Sincerely (song)

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"Sincerely" is a popular song written by Harvey Fuqua and Alan Freed and published in 1954.

It was originally recorded by Moonglows,[1] the group of which Fuqua was a member and Freed was the manager. The Moonglows' version reached number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 20 on the Billboard Juke Box chart.[2] After it became known that Freed often insisted on songwriter credits for songs by bands he promoted (which partially led to his downfall in a payola investigation years later), Fuqua noted that Freed had in fact contributed to the songwriting for "Sincerely," and thus his claim to a songwriting credit in this case was legitimate.

The best-selling version was a pop cover recorded by the McGuire Sisters, which entered the charts in 1954 and reached number one the next year.[3] It was eventually certified as a gold record.

In 1988, a cover of the song by the country quartet Forester Sisters reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 11: Big Rock Candy Mountain: Early Rock 'n' Roll Vocal Groups & Frank Zappa" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. Track 5.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 411.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). NewYork: Billboard Books. p. 414. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4.
  4. ^ "Hot Country Songs - Forester Sisters Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018.