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 No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.[1] The song went to No. 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 1971 as the B-side of "Hey Girl" that went to No. 9 on the Hot 100 as a double-sided hit.[3]

Linda Ronstadt recorded a version for her 1982 album, Get Closer.[4] It reached No. 37 on the Hot 100 chart as the album's second single. It also reached No. 29 on the adult contemporary chart, No. 84 on the country chart, and No. 90 in the UK.[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