Since You Been Gone – Head East | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#46); 1978

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

As the follow-up to Never Been Any Reason, Head East released another Somerville-penned track from Flat As A Pancake: Love Me Tonight. It reached #54 on the Hot 100. Despite the band’s large and loyal concert fan base, neither its second or third LP showed much strength in the marketplace, nor did any singles make the pop list. Head East’s self-titled fourth album fared better. It debuted in the Spring of 1978, and spun off Since You Been Gone as a single. Written by former Argent guitarist Russ Ballard – who’d also composed Redbone’s 1974 #5 smash Come And Get Your Love Since You Been Gone turned in Head East’s strongest chart performance to date. Unfortunately, it marked the end of the group’s singles chart run. The group disbanded in 1980. Schlitt later resurfaced as the lead singer for award-winning Christian rockers Petra. Interestingly, a year-and-a-half after Head East’s version of Since You Been Gone, Rainbow took its to #57.

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Produced by:

  • Jeffrey Lesser

Lyrics Written by:

  • Russ Ballard