(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

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"(I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons"
Music by Best
Lyrics by Watson
Published 1945
Written 1945
Language English
Original artist Deek Watson & His Brown Dots
Recorded by Nat King Cole, Eddy Howard, Dinah Shore, Charlie Spivak

"(I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons" is a popular song written by Ivory "Deek" Watson & William "Pat" Best, the latter being a founding member of The Four Tunes. The credits and the publishing (Leeds Publishing Co.) correctly list Deek Watson, former founding member of The Ink Spots, as a co-writer. Oddly, Best later stated that Watson had nothing to do with the creation of the song. But Watson maintains, in his late 60's autobiography that he and Best wrote the song together, lyrics and music respectively.

Best was a member of Watson's group, The Brown Dots (the song originally was released by Watson's quartet with Joe King as lead vocalist). The song was published in 1945.

Hit versions[edit]

  • The recording by Eddy Howard was released by Majestic Records as catalog number 7204. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on January 10, 1947, and lasted five weeks on the chart, peaking at number six.[1]
  • The recording by Dinah Shore was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 37188. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on January 10, 1947, and lasted four weeks on the chart, peaking at number six.[1]
  • The recording by Charlie Spivak was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1981. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on January 10, 1947, and lasted 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at number seven.[1]

List of notable recorded versions[edit]

"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"
Single by James Brown
from the album Hot
B-side "Goodnight My Love"
Released 1976 (1976)
Format 7"
Genre Disco
Length 3:51
Label Polydor
14304
Writer(s)
  • William Best
  • Deek Watson
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)"
(1975)
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"
(1976)
"Get Up Offa That Thing"
(1976)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  2. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.

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