I Knew You When

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"I Knew You When"
Single by Billy Joe Royal
from the album Down in the Boondocks
A-side "Steal Away"
Released 1965
Genre Rock
Length 2:32
Label Columbia 43390
Writer(s) Joe South
Billy Joe Royal singles chronology
"Down in the Boondocks"
"I Knew You When"
"I've Got to Be Somebody"

"I Knew You When" is a song written by Joe South and was recorded by Billy Joe Royal for his 1965 album, Down in the Boondocks. The song reached #14 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.[1] The song went to #1 on the Canadian music chart in November 1965.[2]

Joe South would later record his version of the song for his 1969 album, Games People Play.

Donny Osmond released a version in 1972 as the B-side of "Hey Girl" that went to #9 on the Hot 100 as a double-sided hit.[3]

Linda Ronstadt recorded a version on her 1982 album, Get Closer[4] It reached #37 on the U.S. chart when released as the album's second single. It also reached #29 on the adult contemporary chart, #84 on the country chart, and #90 in the U.K.[5]


  1. ^ Billy Joe Royal Charting Singles Retrieved September 21, 2012
  2. ^ Top Singles - Volume 4, No. 11, November 08 1965 Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Donny Osmond Charting Singles Retrieved September 21, 2012
  4. ^ Linda Ronstadt, Get Closer Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Linda Ronstadt, "I Knew You When" Chart Positions Retrieved September 13, 2013