I've Done Everything for You

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"I've Done Everything for You"
Sammy Hagar - I've Done Everything For You single cover (UK).jpg
UK 7" single cover
Single by Sammy Hagar
from the album All Night Long
B-side"Someone Out There"
RecordedMay 26, 1978
VenueSanta Cruz Civic Auditorium
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Sammy Hagar
Producer(s)John Carter, Sammy Hagar

"I've Done Everything for You" is a rock song which became a 1981 Top 10 hit in the US for Rick Springfield. It was written by Sammy Hagar. In addition to recorded versions by Hagar and Springfield, the song has been performed and recorded by numerous bands, including Buckcherry.[1]

Sammy Hagar version[]

"I've Done Everything for You" was a staple of Sammy Hagar's live performances as early as 1977. A live version of the song (running time: 3:35) appeared on the 1978 live album All Night Long (Loud & Clear in the UK) and was released as a single (on Capitol P4596 b/w "Someone Out There") but did not chart. In 1979, a studio version was released as a B-side to the non-album single of "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" (a cover of the Otis Redding hit). This studio version was released on LP on the 1982 greatest hits album Rematch following the success of the Rick Springfield version, although Australian pressings of Hagar's 1980 album Danger Zone featured it as a bonus track closing side one.

Rick Springfield version[]

"I've Done Everything for You"
Rick Springfield - I've Done Everything For You single cover.jpg
Single by Rick Springfield
from the album Working Class Dog
B-side"Red Hot & Blue Love"
ReleasedAugust 1981
GenreRock, power pop
Songwriter(s)Sammy Hagar
Producer(s)Keith Olsen
Rick Springfield singles chronology
"Jessie's Girl"
"I've Done Everything for You"
"Love Is Alright Tonite"

In the early 1980s, Australian born singer Rick Springfield was signed to RCA Records and began work on what would become his international breakout album, Working Class Dog. Keith Olsen was asked to produce several tracks for the album and, after listening to Springfield's demos, he selected "Jessie's Girl". Olson also felt that Springfield should include a cover song on the album, which ended up being "I've Done Everything For You". During a 2018 interview with Eddie Trunk, Springfield stated that he was uncertain if Olsen had settled upon the song or if Neil Giraldo (guitarist and bassist for the album) had suggested it to Olsen.[2]

The song was released as a 1981 single, backed with "Red Hot & Blue Love", as the follow-up single to the Grammy award-winning and number one single "Jessie's Girl". It peaked a number eight in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] On the U.S. Cash Box Top 100, it peaked at number nine.[4] Cash Box ranked it as the 71st biggest hit of 1981.[5] The song was also a minor hit in Australia and Canada.[citation needed]

See also[]

  • Sammy Hagar discography: Solo singles
  • Rick Springfield discography: Singles


  1. ^ "BUCKCHERRY TO PRESS SINGLES CLUB CDS". bravewords.com. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  2. ^ Eddie Trunk (4 July 2018). "ET - SAMMY HAGAR // RICK SPRINGFIELD". podcastone.com (Podcast). Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  3. ^ Rick Springfield Hot 100 chart history at Billboard.com. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Top 100 1981-11-14". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1981". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 2016-07-19.

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