I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before)

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"I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before)"
Single by Earl Thomas Conley
from the album Somewhere Between Right and Wrong
B-side "Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home" (1975)
"Bottled Up Blues" (1983)
Released July 1975
January 10, 1983
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 2:36
Label GRT (1975)
RCA (1983)
Writer(s) Earl Thomas Conley
Producer(s) Nelson Larkin, Earl Thomas Conley
Earl Thomas Conley singles chronology
"Somewhere Between Right and Wrong"
(1982)
"I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before"
(1983)
"Your Love's on the Line"
(1983)

"I Have Loved You Girl (But Not Like This Before)" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Earl Thomas Conley. He first released the song in 1975 on the GRT label as Earl Conley, reaching number 87 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

In 1983, Conley re-recorded the song for his 1983 album Somewhere Between Right and Wrong. The re-recording went to number two on the same chart that year.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Kip Kirby of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it one of the brightest songs on the album. He went on to say that Conley combines "an excellent melody, expressive vocals and sensitive lyrics for a fresh way of presenting a love song." He states that the "lean guitar/piano rhythms leave proper space for Conley's singing."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 87
Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 102–103. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Billboard, January 8, 1983