Since You Been Gone

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"Since You Been Gone"
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Single by Rainbow
from the album Down to Earth
A-side "Since You Been Gone"
B-side "Bad Girl"
Released31 August 1979 [1]
Genre Hard rock
Length3:17
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Russ Ballard
Producer(s) Roger Glover
Rainbow singles chronology
"LA Connection"
(1978)
"Since You Been Gone"
(1979)
"All Night Long"
(1980)

"Since You Been Gone" is a song written by former Argent guitarist Russ Ballard and first released on his 1976 album Winning. It was popularized in a version by Rainbow in 1979, which reached number 6 in the UK and number 57 in the US.

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Cover versions

Prior to Rainbow, the Illinois rock band Head East recorded and released a cover version of the song on their 1978 eponymous album, reaching No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. Head East's version of this song was their highest charting single.

A year later, Rainbow recorded the song and released it as the first single from their 1979 album Down to Earth with Graham Bonnet on lead vocals. It was a top 10 hit single in the United Kingdom and was named the 82nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time by VH1. [2] Rainbow's version was used in a 2009 T-Mobile advertisement filmed at Liverpool Street station in London [ citation needed ] and in the 2018 Netflix documentary Three Identical Strangers .

Other cover versions include those by South African all-female band Clout on their 1978 album Substitute, a.k.a. Clout, and by former Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie as a duet with her sister Marie Currie on the 1980 album Messin' with the Boys . Their version reached No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100. [3]

Alcatrazz, also fronted by Graham Bonnet, covered the song on the album Live Sentence with Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar, and yet another Bonnet-fronted outfit, Impellitteri, recorded it for their 1988 debut album Stand in Line .

Brian May of Queen performed the song live on the Back to the Light tour in 1993, and it appears on the Live at the Brixton Academy multi-format release.

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  2. "Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". 12 February 2009. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009.
  3. "Album Search for "messin with the boys"". AllMusic . Retrieved 2016-10-11.