But You Know I Love You
|"But You Know I Love You"|
|Single by Kenny Rogers and The First Edition|
|from the album The First Edition '69|
|Kenny Rogers and The First Edition singles chronology|
"But You Know I Love You" is a song written by Mike Settle, which was a 1969 pop hit for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, a group that included Settle and Kenny Rogers. The song also became a major country hit by Bill Anderson in 1969. Evie Sands recorded the song for her 1970 album Any Way That You Want Me. In 1981, a cover version of "But You Know I Love You" by singer Dolly Parton topped the country singles charts.
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition version
In the song "But You Know I Love You", the narrator voices regret over not being able to remain with his/her significant other, due to career demands and the need to travel for his/her job. At the time Settle was guitarist for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, with Rogers singing lead and Settle harmonizing. The fall 1968 release, with a brass-tinged country-folk sound to broaden the group's fan base, peaked at number 19 on the Hot 100 just under a year after "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" peaked. In the group's rendition on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour that aired on 8 December 1968, the audience was unwittingly fooled to start clapping too soon, right after the false ending but way before the real ending.
|US Billboard Hot 100||19|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||11|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary||9|
Bill Anderson version
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||6|
Dolly Parton version
|"But You Know I Love You"|
|Single by Dolly Parton|
|from the album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs|
|B-side||"Poor Folks' Town"|
|Dolly Parton singles chronology|
Country singer Dolly Parton (who, in 1983, would have the number 1 duet "Islands In The Stream" with Rogers) in 1980 included "But You Know I Love You", based on the occupation of on-the-road singer, on her album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs. In April 1981, Parton released the song as the album's second single, following the success of "9 to 5," and it reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Singles chart on 20 June 1981, succeeding Rogers' accompanying Dottie West on "What Are We Doin' in Love" at the top slot. Parton's version also crossed over, bowing at number 82 on 4 April 1981 and peaking at number 41 on 16 May 1981 on the Hot 100 and No. 14 on the AC chart.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||41|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||14|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||2|
- "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Rogers.
- "Bill Anderson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Bill Anderson.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 262.
- "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dolly Parton.
- "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Dolly Parton.
- "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Dolly Parton.
"What Are We Doin' in Love"
by Dottie West and Kenny Rogers
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
June 20, 1981
"Blessed Are the Believers"
by Anne Murray