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This is a reworking of a French song recorded in 1955 by Gilbert Becaud called "Je T'Appartiens."
The first English version of this song was released in 1957 by an actress named Jill Corey, who recorded it with Jimmy Carroll and his orchestra. This version went to #57 in 1957, two years before The Everly Brothers' version.
This was one of the first Pop songs to use a string section - eight violins and a cello were used. It was also the first Everly Brothers song to use strings.
Just before this became a hit, The Everly Brothers left their original label, Cadence Records, and signed with Warner Brothers for a $100,000 bonus, which was huge at the time.
This was the first Everly Brothers song they did not record in Nashville. It was done in New York.
In America, six other versions of this song charted in the '60s:
Betty Everett & Jerry Butler (#5, 1964)
Arthur Prysock (#124, 1966)
Nino Tempo & April Stevens (#127, 1968)
Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry (#36, 1969)
Willie Nelson returned the song to the charts in 1982 when he took it to #40.
Bob Dylan recorded this on his 1970 album Self Portrait. We asked Ron Cornelius, who played guitar on the album, why Dylan recorded it. He replied: "No one would be being truthful with you to tell you what was ever in Bob Dylan's mind. No Way."
Bass Player Scott Edwards
Scott was Stevie Wonder's bass player before becoming a top session player. Hits he played on include "I Will Survive," "Being With You" and "Sara Smile."
Tom Keifer of Cinderella
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Loudon Wainwright III
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Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
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