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 a rhythm and blues single written by and released by American singer Ray Charles in 1956 on the Atlantic label. It would later appear on Ray Charles' self-titled first LP for Atlantic Records in 1957.

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 a song based on a gospel hymn with lyrics changed around to fit a secular blues format.

These songs predated the groundbreaking success Charles had near the end of the fifties with "What'd I Say" but they helped contribute to Charles' huge success with the R&B community at the time.

"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] Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, Humble Pie and later, Hugh Laurie and, finally TomTom would successfully cover 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 on Liberty Records single 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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