I Love You Because (song)

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For the song "I Love You Because (You Look Like Jim Reeves)", see Back in the DHSS.
"I Love You Because"
Single by Leon Payne
B-side "A Link in the Chain of Broken Hearts"
Released 1949 (1949)
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Leon Payne
Leon Payne singles chronology
"Baby Boy"
"I Love You Because"
"My Daddy"

"I Love You Because" is a 1949 hit song written and originally recorded by Leon Payne. The song has been covered by several artists throughout the years, including hit cover versions by Al Martino in 1963 and Jim Reeves in 1964.

Leon Payne version[edit]

In 1949, Leon Payne's original version of the song went to number four on the Billboard Country & Western Best Seller lists and spent two weeks at number one on the Country & Western Disk Jockey List, spending a total of thirty-two weeks on the chart.[1] "I Love You Because" was Payne's only song to make the country charts.

Al Martino version[edit]

"I Love You Because"
Single by Al Martino
from the album I Love You Because
Released 1963 (1963)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Leon Payne

In 1963, Al Martino recorded the most successful version of the song peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Middle-Road (or Easy Listening) chart for two weeks in May that year.[2]

Jim Reeves version[edit]

In 1964, American country singer Jim Reeves recorded the song and took it to number five in the UK. In 1976, the song was the title track of a posthumous Jim Reeves album, which peaked at number 24 on the US Country LP chart. The 45 release reached number 54 in the US Country singles chart that year.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
Norway Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 5

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 265. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 159. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"La meg være ung"
by Wenche Myhre
Norway VG-Lista
number-one single by Jim Reeves

Week 18 to 31, 1964
Succeeded by
"A Hard Day's Night"
by The Beatles