John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen – “When Will I Be Loved”

Juli Thanki | September 21st, 2009

john-fogertyThese days, the Everly Brothers might be best remembered for singing odes to teenage love, but Phil and Don Everly had an abiding love for straight-up country music, as anyone who’s heard the rootsy Songs Our Daddy Taught Us knows. These Brylcreemed boys could write damn good songs as well.

And although the brothers themselves dropped off the country charts decades ago, country artists have known about the power of an Everly-penned song for quite some time. Just in the past 20 years, Reba took “Cathy’s Clown” to #1, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss covered “Gone Gone Gone” on 2007’s Raising Sand, and now John Fogerty tackles “When Will I Be Loved” (written by Phil) for his new release The Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again.

This song, which has also been covered by Linda Ronstadt among others, is so masterfully written and artfully arranged that it’s near impossible to screw up. Add hearty amounts of fiddle and pedal steel, as Fogerty does here, and you’ve got a winner on your hands. Joining Fogerty is fellow iconic-voiced rocker Bruce Springsteen. These two guys lack the pure voices and brotherly harmonies of the Everlys, but their comparative roughness really drives the lyrics home: Fogerty and Springsteen sound as though they’ve spent a lifetime being cheated and mistreated, making the question “when will I be loved” sound just a little more urgent than when it’s sung by pretty young’uns with unsullied voices like Phil, Don, or Linda.

The song’s lyrics themselves are rather depressing, but Fogerty and Springsteen seem like they’re having a blast, a notion that’s reinforced by the rollicking country-rock arrangement. Sure, the ladies keep breaking your heart, but the best cure might just be turning the amps (or the record player, or the car stereo) up to eleven and rocking out.

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  1. Josh
    September 21, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I gave it a listen, but couldn’t really get into it for me. I prefer the older covers…especially Vince Gill: he could sing any song extremely well and do justice and so I tip my hat off to him.

  2. Sam G.
    September 21, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I love John Fogerty, but between this and his duet with Rosanne Cash, I’m hoping Springsteen goes back to his E Street Band and stays far, far away from country music from now on.

  3. JD
    September 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

    This is what we get from 2 Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famers? Ouch! Fogerty wrote some simple yet brilliant stuff with CCR that still lives on today. File this latest effort with the rest of his non-charting releases from the past ten years.

    Another case of “after the magic has gone…”

  4. Leeann Ward
    September 21, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I like this. Springsteen isn’t country for sure, but I like hearing him dabble in it once in awhile. I like this and I like his collaboration with Rosanne Cash. Likewise, I love his Seeger Sessions album, which isn’t country, but surely somewhere under the tent. I think Fogerty’s album is rather good. My only issue is that he, sometimes, gets too loungy in his vocals here and there on the project.

  5. Leeann Ward
    September 21, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I actually didn’t like Vince’s cover of this song. Shocking, I know.

  6. 1953
    September 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

    it has been a long time since i enjoyed anything Bruce Springsteen put out. it always seems about him, not the music.

  7. numberonecountryfan
    September 21, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Don’t forget the Everly Brothers had a major (top 20) hit in 1986 with Born Yesterday!

  8. Steve barnet
    September 21, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I love the new John Fogerty album. His voice is unbelieveable!! John is one of our national treasures. The track rocks!!!!!

  9. T. Scott
    September 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I heard “When Will I Be Loved” on outlaw country(XM) two weeks ago.I hope when they decide to play it again, they use Rohnstadt’s version instead.So far,nothing off this album has caught ear.Don’t get me wrong,I love Fogerty,and he’s one of the few artists to do protest songs now, but I’m still waiting for something off this album.

  10. Rick
    September 21, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    No Sale. I’m a big Everly Brothers fan (even the mushy stuff like “Devoted To You”) and this cover version just doesn’t cut it with me. Linda Ronstadt’s version is not one to ever be challenged grasshopper. (Kung Fu reference!)

    I haven’t paid attention to Fogerty’s music since the CCR heyday but I did buy a CDX CD that contained his song “Gun Slinger” and it kicks butt! I’d rather listen to that track than this one.

  11. Steve Harvey
    September 21, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I love this. Fogerty’s got one of the most arresting, characterful country-rock voices of all time, and he really slides into the pocket on this one.

  12. Jeff
    September 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Love it — both guys are such energetic vocalists, it really propels the song.

  13. Roger Igland
    October 1, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    This is the best version of this song ever recorded .
    Springsteen doing a fine job here,but the big singer here is John Fogerty !!

  14. cleawalford
    May 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for the post and I am a bigbigbig fan of John Fogerty.

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