If I Loved You

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"If I Loved You"
Single by Perry Como
B-side"I'm Gonna Love That Gal (Like She's Never Been Loved Before)"
ReleasedJune 4, 1945 (1945-06-04)
RecordedMay 19, 1945 (1945-05-19)
GenrePopular music
LabelRCA Victor 20-1676
Composer(s)Richard Rodgers
Lyricist(s)Oscar Hammerstein II
Producer(s)Herb Hendler
Perry Como singles chronology
"If I Loved You"
"Till the End of Time"

"If I Loved You" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.


In the show, the characters of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan sing this song as they hesitantly declare their love for one another, yet are too shy to express their true feelings.

The song was in turn inspired by lines of dialogue from Ferenc Molnár's original Liliom, the source material for the musical.


The song was introduced by John Raitt[1] as "Billy Bigelow" and Jan Clayton as "Julie" in the original Broadway production.[2]

The song was performed in the 1956 film version Carousel by Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

Other recordings[edit]

There were four hit versions of the song in 1945: Perry Como (#3), Frank Sinatra (#7), Bing Crosby (#8) and Harry James (#8).[3] In 1954, Roy Hamilton's recording went to #4 on Billboard's, Best Sellers in Stores chart.[4]

Many artists have recorded the song over the years.[5]


  1. ^ Gilliland, John. (197X). "Pop Chronicles 1940s Program #14 - All Tracks UNT Digital Library". Digital.library.unt.edu. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  2. ^ "Internet Broadway Database". ibdb.com. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 526. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 243.
  5. ^ "secondhandsongs.com". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved January 14, 2019.