But You Know I Love You

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"But You Know I Love You"
Single by The First Edition
from the album The First Edition '69
B-side Homemade Lies
Released 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre Country
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Mike Settle
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
The First Edition singles chronology
"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"
(1968)
"But You Know I Love You"
(1968)
"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town"
(1969)

"But You Know I Love You" is a song written by Mike Settle, which was a 1969 pop hit for The First Edition, a group that included Settle and Kenny Rogers. Evie Sands recorded the song for her 1970 album Any Way That You Want Me. The song also became a major country hit by Bill Anderson in 1969; in 1981 a cover of the song by Dolly Parton topped the country singles charts.

The First Edition version[edit]

In the song, the narrator voices regret over not being able to remain with his/her significant other, due to career demands and the need to travel for his/her job. (Rogers reprised the theme a little over ten years later, with a better resolution, in his much slower "She Believes in Me", on United Artists, not on Reprise, Records.) At the time Settle was guitarist for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, with Rogers singing lead and Settle harmonizing. The fall 1968 release, with a brass-tinged country-folk sound to broaden the group's fan base, peaked at #19 on the Hot 100 just under a year after "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" peaked. In the group's rendition on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour that aired on 8 December 1968, the audience was unwittingly fooled to start clapping too soon, right after the false ending but way before the real ending.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 19
Canadian RPM Top Singles 11
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 9

Bill Anderson version[edit]

Anderson's version rose to No. 2 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in 1969.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 6


Dolly Parton version[edit]

"But You Know I Love You"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs
B-side "Poor Folks' Town"
Released April 1981
Recorded 1980
Genre Country
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Mike Settle
Producer(s) Mike Post
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"9 to 5"
(1981)
"But You Know I Love You"
(1981)
"The House of the Rising Sun"
(1981)

Dolly Parton (who, in 1983, would have the #1 duet "Islands In The Stream" with Rogers), recorded "But You Know I Love You" in 1980, including it on her album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs. In April 1981, Parton released the song as the album's second single, following the success of "9 to 5," and it reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Singles chart on 20 June 1981, succeeding Rogers' accompanying Dottie West on "What Are We Doin' in Love" at the top slot.[1] Parton's version also crossed over, charting in the Billboard Hot 100, narrowly missing the Top 40, peaking at number 41, and No. 14 on the AC chart.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 41
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 14
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 262. 
Preceded by
"What Are We Doin' in Love"
by Dottie West and Kenny Rogers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

June 20, 1981
Succeeded by
"Blessed Are the Believers"
by Anne Murray

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