Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

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For the 1989 song written by Van Morrison, see Have I Told You Lately.

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" is a popular song written by Scotty Wiseman and published in 1945.[1] It was the greatest hit of Wiseman and his wife and one of the first country music songs to attract major attention in the pop music field.


Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters version[edit]

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?"
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Crosby).jpg
Single by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
B-side "Quicksilver"
Released 1949
Format 7" and 10"
Recorded November 25, 1949
Genre Easy Listening
Label Decca
Writer(s) Scotty Wiseman

Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters recorded the song on November 25, 1949[2] and it had a good reception from the trade magazine Billboard who said: "Ditty’s a sprightly mountain-musiker that had its innings a couple of years back on straight hillbilly diskings. Bing and the gals are in top form as they harmonize it to a spanking fare-thee-well."[3] The record entered the Billboard charts on January 21, 1950 and in a four-week stay it peaked at No. 24.[4]

Lulu Belle and Scotty version[edit]

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?"
Have I Told You Lately that I Love You.jpg
Single by Lulu Belle and Scotty
B-side "In the Heart of a Fool"
Released 1956
Format 7"
Recorded 1956
Genre Country
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Scotty Wiseman

Lulu Belle and Scotty released their version in 1956 on a Mercury Records 45 rpm single.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

The earliest and easily most prominent recording of "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" in the early rock era was by Elvis Presley. According to the book of the CD-boxset "Elvis - The Complete 50's Masters", Presley recorded it on January 19, 1957, at RCA's Radio Recorders in Hollywood for his Loving You album. Session musicians for the song included Presley himself on rhythm guitar, his usual lead guitarist Scotty Moore, with Bill Black on bass, D.J. Fontana on drums, piano by Dudley Brooks, organ by Hoyt Hawkins, and background vocals were of course The Jordanaires. When the song was included on the Loving You album release in July 1957, it immediately prompted both Ricky Nelson and Eddie Cochran to record cover versions of the song. Nelson's was the "B" side of a hit single ("Be-Bop Baby", released in September), while Cochran's was an album cut (released in November). The impact of the Elvis version was felt across the Atlantic.

Eddie Cochran version[edit]

"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"
Song by Eddie Cochran from the album Singin' to My Baby
Released November 1957
Recorded August 1957
Genre Country
Length 2:32
Label Liberty
Writer(s) Scotty Wiseman
Producer(s) Simon Jackson
Singin' to My Baby track listing
"Tell Me Why"
(9)
"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"
(10)
"Cradle Baby"
(11)

Eddie Cochran recorded his version in August 1957 and released it on the album Singin' to My Baby. Musicians on the session were:

Other versions[edit]

Charting versions[edit]

Year Artist Chart Positions
U.S. C&W U.S. CAN
1946 Red Foley 5
1946 Gene Autry 3
1946 Tex Ritter 3
1950 Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters 24
1957 Ricky Nelson 29
1957 Elvis Presley 13
1968 Kitty Wells & Red Foley 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lulu Belle & Scotty, Hillbilly-Music.com
  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Billboard". December 24, 1949. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 113. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  5. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
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  7. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ Miles, Barry (1998). The Beatles a Diary: An Intimate Day by Day History. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780711963153. 
  10. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 20, 2016.