Here You Come Again

Album: Here You Come Again (1977)
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  • This was written by the songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and was the centerpiece of Dolly Parton's now famous late '70s crossover from Country music to Pop. In addition to topping the Country singles chart, it was also Parton's first Top 10 Pop hit, reaching #3 on the Pop singles charts in January 1978.
  • Mann and Weil wrote this somewhere around 1975, and initially offered it to Brenda Lee. Lee sat on the song for over a year, before ultimately deciding not to record it. B.J. Thomas was the first to record the song when he included it on his self-titled album in 1977, and it reached the ears of Parton's producer Gary Klein.
  • This was the title song of Parton's 1977 Here You Come Again album which, like the single, hit both the Country and Pop albums charts. >>
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  • Cynthia Weil accidentally erased the original opening line on the tape recorder while Barry was out, which proved to be a fortuitous mistake. She explained: "I didn't know what to do, so I made one up. I made up the melody and the lyric. When he came back I sang it to him. He said 'that's not my opening line, but I like yours better.' We kept it."
  • Parton hoped the song would broaden her fanbase, but she wasn't willing to sacrifice her country roots. She begged producer Gary Klein to countrify the pop tune with the addition of steel guitar, so he brought in noted steel guitarist Al Perkins for the job. "She wanted people to be able to hear the steel guitar, so if someone said it isn't country, she could say it and prove it," Klein told Tom Roland in The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits. "She was so relieved. It was like her life sentence was reprieved."
  • This earned Parton a Grammy win for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.
  • Parton's version was used on The Office in the 2008 episode "Weight Loss." It was also used on Supergirl in the 2016 episode "Welcome To Earth," and on the "Winter" segment of the mini-series Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
  • Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry joined Parton to perform this song when Parton was honored at the 2019 Grammys with the MusiCares Person Of The Year award.
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Comments: 6

  • Christopher from Charlotte, NcThe song was first recorded by B.J. Thomas on his 1977 self-titled album. It was never released as a single, but it is posted on You Tube.
    I hope you will be able to add this info, and also add to the category of Songs originally recorded by other artists. I know B. J. Thomas recording was before
    Dolly Parton's as website like Dick Rosement's The Originals Project, Second Hand Song, and Who sampled Who.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 8th 1978, "Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton peaked at #3 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Top 100; it had entered the chart on October 9th, 1977 and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on November 27th, 1977 it reached #1 {for 5 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    Was track one from her 19th studio album of the same name, and on December 18th, 1977 the album peaked at #1 {for 9 weeks} on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart...
    Her next two releases also reached #1 on the Country Singles chart; "It's All Wrong, but It's All Right" {for 2 weeks} and "Heartbreaker" {for 3 weeks}...
    Ms. Parton, aka *Mrs. Carl Thomas Dean, will celebrate her 68th birthday in eleven days on January 19th...
    * Mr. & Mrs. Dean will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary this coming May 30th.
  • Amanda from Melbourne, AustraliaWho hasn't felt like they are in Dolly's shoes when she sings this?
  • Dean from Birmingham, AlOne of my favorites by her!
  • Gina from Salina, Ksgreat song ....love it
    gina linenberger salina,ks
  • Rick from Westerville, OhI absolutely love Dolly's voice, and this song is a great one.
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