Love Me for a Reason

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"Love Me for a Reason"
Single by The Osmonds
from the album Love Me for a Reason
B-side "Fever"
Released August 15, 1974
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Length 4:02
Label MGM
Writer(s) Wade Brown, David Jones Jr and Johnny Bristol
Producer(s) Mike Curb

"Love Me for a Reason" is a song by The Osmonds, and released in 1974. Twenty years later, Boyzone covered the song. Both versions were successful, reaching the top ten of the charts in many countries.

Original song and covers[edit]

The original version by Johnny Bristol from his 1974 album Hang On In There Baby was released as a single on MGM in 1974 but "Love Me for a Reason" quickly became associated with another MGM act The Osmonds' being their last top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, reaching #10; it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In the UK Singles Chart it fared even better, spending three weeks at the top in August 1974.[1] There was a lovers rock version of the song issued on Trojan records in 1976 credited to the Fabulous Five Inc (aka Fab Five Inc) that scored well in Jamaica and the United Kingdom.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Love Me for a Reason" — 4:02
  2. "Fever" — 3:15

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"When Will I See You Again" by The Three Degrees
UK number one single
August 31, 1974 - September 14, 1974 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas and Biddu

Boyzone version[edit]

"Love Me for a Reason"
Single by Boyzone
from the album Said and Done
B-side Daydream Believer
Released 28 November 1994
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop
Length 3:39
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Wade Brown, David Jones Jr., Johnny Bristol
Producer(s) Ray Hedges
Boyzone singles chronology
"Working My Way Back to You"
(1994)
"Love Me for a Reason"
(1994)
"Key to My Life"
(1995)

The song was revived by Boyzone in 1994, becoming their breakthrough single in the UK, reaching #2 on the UK singles chart in December that year. It was the 20th biggest selling boyband single of the 90's in the UK. The song was the 19th best selling single of 1994 in the UK. The song has received a Gold sales status certification for sales of over 400,000 copies in the UK.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD1 (Jewel Case)[8]
  1. "Love Me for a Reason" — 3:41
  2. "Daydream Believer" — 3:06
UK CD2 (Limited Edition Digipak w/Poster)[9]
  1. "Love Me for a Reason" — 3:41
  2. "Daydream Believer" — 3:06
Japanese CD single[10]
  1. "Love Me for a Reason" — 3:39
  2. "Daydream Believer" — 3:07
  3. "Working My Way Back to You" (Original) — 3:41
  4. "Father and Son" (Original Demo) — 2:40

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Saturday Night" by Whigfield
Irish IRMA number-one single
October 21, 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Always" by Bon Jovi

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ According to Chart Archive, The Boyzone version entered the UK Singles Chart on 10 December 1994 at position 10, reaching position 3 in the Christmas charts December 24 and its highest position 2 on January 7, 1995,[12] although a BBC article dated 2008 says erroneously that it was the Christmas number two in 1994.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 304. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b "The Osmonds - Love Me For A Reason". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  3. ^ "The Osmonds singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved August 25, 2008)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartarchive.org(Link redirected to OCC website) (Retrieved August 1, 2008)
  6. ^ a b Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved August 25, 2008)
  7. ^ "British single certifications – Osmonds – Love Me for a Reason". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Love Me for a Reason in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  8. ^ "Boyzone Love Me For A Reason UK CD single (CD5 / 5") (44097)". Eil.com. 2005-10-28. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Boyzone Love Me For A Reason UK CD single (CD5 / 5") (43410)". Eil.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  10. ^ "Boyzone Love Me For A Reason Japan Promo CD single (CD5 / 5") (164385)". Eil.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  11. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 17, 2008)
  12. ^ a b UK Singles Chart Chartarchive.org(Link redirected to OCC website) (Retrieved August 16, 2012)
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Love Me for a Reason", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 17, 2008)
  14. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1995" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  15. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.ca. 1995-01-21. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  16. ^ "Boyzone singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  17. ^ Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)
  18. ^ 1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved August 25, 2008)
  19. ^ 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved August 25, 2008)
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Boyzone – Love Me for a Reason". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Love Me for a Reason in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. ^ Allen, Liam (October 7, 2008). "Boyzone talk about comeback tour". BBC. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 

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