Butterfly Kisses (song)

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"Butterfly Kisses"
Butterfly Kisses single.jpg
Single by Bob Carlisle
from the album Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)
B-side"Shades of Grace"
ReleasedApril 1997
Length5:38, 5:41-Country Remix
Songwriter(s)Bob Carlisle
Randy Thomas
Producer(s)Larry Day
Bob Carlisle singles chronology
"Mighty Love"
"Butterfly Kisses"
"That Wonderful Someone"

"Butterfly Kisses" is a song written by Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas from Carlisle's third studio album Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace).[1] The song was written for Carlisle's daughter Brooke's 16th birthday.[2] Carlisle also wrote a journal entitled Butterfly Kisses for fathers and their daughters. The last track of the Butterfly Kisses (Shades Of Grace) is a country remix of the song, where instruments like the Pedal Steel Guitar and Fiddle are added as instruments. There have been many cover versions of the song including Raybon Brothers, Jeff Carson, Westlife and Cliff Richard.

Chart performance[edit]

Carlisle's rendition of the song became a major radio hit in United States, reaching the top 10 of Hot 100 Airplay and becoming a number-one single on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song also received a Dove Award for Song of the Year,[1] as well as a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. It is also Carlisle's only chart single.[3]

Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[4] 1
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 52
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 25
Netherlands Singles Chart 16
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 10
US Billboard Hot Country Songs 45
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 16
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
US Billboard Adult Top 40 13
US Billboard Rhythmic Songs 38

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[7] 14

Raybon Brothers version[edit]

"Butterfly Kisses"
Single by Raybon Brothers
from the album Raybon Brothers
ReleasedMay 13, 1997
FormatCD single
RecordedMay 12, 1997
Songwriter(s)Bob Carlisle
Randy Thomas
Producer(s)Don Cook, Tony Brown
Raybon Brothers singles chronology
"Butterfly Kisses"
"The Way She's Looking"

The same year that Carlisle's version was released, two country music artists each recorded covers of the song. These covers would overlap with his version, which was also a minor hit on the country charts. The higher-peaking cover was issued by the Raybon Brothers, a duo composed of Marty Raybon (former lead singer of Shenandoah) and his brother Tim. The Raybon Brothers' version was a number 37 country and number 22 Hot 100 hit in 1997. The single was released by Rick Hendrix Company to Christian radio and moved into the Top 40. One of three singles for the duo, it was also the title track to the Raybon Brothers' 1997 MCA Records debut album. The Raybon Brothers' rendition received RIAA gold certification.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 36
US Billboard Hot 100 22
US Country Songs (Billboard) 37

Jeff Carson version[edit]

"Butterfly Kisses"
Single by Jeff Carson
from the album Butterfly Kisses
ReleasedJune 17, 1997
Songwriter(s)Bob Carlisle
Randy Thomas
Producer(s)Chuck Howard
Jeff Carson singles chronology
"Do It Again"
"Butterfly Kisses"
"Here's the Deal"

Jeff Carson also recorded his own version on his second album for Curb Records, which was also titled Butterfly Kisses. Carson's version peaked at number 63 on the country music charts. The album also featured an alternate version of the song, which contained elements from Kippi Brannon's then-current single "Daddy's Little Girl".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[8] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 66

Other versions[edit]

There are other versions recorded including:


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  2. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=YQ8EAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&lr=&rview=1#v=onepage&q=butterfly%20kisses&f=false Billboard: May 31, 1997
  3. ^ "Bob Carlisle: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3246." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 30, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3264." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 14, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3274." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 21, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Archived from the original on January 14, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  8. ^ "Jeff Carson Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Jeff Carson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Real as I Wanna Be - Cliff Richard (1999 US edition)". Allmusic. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  11. ^ Amazon.com page of album Healing Love (Songs of Inspiration) by Cliff Richard
  12. ^ Music video for Cliff Richard version of "Butterfly Kisses" on YouTube
  13. ^ "Schmetterlings-Küsse (Butterfly Kisses, Cliff Richard German single 2014)". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014.