight, known for the 1967 country-soul hit 'Everlasting Love' has sadly died aged 72.
The Tennessean reported that Knight passed away on Sunday, November 5, following a short, undisclosed illness.
He was born Robert Peebles in Franklin on April 24, 1945 and is best known for the 1967 hit, 'Everlasting Love'.
He started his career with the Fairlanes and fronted the Paramounts before he was spotted singing at a fraternity party at Vanderbilt University by the writer of Everlasting Love, Mac Gayden.
"[I heard] this voice coming from the Kappa Sigma House. He didn't want to talk to me, but I gave him my card," Gayden said.
He introduced him to Buzz Cason, who signed Robert to Rising Sons Music and they realised they had a huge hit on their hands when they recorded Everlasting Love as a "throwaway tune" at the end of the session.
It debuted at number 14 on the American R'n'B chart and 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"With Everlasting Love, Knight created the blueprint for one of the most famous, most enduring songs to ever come out of Music City," Michael Gray, a historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, told The Tenessean.