Significant Songs (207)

Since You’ve Been Gone.

Many of you will be well aware that I am not a fan of the musical genre commonly known as ‘Rock’. However, I was a fan of the band Argent, and this was written by the genius behind that band, Russ Ballard, who released it in 1976.

It was covered after that, and I generally managed to ignore those cover versions. In 1979, British band Rainbow came along with their version. That band was what was known as a ‘super-group’, comprising former members of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, and fronted by Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore. Until they released this song, I could take or leave them.
Mostly leave them.

But the arrival of a new lead vocalist, Graham Bonnet, made a difference for me, and I thought this was a storming vocal that lifted the song to new heights. I went out and bought it, though it remained something of a one-hit wonder for me, as the only record of theirs that I ever liked.

They have sold 26 million records, and continued to perform in various incarnations, until this very day.

29 thoughts on “Significant Songs (207)

  1. I’m thrilled you posted this! When I saw the first video I knew the singer who I discovered is Graham Bonnet. I’ve been looking for the song he sang that I’d heard but could never find. It’s called All Night Long and is by Rainbow with him as the lead singer. It comes from the 80s and according to Wiki is the only Rainbow album with him on it. What a lucky find! Thank you beetlepete!

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  2. Hmm….I didn’t know you didn’t like “rock” music, Pete. I’ve read about Steely Dan on your site. I consider them a “rock” group. Yes, they are more smooth jazz with R&B leanings I suppose, but back in my day they were considered rock and played on AOR radio along with Men at Work, Ozzy Osborne and The Human League. I love Deep Purple.

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    1. Interesting indeed, Pam. I consider Steely Dan to be more Jazz-influenced than ‘Rock’. I would also call the Human League ‘Electro-Pop’ more than anything else. As for Men At Work, they are very hard to classify.
      Deep Purple and Black Sabbath would never be in my record collection, I’m afraid.
      Strange how we all ‘hear’ music differently. But there’s a place for everyone’s taste, so that’s a good thing. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Agreed–about breaking the bands down into sub-groups. For a brief moment, Rock radio was that diversified in the 80s–at least where I’m from. As a result, I have very eclectic tastes. I love jazz. I love R&B, Hip Hop, rock and pop. I rarely listen to Ozzy Osborne these days–never Black Sabbath unless my husband puts them on, but I like a lot of hard rock and some Metal too. That said, I appreciate your music posts. My taste have tamed and have consolidated a bit more now that I’m older. But, come on, Pete! Ian Gillan was the BEST singer of Deep Purple! Ian Gillan is such a good singer, he sang on Broadway. Ha!

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  3. I think that one of the most interesting realities is how people have different interests. Your least favorite genre, is my favorite. I never cared much for country music, although it is growing on me (perhaps because it sounds nothing like the country music I grew up with). My wife and son love country music and talk about their favorite artists and songs all the time.

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  4. This is a very interesting coincidence, Pete. My sister-in-law, Jane Risdon, has co-written a fascinating novel called Only One Woman (a song I’m sure you’ll be familiar with?) about the music biz in the swinging ’60s & ’70s, based on her own experience as a manager & promoter, and it has a foreword written by none other than Graham Bonnet! Check out her blog: I have pretty catholic tastes when it comes to music, but each to his own, of course! Cheers, Jon.

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    1. As you can see, I have 207 songs in this series so far, and they cover almost every genre of music, from the 1920s to the 21st century. I will check out your link now. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. That was by Argent of course, and a huge hit. I think the main reason I liked this song was because it was ‘lighter’, so more acceptable to someone who avoided heavy rock.
      Thanks, chuq.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Sarada. Argent were at a different (as in much higher) level to most ‘progressive’ bands of the time, as far as I am concerned. But I thought Graham Bonnet had a great voice, so took to this version. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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