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
Released 1974
Genre Country
Label RCA Nashville
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 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