(I Don't Know Why) But I Do

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"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do"
ButIDoClarenceHenry.gif
Single by Clarence "Frogman" Henry
from the album You Always Hurt the One You Love
Released February 1961
Format 7" single
Genre R&B, Swamp pop, Country
Label Argo
Songwriter(s) Paul Gayten/Robert Guidry
Clarence "Frogman" Henry singles chronology
"On Bended Knee"
(1961)
"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do"
(1961)
"You Always Hurt the One You Love"
(1961)
"On Bended Knee"
(1961)
"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do"
(1961)
"You Always Hurt the One You Love"
(1961)

"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" is an R&B song written by Paul Gayten and Bobby Charles (as Robert Guidry), and performed by Clarence "Frogman" Henry. It was Henry's biggest U.S. hit, reaching #4 in early 1961. The B-side on the single release was "Just My Baby and Me".

The U.S. release on the Argo record label was titled "I Don't Know Why". The U.K. release on the Pye label and the Australian release on the Coronet label were both titled "But I Do". The U.K. version spent 19 weeks in the charts and peaked at #3 in the first week of May 1961.[1]

Personnel[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was made popular again after appearances in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, and the 1999 film Mickey Blue Eyes.

Chart history[edit]

Bobby Vinton cover[edit]

"But I Do"
But I Do - Bobby Vinton.jpg
Single by Bobby Vinton
Released December 1972
Format 7" single
Genre Pop, Easy Listening
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Paul Gayten/Robert Guidry
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"Sealed With a Kiss"
(1972)
"But I Do"
(1972)
"Hurt"
(1973)
"Sealed With a Kiss"
(1972)
"But I Do"
(1972)
"Hurt"
(1973)

Bobby Vinton covered "But I Do" in 1972. His version reached #82 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #71 Cash Box in early 1973.[7] It also reached #27 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[8]

The song also charted in Canada on both the Pop chart (#72) and Adult Contemporary (#23) chart, where it made its best showing.[9][10]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1972-73) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[11] 72
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[12] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 82
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[14] 27
US Cash Box Top 100[15] 71

References[edit]

  • "Billboard". Billboard Hot 100 airplay and sales charts. Retrieved June 11, 2006.
  1. ^ Rice T, Rice J, Read M & Gambaccini P, Guinness Book of Hits of the 60s. Guinness, London, 1984, p.75 (ISBN 0-85112-416-X)
  2. ^ Rice T, Rice J, Read M & Gambaccini P, Guinness Book of Hits of the 60s. Guinness, London, 1984, p.75 (ISBN 0-85112-416-X)
  3. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 22, 1961
  4. ^ The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1961
  5. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  6. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 30, 1961
  7. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, February 10, 1973
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 248. 
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1973-03-13. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1973-03-03. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1973-03-13. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  12. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1973-03-03. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  13. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 248. 
  15. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, February 10, 1973