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I Love You Because

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Written by: Leon Payne

Recorded: July 5, 1954, Sun Studio, Memphis
Released master by RCA is a splice of takes 3 and 5, without the spoken bridge.
Take 2, with the spoken bridge, was released in 1974 on A Legendary Performer, Vol. 1.

Single:w/ "Tryin' to Get to You", 47-6639, August 1956
Also released on RCA, 78rpm, 20-6639, August 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0612, September 30, 1958
Also re-released as Collectables DPE1-1005 4505, December 1986.

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Single didn't chart

1st LP release: Elvis Presley - March 23, 1956
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My Spin

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At Elvis' very first Sun recording session, he attempted "Harbor Lights" and then several takes of this tune without getting any results that satisfied Sam Phillips, before launching into an impromptu version of "That's All Right" that changed history! It's easy to see why Sam was unimpressed with these first couple of ballads. Elvis' take on "I Love You Because" wasn't inadequate (after all, RCA released it on his first album), but after all, Sam was looking for a certain sound, not to mention he was in the business of putting out singles, not album cuts, and this one wasn't quite up to those standards. However, it's interesting to the rest of us as an early attempt at a ballad for Elvis, and the quality is about what you would expect for a kid who was still learning how it's done.
The first version of "I Love You Because" was by its composer Leon Payne. Other versions before Elvis' recording include those by Jan Garber, Gene Autry, Patti Page, and Eddie Fisher. Jim Reeves' version later in the '60s became a big hit, especially in the U.K.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"I Love You Because" also exists in two versions: the first released is the more straightforward. It begins with clear whistling, and is sung without pretension. Sam Phillips did not issue this, but it was included on Presley's first RCA LP two years later. A longer version was released by RCA in 1974; with an extended middle section - spoken, not sung, by Presley - it is probably the better performance, but too long for one side of the normal ten-inch 78-rpm in 1954.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

This was the first commercial recording at Sun Records in July 5, 1954, an elementary ballad that was recorded in four takes. Sam Phillips spliced takes four and two together to make a disjointed version, which RCA (after buying Elvis' contract) later released on LP in March of 1956. Years later, Scotty Moore revealed in an interview that the first, unabridged take had never been released. RCA then released take one in 1974...

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"I Love You Because" Lyrics and Downloads

I love you because you understand, dear
Every single thing I try to do
You're always there to lend a helping hand, dear
I love you most of all because you're you

No matter what the world may say about me
I know your love will always see me through
I love you for the way you never doubt me
But most of all I love you 'cause you're you

[Spoken section]
I love you because, because my heart is lighter
Honey, every time, every time I'm walking by your side
And I love you, yes, I love you because the future is a little bit brighter
And the door, the door to my happiness, you open wide

No matter what may be the style or season
I know your heart will always be true
I love you for a hundred thousand reasons
But most of all I love you 'cause you're you
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I Love You Because karaoke - Jim ReevesI Love You Because
Jim Reeves

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