Loves Me Like a Rock
|"Loves Me Like a Rock"|
|Single by Paul Simon|
|from the album There Goes Rhymin' Simon|
|B-side||"Learn How to Fall"|
|Released||July 19, 1973|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
3:27 (7" version)
|Producer(s)||Paul Simon, Phil Ramone, Muscle Shoals Sound|
|Paul Simon singles chronology|
It features background vocals from The Dixie Hummingbirds, a Southern black gospel group. These vocals add a different texture to the song as compared to many of his previous solo recordings ("Mother and Child Reunion", "Kodachrome") and his duets with his frequent collaborator, Art Garfunkel, as the pop duo Simon & Garfunkel ("The Sounds of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson"). Although the lyrics are not typically associated with gospel music, The Dixie Hummingbirds were eager to record the song with Simon, and they recorded their own version of the song soon afterward.
Paul Simon's version of "Loves Me Like a Rock" peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of October 6, 1973, kept from the summit by Cher's "Half-Breed". It remained in the Top 40 for 14 weeks and was certified a gold record. It also spent two weeks atop the Billboard easy listening chart in September 1973. It reached the Top 40 in the United Kingdom, peaking at No. 39 on the UK Singles Chart.