Don't Know Why

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For the song by SoundGirl, see Don't Know Why (SoundGirl song).
"Don't Know Why"
Single by Norah Jones
from the album Come Away with Me
Released July 2002
Format CD
Recorded 2001
Sorcerer Sound
(New York City)
Allaire Studios
(Shokan, New York)[1]
Genre Jazz, pop, folk
Length 3:09
Label Blue Note
Writer(s) Jesse Harris
Producer(s) Norah Jones, Arif Mardin, Jay Newland
Norah Jones singles chronology
"Don't Know Why"
(2002)
"Feelin' the Same Way"
(2003)

"Come Away with Me"
(2003)

"Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
(2003)

"Turn Me On"
(2004)
Alternative cover
Cover art for "Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
Norah Jones's "Don't Know Why" from First Sessions and Come Away with Me

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"Don't Know Why" is a song written by Jesse Harris which originally appeared on his 1999 album, Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos. It was the second single by Norah Jones from her breakthrough 2002 album Come Away with Me. Although Jones's version only peaked at number thirty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it was a critical success for her that helped establish her as a respected new artist, and subsequently her album sold extremely well. The single went on to win three Grammy Awards in 2003 for "Record of the Year", "Song of the Year", and "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". It remains Jones's biggest hit single in the USA to date, and her only one to reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The single was also a hit internationally and reached Top 10 in several countries. The song charted at 459 in Blender magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.[2]

A music video directed by Anastasia Simone & Ian Spencer was released in 2002.

Covers[edit]

  • Aya Matsuura covered the song for her album Naked Songs.
  • Ken Hirai: Japanese R&B singer performed the song on his album of covers entitled Ken's Bar.
  • JUJU: Japanese jazz/soul/R&B singer included the cover on her single "Donna ni tokutemo" as a B-side.
  • Vania Borges covered the song on the compilation album Rhythms del Mundo.
  • Aliya Parcs covered the song on the compilation album Jam and Jive.
  • It was featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution as a cover.
  • The sketch comedy show MADtv parodied the song in a commercial for the fictitious album Monotonous. The joke of the sketch is that the song sets the mood for wild parties despite its slow pace.
  • Jazz fusion/contemporary jazz pianist David Benoit covered the song from his 2003 album "Right Here, Right Now."[3][4]
  • Kenny G. also covered his version together with American Jazz Pianist David Benoit from Kenny G's album At Last, The Duets Album in 2004.
  • Saxophonist Jimmy Sommers covered the song from his 2007 release "Time Stands Still."[5][6]
  • Asaro and Wolcott covered the song on their 2010 EP Goodbye Note
  • Martin Taylor included this song on his album The Valley, and in a number of concerts including his performance at The Stables on the day John Dankworth died
  • George Benson included this song on his 2011 Guitar Man album.
  • Go West included this song during their joint tour with Tony Hadley in 2004.

Charts[edit]

"Don't Know Why"[edit]

Chart (2002–03) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[7] 5
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 56
Dutch Singles Chart[8] 86
French Singles Chart[8] 74
German Singles Chart[7] 82
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 24
US Billboard Hot 100 30
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 8
US Billboard Pop Songs 32

"Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[9] 67

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 97

Other appearances[edit]

  • WYEP Live and Direct: Volume 4 - On Air Performances (2002)

References[edit]

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