Ken Boothe

Everything I Own

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Everything I Own : The Best of Ken Boothe 1974 Sanctuary 3:49
20 Reggae Blockbusters 1988
Various Artists
Trojan 3:24
20 Reggae Classics, Vol. 3 1988
Various Artists
Trojan 3:45
Best of & The Rest of Greatest Original Reggae Hit 1989
Various Artists
3:48
Reggae Classics [DCC] 1990
Various Artists
JA Music (Jamaican Authentic Clas.) 3:45
18 Classic Songs 1991 Trojan
Romantic Reggae: Lovesongs 1992
Various Artists
Celebration: 25 Years of Trojan Records 1992
Various Artists
Trojan 3:23
The Story of Jamaican Music: Tougher Than Tough 1993
Various Artists
Mango 3:44
Ultimate Reggae Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 0:00
Soft Reggae [Alex] 1995
Various Artists
3:14
History of Trojan Records, Vol. 2: 1972-1995 1996
Various Artists
Sanctuary 3:48
Trojan Jungle 1996
Various Artists
Trojan 9:19
Trojan Singles Collection 1996
Various Artists
Trojan 3:24
Reggae Archive [Rialto] 1996
Various Artists
Rialto 3:21
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
Moonlight in Jamaica: A Collection of Lovers Rock Classics 1998
Various Artists
Recall (UK)
Essential Hits Collection 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:17
Love Power: 20 Smash Hits Songs of 70's 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:17
This Is Reggae [Music Club] 1998
Various Artists
Music Club Records 3:17
Dred Love: Classic Reggae Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 / Varèse Sarabande 3:23
Reggae Groove 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:16
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 3:22
Reggae Love Songs [Prism] 2000
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment / Prism Platinum 3:34
Reggae Chartbusters [Metro] 2000
Various Artists
Metro 3:18
Reggae in Love 2001
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:33
Singers Lounge 2001
Various Artists
VP Records 3:37
We Be Jammin' [BCI] 2001
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:36
Crying Over You: Anthology 1963-1978 2001 Trojan / Sanctuary 3:47
The Reggae Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:44
Sounds of the Seventies [Castle] 2002
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:47
Trojan Box Set: U.K. Hits 2002
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 3:46
O Reggae, Where Art Thou? 2002
Various Artists
Morada Music 3:51
Reggae Love Collection [Trojan] 2003
Various Artists
Trojan 3:11
More Dynamite Reggae 2003
Various Artists
Deca Dance (UK) 3:33
Trojan Story [UK Import] 2003
Various Artists
Metro 3:47
Trojan Originals 2003
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 3:45
Muzik City: The Story of Trojan 2003
Various Artists
Trojan 3:46
One Love [Disky] 2003
Various Artists
Disky 3:33
Simply the Best Reggae Album [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:46
Young, Gifted and Black 2003
Various Artists
Trojan 3:47
One Love: Reggae Love Songs, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Disky 3:33
Trojan Seventies 2004
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 3:45
The Very Best of Reggae [Nascente] 2004
Various Artists
Nascente 3:18
This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975 2004
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 3:45
The 70's Album [Castle Pulse] 2005
Various Artists
Castle Pulse 3:47
70's Love: 20 Original Classics 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:19
Reggae Greats: 24 Original Classics 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:18
The Pick of the 70's 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:17
Blunted in the Backroom 2005 Antidote 0:17
20th Century Masters: Best of Reggae, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:47
Solitudes: Wonderful World, Beautiful People 2006 Solitudes 3:48
Reggae Masters, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
Immergent 3:46
100 Hits: Reggae 2006
Various Artists
DMG 100 3:18
100 Por Ciento Puro Reggae 2007
Various Artists
Contrasena 3:55
Everything I Own: Definitive Collection 2007 Trojan 3:45
100 Huge Hits of Reggae 2007
Various Artists
Sanctuary 3:44
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Love 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:46
Reggae Reggae: 60 Classic Reggae Hits 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:46
Reggae Chartbusters, Vol. 5 2009
Various Artists
Sanctuary / Trojan / Universal 3:46
Songs for Reggae Lovers, Vol. 4 2011
Various Artists
Greensleeves Records / VP Records 3:48
Classic Reggae: The Soundtrack to Jamaica 2011
Various Artists
Trojan 3:47
Sound System: The Story of Jamaican Music 2012
Various Artists
Universal Island Records 3:47
Out of Many: 50 Years of Reggae Music 2012
Various Artists
VP Records 3:45
No Image
Various Artists
Disky
No Image
Various Artists
Arcade Music
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Various Artists
Trojan 3:45
The Ultimate Collection: Number 1s
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:45
Total Reggae: Summer Vibes
Various Artists
VP Records 3:44