A Song for You

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"A Song for You"
Single by Andy Williams
from the album You've Got a Friend
B-side "You've Got a Friend"
Released August 1971
Genre Vocal
Length 3:12
Label Columbia 45434
Songwriter(s) Leon Russell
Producer(s) Dick Glasser
Andy Williams singles chronology
"(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"
(1971)
"A Song for You"
(1971)
"Love Is All"
(1971)

"(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"
(1971)
"A Song for You"
(1971)
"Love Is All"
(1971)

"A Song for You" is a song written and originally recorded by rock singer and pianist Leon Russell for his first solo album Leon Russell, which was released in 1970 on Shelter Records. A slow, pained plea for forgiveness and understanding from an estranged lover, the tune is one of Russell's best-known compositions. It has been performed and recorded by an array of artists, spanning many musical genres. Elton John has called the song an American classic.[1]

One of the first versions of the song that brought it broader attention was by Andy Williams, whose single peaked at #29 on the adult contemporary chart and #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.[2] Ray Charles recorded a version that earned him the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Smooth Jazz 19
Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 61

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Encyclopedia of Country Music, 2012: "In 1970 Russell released his self-titled debut solo album, including such enduring songs as 'Delta Lady' and 'A Song for You,' both written for versatile vocalist Rita Coolidge. He followed with Leon Russell and the Shelter People (1971) and ..."
  2. ^ "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 

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