I Love You Because (song)

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"I Love You Because"
Single by Leon Payne
B-side "A Link In The Chain Of Broken Hearts"
Released 1949 (1949)
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Leon Payne
Leon Payne singles chronology
"Baby Boy"
"I Love You Because"
"My Daddy"

"I Love You Because" is a 1949 song written and originally recorded by Leon Payne. The single went to number four on the Billboard Country & Western Best Seller lists and spent two weeks at number one on the Country & Western Disk Jockey List, spending a total of thirty-two weeks on the chart.[1] "I Love You Because" was Payne's only song to make the country charts.

Cover versions[edit]

"I Love You Because"
Single by Al Martino
from the album I Love You Because
Released 1963 (1963)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Leon Payne

"I Love You Because" has been covered by several artists throughout the years. In 1950, Ernest Tubb and Clyde Moody each recorded their own version, both making the Top 10 on the Country & Western charts. A version by Johnny Cash reached number 20 in 1960 and Carl Smith's version reached number 14 in 1969. In 1963, Al Martino recorded the most successful version of the song peaking at number three on the Hot 100 and number one on the Middle-Road (or Easy Listening) chart for two weeks in May that year.[2]

In 1964, Jim Reeves took the song to number five in the UK. In 1976, the song was the title track of a posthumous Jim Reeves album, which peaked at number 24 on the US Country chart. The single version reached number 54 in the US that year.

In 1983, Roger Whittaker got the song "into the lower reaches of the country chart." [3]

Other artists to record the song include Elvis Presley, Hank Locklin, Matt Monro, Slim Whitman, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Jean Shepard and Ray Price.

Chart performance[edit]

Jim Reeves[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
Norway Singles Chart 1

Singles Chart

UK Singles Chart 5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 265. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 159. 
  3. ^ Roger Whittaker-Biography http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/whittaker_roger/bio.jhtml

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