Hallelujah I Love Her So

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For the album by Ray Charles, see Ray Charles (album).
"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Ray Charles (or, Hallelujah I Love Her So)
A-side "Hallelujah I Love Her So"
B-side "What Would I Do Without You"
Released 1956
Format 7" 45rpm
Recorded 1956
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:35
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Ray Charles
Producer(s) Jerry Wexler
Ray Charles singles chronology
"A Fool for You"
(1955)
"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
(1956)
"Mary Ann"
(1956)


"Hallelujah I Love Her So" is the debut single from American musician Ray Charles. The rhythm and blues song was written and released by Charles in 1956 on the Atlantic label, and in 1957 it was included on his self-titled debut LP, also released on Atlantic. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard R&B chart and much like "I Got a Woman" and "This Little Girl of Mine", it was based on a gospel hymn with lyrics altered to fit a secular blues format. These songs predated the groundbreaking success Charles enjoyed near the end of the 1950s with "What'd I Say", but they significantly contributed to his increasing popularity within the R&B community.

"Hallelujah I Love Her So" is a testament to the joyous release of love, featuring a sophisticated horn arrangement and memorable tenor sax solo by Don Wilkerson. Stevie Wonder,[1] Several artists, including: Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, and Humble Pie have successfully covered the song.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Eddie Cochran version[edit]

"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
Single by Eddie Cochran
from the album The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
B-side "Little Angel"
Released November 1959
Format 7" 45rpm
Recorded August 31, 1959
Genre Rock and roll
Label Liberty F-55217
Writer(s) Ray Charles
Producer(s) Eddie Cochran
Eddie Cochran singles chronology
"Somethin' Else"
(1959)
"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
(1959)
"Three Steps to Heaven"
(1960)

"Hallelujah, I Love Her So" is an adaption of the Ray Charles song by Eddie Cochran. It was released as a single on Liberty Records in November 1959.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 22

George Jones and Brenda Lee version[edit]

George Jones covered the song on his 1984 album Ladies' Choice as a duet with Brenda Lee titled "Hallelujah, I Love You So". It was released as a single in 1984 and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1985.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984–1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[3] 15
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 13

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Stevie Wonder". Youtube.com. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Ray Charles website". Raycharles.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 

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