All I Ever Need Is You

Album: Greatest Hits (1971)
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  • This song was written by Jimmy Holiday and Eddie Reeves in 1971. It has gone on to earn $1,500,000 in publisher and writer royalties.

    Originally, this song was demoed for Kenny Rogers, who turned it down. Next it was offered to Ray Charles, who recorded it as part of his album The Volcanic Action of My Soul in 1971. This actually makes Ray Charles the first to cut this song - however well-known the Sonny and Cher version may be.

    In 1971, Cher had just had a #1 hit with "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves," and the TV show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour was just becoming a big hit. During this time, Kapp/MCA Records executive Johnny Musso asked Eddie Reeves for a copy of Ray's album to send along to Sonny and Cher, who were about to record new material. A week later Sonny and Cher had recorded their cover, which became the title of their 1971 album All I Ever Need Is You as well. This single was to ship 900,000 copies, certifying it as a Gold Record by the RIAA.

    Despite Kenny Roger's earlier dismissal of the song, Kenny Rogers and Dottie West covered the song in 1979, when it became a #1 hit for them on the Country Music charts as well. (Check out Eddie Reeves' story.)

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 27th 1971, 'The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour' began its 4 and a half year regular-season run on the CBS-TV network, the duo earn a regular season slot due to their successful summer replacement show earlier in the year...
    At the time their "All I Ever Need Is You" was at #11 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, the week before it was at #7, and that was also its peak position on the Top 100...
    And also at the time, Cher's eighth solo record, "Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves", was at #25 on the Top 100...
    Between 1965 and 1973 the duo had eighteen Top 100 records; five made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "I Got You Babe" for three weeks on August 8th, 1965.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 4th 1969, Cher gave birth to Chastity/Chaz Bono; Sonny and Cher Bono’s only child...
    At the time Sonny and Cher did not have a record on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart*; it would be a little over two years and seven months later on October 10th, 1971 before they would enter the Top 100 again; that was with "All I Need Is You" {See next post below}...
    * But a month before "All I Need Is You" had entered the Top 100, Cher entered the chart on September 12th with "Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves", and on Halloween it peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 19th, 1971 "All I Ever Need Is You" by Sonny & Cher peaked at #7 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on October 10th and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    On November 21st, 1971 it reached #1 (for 5 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    It was track one of side one of their album of the same name; the album reached #14 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    One other song from the album also made the Top 10, "A Cowboy Work Is Never Done", it peaked at #8 and stayed on the Top 100 for 13 weeks.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhHey, Sonny and Cher has some great songs to listen to, and this was one of them. The tune moves along so nicely, and the words make for a great song for two to sing. It's fun to sing along with, lots of wailing notes, and the words are strung together in such a way that it's almost like any two lovers simply talking to each other.
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