(I Don't Know Why) But I Do

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"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do"
ButIDoClarenceHenry.gif
Single by Clarence "Frogman" Henry
from the album You Always Hurt the One You Love
ReleasedFebruary 1961
Format7" single
GenreR&B, Swamp pop, Country
LabelArgo
Songwriter(s)Paul Gayten/Robert Guidry
Clarence "Frogman" Henry singles chronology
"On Bended Knee"
(1961)
"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do"
(1961)
"You Always Hurt the One You Love"
(1961)
Music video
"I Don't Know Why I Love You But I Do" (live) on YouTube

"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" is an R&B song written by Paul Gayten and Bobby Charles (as Robert Guidry), and performed by Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

Original version[edit]

It was Henry's biggest U.S. hit, reaching #4 in early 1961. The B-side on the single release was "Just My Baby and Me".

The U.S. release on the Argo record label was titled "I Don't Know Why". The U.K. release on the Pye label and the Australian release on the Coronet label were both titled "But I Do". The U.K. version spent 19 weeks in the charts and peaked at #3 in the first week of May 1961.[1]

The song was made popular again after its use in a 1993 UK television commercial for the Fiat Cinquecento,[2] and appearances in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, and the 1999 film Mickey Blue Eyes.

Chart history[edit]

Bobby Vinton cover[edit]

"But I Do"
But I Do - Bobby Vinton.jpg
Single by Bobby Vinton
ReleasedDecember 1972
Format7" single
GenrePop, Easy Listening
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Paul Gayten/Robert Guidry
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"Sealed With a Kiss"
(1972)
"But I Do"
(1972)
"Hurt"
(1973)

Bobby Vinton covered "But I Do" in 1972. His version reached #82 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #71 Cash Box in early 1973.[7] It also reached #27 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[8]

The song also charted in Canada on both the Pop chart (#72) and Adult Contemporary (#23) chart, where it made its best showing.[9][10]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1972-73) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[11] 72
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[10] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 82
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[8] 27
US Cash Box Top 100[7] 71

Other covers[edit]

The Dutch duo Lion had a local success with a cover of "But I Do" with "You've Got a "Woman" as the B-side in 1975.

Refe[edit]

  • "Billboard". Billboard Hot 100 airplay and sales charts. Retrieved June 11, 2006.
  1. ^ a b Rice T, Rice J, Read M & Gambaccini P, Guinness Book of Hits of the 60s. Guinness, London, 1984, p.75 (ISBN 0-85112-416-X)
  2. ^ "Clarence "Frogman" Henry - (I Don't Know Why) But I Do". Discogs. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 4/22/61". tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Sixties City - Pop Music Charts - Every Week Of The Sixties". www.sixtiescity.net. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1961/Top 100 Songs of 1961". www.musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1961". tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Cash Box Top 100 2/10/73". tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 248.
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1973-03-13. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  10. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1973-03-03. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1973-03-13. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X