|B-side "Someone Out There"|
Format 7" single
Genre Hard rock
|Released May 1978|
"I've Done Everything for You" is a 1978 song written and sung by American rock musician Sammy Hagar and covered by Australian singer Rick Springfield whose version became a Top 10 hit in the United States in 1981.
"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 and was released as a single (on Capitol P4596 b/w "Someone Out There") but did not chart. (That album was released in the UK in 1979 as Loud & Clear.) 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.
A cover version of the Hagar-penned song appeared on Rick Springfield's 1981 international breakout album Working Class Dog. It was released (on RCA PB 12166 b/w "Red Hot & Blue Love") as the follow-up single to the Grammy award-winning and #1 single "Jessie's Girl", peaking at #8 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. On the U.S. Cash Box Top 100, "I've Done Everything for You" peaked at number nine. Cash Box ranked it as the 71st biggest hit of 1981. The song was largely an American hit, but also reached the Top 40 in Australia (#31) and Canada (#40).