I Honestly Love You

"I Honestly Love You" is a song recorded by Olivia Newton-John and which in 1974 became a worldwide pop hit – her first number-one single in the United States and Canada. It remained her signature solo song until the 1981 hit "Physical". The single was first released in Australia as "I Love You, I Honestly Love You", as per its chorus.

"I Honestly Love You"
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Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Long Live Love (UK)
If You Love Me, Let Me Know (US)
B-side"Home Ain't Home Anymore"
ReleasedAugust 1974 (U.S.)
Format7"
Recorded1974
GenreSoft rock[1][2]
Length3:40
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)Jeff Barry, Peter Allen
Producer(s)John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
"If You Love Me, Let Me Know"
(1974)
"I Honestly Love You"
(1974)
"Have You Never Been Mellow"
(1975)

The track was released in Britain on the album Long Live Love and in the United States on the album If You Love Me, Let Me Know. The song was written by Jeff Barry – co-writer of "Then He Kissed Me", "Be My Baby", "Leader of the Pack" and "River Deep - Mountain High" – and Australian composer Peter Allen; the latter recorded it around the same time for his album Continental American. It also appears in the musical about Allen's life, The Boy from Oz. VH1 placed the song at no. 11 on its "40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs" list.[3]Andy Williams released a version on his 1974 LP You Lay So Easy on My Mind.

At the 17th Grammy Awards in 1975, the single won both Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. The composition was nominated for Song of the Year but lost to "The Way We Were".[4]

British arranger, keyboardist and composer Alan Hawkshaw received the award for Best Arrangement from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences for "I Honestly Love You". He also played on the recording.

A snippet of Lynn Anderson's recording of the song plays over Chief Brody's radio in the second shark attack in Steven Spielberg's 1975 film Jaws, moments before Alex Kitner and Pippet the dog disappear beneath the waves.

Chart performanceEdit

The single reached the top three of Billboard’s Hot 100 in a then unusually fast six weeks, and in its eighth week, in the chart dated October 5, 1974, it spent the first of its two weeks at number one. Soon after it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold one million copies. It also reached number one (three weeks) on the Adult Contemporary chart[5] and no. 6 on the Country chart.[6] The song's success also helped propel its parent album, If You Love Me, Let Me Know, to number one, in the chart dated October 12, 1974. By contrast, the single failed to reach the Top 20 in the United Kingdom (no. 22), although it did chart there in 1983 when it was re-released to promote a Newton-John greatest hits album.

The single ranked 97 on Billboard’s year-end Top 100 of 1974 – a low position owing to the fact that the year-end 100 was based on charts from issue dates November 24, 1973 through October 26, 1974, the week in which “I Honestly Love You” was on only its tenth of 15 weeks on the Hot 100.

“I Honestly Love You” ranked no. 1 for the year on the following radio stations: KTLK (Denver), KTKT (Tucson), WGNG (Pawtucket), WCFL (Chicago) and WLAN (Lancaster, PA). It ranked no. 2 for the year on WLS (Chicago) and WROV (Roanoke); no. 3 for the year on WIXY (Cleveland) and WFIL (Philadelphia); no. 4 for the year ion KMBY (Monterey) , WQAM (Miami), WKTQ (Pittsburgh) and WPRO (Providence). Plus no. 7 (KSFX, San Francisco); no. 10 (WRKO, Boston); no. 11 (WNBC, New York) and no. 14 (WABC, New York).

In November 1977 a re-release of Newton-John's original version – backed with "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", from her then-current album Making a Good Thing Better – reached no. 48 during its nine-week run on the Hot 100; the single outperformed the only A-side single from the album (the title track), which five months earlier had stalled at no. 87. The re-release of Newton-John's 1974 hit also re-charted on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at no. 49.

1998 versionEdit

"I Honestly Love You '98"
Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Back with a Heart
Released1998
FormatCD single
Recorded1998
GenrePop, country
Length4:04
LabelMCA
Songwriter(s)Jeff Barry & Peter Allen
Producer(s)John Farrar (exec.), David Foster

Newton-John re-recorded "I Honestly Love You" for her 1998 album Back with a Heart, with Babyface on background vocals. The new version was released as a single, debuting on Billboard's Hot 100 in May 1998. The single – her first (of new material) to chart in the US in six years – peaked at no. 67 but spent 12 weeks on the chart. It reached no. 18 on the Adult Contemporary chart and no. 16 on the Country Music Sales chart.

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs". Stereogum. SpinMedia. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ Abdelrahman, Amina Lake (21 September 2018). "35 Most Romantic Love Songs of All Time". Good Housekeeping.
  3. ^ "VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs". 31 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Past Winners Search | GRAMMY.com". grammy.com. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  5. ^ Whit-burn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 181.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 248.
  7. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Olivia Newton-John Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  9. ^ David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992" Archived 5 March 2016 at Archive.today
  10. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". www.bac-lac.gc.ca.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". www.musicoutfitters.com.

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