Love Is Like a Butterfly (song)

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"Love Is Like a Butterfly"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Love Is Like a Butterfly
B-side "Sacred Memories"
Released August 31, 1974
Genre Country
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Dolly Parton
Producer(s) Bob Ferguson
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"I Will Always Love You"
(1974)
"Love Is Like a Butterfly"
(1974)
"The Bargain Store"
(1975)

"Love Is Like a Butterfly" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Dolly Parton. It was released in August 1974 as the first single and title track from the album Love Is Like a Butterfly. "Love Is Like a Butterfly" would become her fourth number one on the country chart as a solo artist. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.[1]

Parton used the song as the opening theme for her 1976–77 TV variety show Dolly!. She also uses a butterfly as the "W" in the trade dress for her Dollywood theme park.

A version of this song, sung by Clare Torry, was also used as the theme to BBC TV comedy series Butterflies.[2]

On November 27, 2012, Parton sang the song in a duet with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 38
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 261. 
  2. ^ "Clare Torry: Heaven in the Sky". RPM Records. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Colbert Report: Dolly Parton "Love is Like a Butterfly"". Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
Preceded by
"I Overlooked an Orchid"
by Mickey Gilley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

November 9, 1974
Succeeded by
"Country Is"
by Tom T. Hall