A Lover's Question

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"A Lover's Question"
Single by Clyde McPhatter
B-side "I Can't Stand Up Alone"
Released September 1958
Format 7" single
Genre Soul
Length 2:36
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Brook Benton
Jimmy T. Williams [1]
Clyde McPhatter singles chronology
"Lover Please"
"A Lover's Question"
"Lovey Dovey"

"A Lover's Question" is a 1958 pop/R&B hit for Clyde McPhatter. The single was written by Brook Benton and Jimmy T. Williams and was Clyde McPhatter's most successful pop and R&B release. The bass singer is Noah Hopkins. "A Lover's Question" made it to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was #1 for one week on the R&B chart.[2] Country singer Del Reeves took the song to #14 on the Hot Country Singles chart in 1970.

The best-known version of the song is in mono. However, a stereo version was released on the LP Atlantic History of Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 4, along with several other rare stereo versions of late 1950s Atlantic hits.

Jacky Ward version[edit]

"A Lover's Question"
Single by Jacky Ward
from the album A Lover's Question
B-side She Belongs To Me
Released 1978
Genre Country
Length 3:01
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Brook Benton
Jimmy T. Williams
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Jacky Ward singles chronology
"Fools Fall in Love"
"A Lover's Question"
"Three Sheets in the Wind"

In 1978, Jacky Ward, had a successful remake of the song, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 6
Canadian RPM Top Singles 98

Cover Versions[edit]

Jay and the Americans released a cover version of the song on their 1970 album, Wax Museum, Vol. 1.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BMI entry for song Accessed September 3, 2010
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 392. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 371.