In 1975, Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, [AL]] for his album Atlantic Crossing. This became successful when it was released as a single. In the United States, it became a top fifty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. In the United Kingdom, it topped the UK Singles Chart as a double A-side with "The First Cut Is the Deepest" in 1977. It has since been claimed that this was rigged, and that the actual best-selling single had been the controversial God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols.
In 1988, Everything but the Girl released their remake as a single. This version also met with great success in the UK, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. It was their first British top ten hit and would remain their only until 1995, when the remix of "Missing" also peaked at number three.
In 1990, Rod Stewart recorded a new version of "I Don't Want to Talk About It." This version received extensive airplay on adult contemporary radio stations in the United States. It would go on to chart at number two on Billboard's adult contemporary chart.
Rod Stewart sang this song as a duet with Amy Belle during his 2004 tour and is included in his concert DVD.
Other notable artists who have recorded versions of this song, include Rita Coolidge, Billie Jo Spears, Ian Matthews, D'ZRT, Nils Lofgren, Dina Carroll, David Sneddon winner of the BBC's Fame Academy, Geoff Muldaur, Llama Farmers, Alex Parks, Indigo Girls on the Philadelphia soundtrack, and Taiwanese artist A-Mei (Chang Hui-Mei).
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