(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

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"(I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons"
Song by Deek Watson & His Brown Dots
Published 1945
Composer(s) William Best
Lyricist(s) William Best or Ivory Watson (disputed)

"(I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons" is a popular song written by Ivory "Deek" Watson, founding member of the Ink Spots, and William "Pat" Best, founding member of the Four Tunes.

The credits and Leeds Publishing Company list Watson as a co-writer. Best later said that Watson had nothing to do with the creation of the song,[1] but Watson maintained in his late 1960s autobiography[2] that he and Best wrote the song together, lyrics and music respectively. Best was a member of Watson's group, the Brown Dots. The song was published in 1945 and released by Watson's quartet with Joe King as lead vocalist on the Manor Records label (catalog No. 1041A).[3]

Hit versions[edit]

The biggest-selling version by Nat King Cole was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 304. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on November 22, 1946, and lasted 12 weeks on the chart, peaking at number one.[4]

  • The recording by Eddy Howard was released by Majestic Records as catalog number 7204. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on January 10, 1947, and lasted five weeks on the chart, peaking at number six.[4]
  • The recording by Dinah Shore was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 37188. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on January 10, 1947, and lasted four weeks on the chart, peaking at number six.[4]
  • The recording by Charlie Spivak (vocal by Jimmy Saunders) was released by RCA Victor as catalog number 20-1981. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on January 10, 1947, and lasted 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at number seven.[4]
  • Ella Fitzgerald & The Delta Rhythm Boys' version reached the No. 8 spot in the charts in 1947.[5]
  • Art Kassel and His "Kassels-in-the-air" (vocal by Jimmy Featherstone) - their recording was also a chart hit peaking at No. 15 in 1947.[6]
  • Sam Cooke recorded an early soul version. Released in 1957, it peaked at 17 on the pop charts, and 5 on the R&B charts. (Sam Cooke discography)
  • James Brown's disco version in 1976 charted at No. 70 R&B.[7]

Other recordings[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cafe Songbook". greatamericansongbook.net. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Watson, Deek (1967). The Story of the Ink Spots. Vantage Press.
  3. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 160. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 246. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  7. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  8. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.