Hallelujah I Love Her So

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"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Ray Charles (or, Hallelujah I Love Her So)
B-side"What Would I Do Without You"
Songwriter(s)Ray Charles
Producer(s)Jerry Wexler
Ray Charles singles chronology
"A Fool for You"
"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
"Mary Ann"

"Hallelujah I Love Her So" is a single by American musician Ray Charles. The rhythm and blues song was written and released by Charles in 1956 on the Atlantic label, and in 1957 it was included on his self-titled debut LP, also released on Atlantic. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard R&B chart. It is loosely based on 'Get It Over Baby' by Ike Turner (1953).

The song incorporates Gospel music. "Hallelujah I Love Her So" is a testament to the joyous release of love, featuring a sophisticated horn arrangement and memorable tenor sax solo by Don Wilkerson. Several artists, including Stevie Wonder, Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, and Humble Pie have covered the song.[1]


Beatles cover versions[edit]

"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
Song by the Beatles (then known as the Quarrymen)
from the album Anthology 1
Released20 November 1995
RecordedJuly 1960[2]
GenreRhythm and blues
Songwriter(s)Ray Charles

According to biographer Mark Lewisohn (in The Complete Beatles Chronicle, p. 362), the Beatles (first as the Quarrymen) regularly performed the song, from at least 1960 through 1962 with Paul McCartney on lead vocal. A very early home recording rehearsal (dated tentatively to May 1960) of it was included on Anthology 1 as well as on previous unauthorized releases. They continued playing it regularly including at The Star-Club in Hamburg through the end of 1962, an audience recording was made there which is included in the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. Tony Sheridan recorded the song with his back-up group The Beat Brothers, long after his recording session with The Beatles in 1961. It was released on Sheridan's album My Bonnie (1962) which included a few of the songs he recorded previously with The Beatles in 1961. Additionally, according to author Doug Sulpy (in Drugs, Divorce And A Slipping Image, sec. 22.25) on January 22, 1969 during the Get Back sessions, they recorded a version with John Lennon doing a "loose" lead vocal; that version has never been officially released.

Beatles personnel[edit]

The Quarrymen, Paul's home, 1960

The Beatles, Star-Club recording, December 1962

Other cover versions[edit]

Eddie Cochran version[edit]

"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
Single by Eddie Cochran
from the album The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
B-side"Little Angel"
ReleasedNovember 1959
RecordedAugust 31, 1959
GenreRock 'n' roll
LabelLiberty F-55217
Songwriter(s)Ray Charles
Producer(s)Eddie Cochran
Eddie Cochran singles chronology
"Somethin' Else"
"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
"Three Steps to Heaven"

"Hallelujah, I Love Her So" is an adaption of the Ray Charles song by Eddie Cochran. It was released as a single on Liberty Records in November 1959.


  • Eddie Cochran: vocal, guitar
  • Jimmy Stivers: piano
  • Gene Riggio: drums
  • Don Myers: electric bass
  • Mike Henderson: tenor sax
  • Mike Deasy: baritone sax[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
UK Singles Chart 22

George Jones and Brenda Lee version[edit]

George Jones covered the song on his 1984 album Ladies' Choice as a duet with Brenda Lee titled "Hallelujah, I Love You So". It was released as a single in 1984 and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1985.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984–1985) Peak
US Billboard Hot Country Singles[4] 15
Canada RPM Country Tracks 13


  1. ^ "Ray Charles website". Raycharles.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  2. ^ "Hallelujah, I Love Her So (song)". The Paul McCartney project. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  3. ^ "Eddie Cochran biography". Eddiecochran.info. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.