In 1972, Bread took "Everything I Own" into the U.S. Top Five and the British Top 40. Penned by the group's singer/guitarist David Gates, it was typical of the emotive soft pop currently flooding the market. But it wasn't the original version that introduced Ken Boothe to the song, but a cover by Andy Williams.
In 1973, the singer was in the studio with producer Lloyd Charmers, recording his new album. He had nine songs to hand, and needed one more, which was when memories of "Everything" came flooding back.
Charmers created the perfect hybrid arrangement for the piece, from the solid guitar riff, lightly syncopated drum beats, and throb of a bass line holding up the Jamaican end, to the pretty, tinkly keyboard line floating overhead that was an enticement for the British pop crowds.
Boothe's delivery was sublime, his warm vocals wrapping themselves around the lyrics' melancholy. It's a strong performance, subtlety backed by Charmers himself. Everyone involved was convinced that the single would be a chart-topper, and they were right. In November 1974, after firing up Jamaican dancefloors for nearly a year, the song soared up the British chart before finally hitting number one. In the years since, the song has been covered by innumerable other artists, including Boy George.