I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)

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"I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" is a popular song.

The music was written by Fred E. Ahlert, the lyrics by Roy Turk. The song was published in 1931. It had three periods of great popularity: in 1931, right after its publication; in 1946; and in 1961.[1] into 1962.

In 1931, the biggest-selling version was either by Russ Columbo[1] or by Wayne King;[2] both versions and recordings by Bennie Krueger's orchestra (with a vocal by Smith Ballew) and by Kate Smith all had significant popularity.[1]

In 1946, three versions, by Tommy Dorsey's orchestra (with a vocal by Stuart Foster), by Frank Sinatra, and by Skinnay Ennis, all contended for popularity.[1]

In 1961, a US hit recording was issued by Linda Scott. It reached a peak position #12 in 8 weeks on the Billboard chart;[3][4] in early 1962, Eden Kane reached the British Top 10 with his version.

The song has been recorded by many artists (ranging from country-blues legends like Moon Mullican and Jerry Lee Lewis, to swing legends Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin) and is now a standard.

Recorded versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Gardner, Edward Foote (2000). Popular Songs of the 20th Century: Chart Detail & Encyclopedia, 1900-1949. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-789-1. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1999). Joel Whitburn Presents a Century of Pop Music. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. ISBN 0-89820-135-7. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2000-11-01). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (7th Rev. edition ed.). New York: Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 978-0-8230-7690-1. 
  4. ^ a b Lonergan, David (2004-01-28). Hit Records 1950-1975. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-5129-0. 
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  6. ^ Romeo Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  7. ^ Musicraft Records in the 15000 to 15130 series
  8. ^ ARA Records in the 100 to 162 series
  9. ^ Cosmo Records listing
  10. ^ a b Capitol Records in the 1000 to 1499 series
  11. ^ a b Victor Records in the 22500 to 22999 series
  12. ^ King Records in the 4100 to 4997 series
  13. ^ Decca Records in the 29000 to 29499 series
  14. ^ Top Rank Records listing
  15. ^ Roulette Records listing
  16. ^ Majestic Records listing
  17. ^ Supertone Records in the 2500 to 2839 series
  18. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-1500 to 20-1999 series
  19. ^ Signature Records listing
  20. ^ a b Columbia Records in the 39000 to 39499 series
  21. ^ Columbia Records in the 40000 to 40499 series
  22. ^ Harmony Records in the 1000-H to 1428-H series
  23. ^ Decca Records in the 23500 to 23999 series
  24. ^ Clarion Records in various series
  25. ^ Brunswick Records in the 6000 to 6499 series
  26. ^ a b Mercury Records in the 3000 to 3072 series
  27. ^ a b Mercury Records in the 5000 to 5497 series
  28. ^ Specialty Records listing
  29. ^ a b Columbia Records in the 2500-D to 2999-D series
  30. ^ National Records listing
  31. ^ Capitol Records in the 100 to 499 series
  32. ^ a b Columbia Records in the 36500 to 36999 series
  33. ^ Hit Records in the 8001 to 8090 series
  34. ^ Mercury Records in the 70000 to 71696 series