I Love You Because (song)

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"I Love You Because"
Single by Leon Payne
B-side"A Link in the Chain of Broken Hearts"
Released1949 (1949)
Songwriter(s)Leon Payne
Leon Payne singles chronology
"Baby Boy"
"I Love You Because"
"My Daddy"

"I Love You Because" is a song written and recorded by country music singer and songwriter Leon Payne in 1949. 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.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

"I Love You Because"
Song by Elvis Presley
from the album Elvis Presley (album)
ReleasedMarch 23, 1956
RecordedJuly 4th-July 5th, 1954
Songwriter(s)Leon Payne
Producer(s)Sam Phillips
Recorded during early Sun sessions

"I Love You Because" was first recorded by on July 4 and 5, 1954 at SUN Studio. The session started on the 4th and ended early on the morning of the 5th in Memphis, Tenn., the same day he recorded "That's All Right". Producer Sam Phillips did not think "I Love You Because" was the right song for Elvis' first single, so it eventually found its way to his first album released in 1956.

Johnny Cash version[edit]

"I Love You Because"
Single by Johnny Cash
A-side"Straight A's in Love"
"I Love You Because"
ReleasedDecember 1959 (1959-12)
Format7" vinyl
LabelSun 334
Music video
"I Love You Because" (audio only) on YouTube

The song was also notably covered by Johnny Cash. His version was released by Sun Records as a single (Sun 334, with "Straight A's in Love" on the opposite side)[2][3][4][5][6] in December 1959,[7][8] when Cash had already left the label for Columbia.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 20

Al Martino version[edit]

"I Love You Because"
Single by Al Martino
from the album I Love You Because
ReleasedApril 1963 (1963)
Songwriter(s)Leon Payne

In 1963, Al Martino recorded the most successful version of the song, which peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart[10] and number one on the Middle-Road (Adult Contemporary) chart for two weeks in May that year.[11]

Jim Reeves version[edit]

In 1964, American country singer Jim Reeves recorded a version of the song which peaked at number five in the UK. The song became his most successful single in Norway, topping the VG-Lista chart for 13 weeks.[12] 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.[13] The 45 release reached number 54 in the US Billboard Country singles chart that year.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
Norway Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart[14] 9
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[15] 5
US Billboard Hot Country Songs[16] 54

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. ^ John Edwards Memorial Foundation (1974). JEMF Quarterly. John Edwards Memorial Foundation.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn (2002). Top Country Singles, 1944 to 2001: Chart Data Compiled from Billboard's Country Singles Charts, 1944-2001. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-151-2.
    Joel Whitburn (2005). Joel Whitburn's Top Country Songs: 1944-2005, Billboard. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-165-9.
  4. ^ Tim Neely (2004-05-01). Goldmine Records & Prices. Krause Publications. ISBN 978-0-87349-781-7.
  5. ^ Colin Escott; Martin Hawkins (1980). Sun Records: The Brief History of the Legendary Recording Label. Quick Fox. ISBN 978-0-8256-3161-0.
  6. ^ George Albert (1984-01-01). The Cash Box Country Singles Charts, 1958-1982. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-1685-5.
  7. ^ Peter Lewry (2001). I've Been Everywhere: A Johnny Cash Chronicle. Helter Skelter. ISBN 978-1-900924-22-1.
    “Straight A's In Love"/"I Love You Because” (Sun 334) released. Both sides of this single will chart during February and March 1960.
  8. ^ The Johnny Cash Record Catalog. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1994. pp. 21–. ISBN 978-0-313-29506-5.
  9. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  10. ^ "US Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. June 1, 1963. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "US Billboard Adult Contemporary - Chart History". Billboard. May 25, 1963. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  12. ^ JIM REEVES - I LOVE YOU BECAUSE - NorwegianCharts.com
  13. ^ "Top Country Albums". Billboard. March 20, 1976. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  14. ^ JIM REEVES - I LOVE YOU BECAUSE - DutchCharts.nl
  15. ^ "Jim Reeves - I Love You Because". UK Singles Chart. UK Official Charts Company. February 26, 1964. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "Jim Reeves Chart History - Hot Country Songs", Billboard, March 27, 1976, retrieved June 13, 2019
  17. ^ "Hot Country Songs - Billboard". Billboard. October 4, 1969. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.

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