I Just Fall in Love Again

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"I Just Fall in Love Again"
Song by The Carpenters from the album Passage
Released September 23, 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 4:05
Label A&M
Composer Steve Dorff; Larry Herbstritt; Gloria Sklerov; Harry Lloyd
Producer Richard and Karen Carpenter
Cover versions
The Carpenters
Dusty Springfield though not released as a single
Anne Murray
Passage track listing
All You Get from Love Is a Love Song
(2)
"I Just Fall in Love Again"
(3)
Don't Cry for Me, Argentina
(4)
"I Just Fall in Love Again"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album New Kind of Feeling
B-side "Just to Feel This Love from You"
Released January 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Country, pop
Length 2:47
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Steve Dorff, Larry Herbstritt, Gloria Sklerov, Harry Lloyd
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Anne Murray singles chronology
"You Needed Me"
(1978)
"I Just Fall in Love Again"
(1979)
"Shadows in the Moonlight"
(1979)

"I Just Fall in Love Again" is a song written by Larry Herbstritt, with co-writers Steve Dorff, Harry Lloyd, and Gloria Sklerov. Herbstritt had composed the melody and chords for the chorus and a chord progression for the verse, which he took to his friend Steve Dorff. Harry Lloyd and Gloria Sklerov completed the lyrics. The song was originally recorded by The Carpenters and later covered by Dusty Springfield, whose version inspired Anne Murray to record her own cover.

The Carpenters' version[edit]

The Carpenters' version was included on the duo's 1977 album Passage. On the Carpenters' official web site, Richard Carpenter notes that he felt the song was perfect for his sister Karen's voice and felt their version had hit-single potential. However, A&M Records decided not to release it because it was considered too long for Top 40 radio stations to play at the time (just over 4 minutes) and could not be abridged.[1]

In 2004, Richard Carpenter added a remixed "I Just Fall in Love Again" to the Carpenters' 2-disc compilation, Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition.

Personnel[edit]

Dusty Springfield's version[edit]

Recorded in summer 1978 and released in early 1979 on Springfield's Living Without Your Love album the same week her record label, United Artists Records, was sold, the track was subsequently never released as a single and went largely unnoticed by the listening public due to lack of promotion for the album.

Anne Murray's version[edit]

When Canadian singer Anne Murray heard "I Just Fall in Love Again" in 1979 as recorded by Dusty Springfield, her favorite singer, she was inspired to record her own version of the song, releasing it later that same year on her 1979 album New Kind of Feeling. Murray released her version as a single, and it topped Billboard magazine's Country,[2] and Adult Contemporary charts for three weeks, while reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.[3] It was the first of a string of three straight #1 country hits and four straight #1 AC hits Murray enjoyed from 1979 to 1980. Though Murray loves the song, she is quoted in The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits as saying she was surprised at its success on the country charts, as she didn't feel the song sounded very "country." Nevertheless, Billboard ranked it as the number one country hit of 1979. Anne included the song as a posthumous duet with Dusty Springfield on her own 2008 album Duets: Friends & Legends.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.K. Singles Chart 58

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
February 10, 1979 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Crazy Love" by Poco
Preceded by
"Golden Tears"
by Dave & Sugar
Billboard Hot Country Singles number one single
March 24 – April 7, 1979
by Anne Murray
Succeeded by
"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right"
by Barbara Mandrell
Preceded by
"You Made My Day Tonight"
by Canadian Zephyr
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
March 31 – April 7, 1979
by Anne Murray
Succeeded by
"It's a Cheating Situation"
by Moe Bandy and Janie Fricke
Preceded by
"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year

1979
Succeeded by
"My Heart"
by Ronnie Milsap
Preceded by
"Tragedy"
by Bee Gees
Canadian Hot 100
number-one single

April 21, 1979
Succeeded by
"What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers

Award successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Hot Child in the City" by Nick Gilder
Juno Award for Single of the Year
1980
Succeeded by
"Echo Beach" by Martha and the Muffins
"Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carpenters •• I Just Fall In Love Again
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 242. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 176. 

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