When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman

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"When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman"
Single by Dr. Hook
from the album Pleasure and Pain
B-side "Knowing She's There"
Released 1979
Genre Rock
Length 5:12
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Even Stevens
Producer(s) Ron Haffkine

"When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" was a popular single by Dr. Hook. It was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Alabama.[1][2]

Written by Even Stevens, When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman first appeared on the band's 1978 album Pleasure and Pain. Riding the disco wave in 1979 it belatedly became an international hit, reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100[3] singles chart in the USA and doing even better in the UK where it spent three weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart in November 1979.[4]The song was subsequently added to the band's 1979 album Sometimes You Win. It features background vocals by three female singers.

The song also featured throughout the 2005 Rockstar game The Warriors.

The song was covered by country music artist Conway Twitty in 1990 on his album Crazy In Love.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 20
Austrian Top 40 14
Belgian VRT Top 30 2
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 7
Canadian RPM Country Singles 22
Canadian RPM Top Singles 4
Dutch Top 40 2
Euro Hit 50 7
German Media Control Chart 8
Irish Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
Spanish Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 1[5]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 68

Year-end chart[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 23
Dutch Top 40 14
German Media Control Charts 28
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 13
U.K. Singles Chart 3[5]
Belgian VRT Top 30 24


  1. ^ "Dr. Hook". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show Biography". Sing365.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  3. ^ "The Hot 100 : July 28, 1979 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 1979-07-28. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 374. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ a b "Top 100 1979 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
Preceded by
"One Day at a Time" by Lena Martell
UK Singles Chart number-one single
November 17, 1979 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walking on the Moon" by The Police