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Does He Love You

"Does He Love You" is a song written by Sandy Knox and Billy Stritch, and recorded as a duet by American country music artists Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. It was released in August 1993 as the first single from Reba's album Greatest Hits Volume Two. It is one of country music's several songs about a love triangle.

"Does He Love You"
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Single by Reba McEntire with Linda Davis
from the album Greatest Hits Volume Two
B-side "Straight From You"
Released August 28, 1993
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 4:19
Label MCA Nashville
Songwriter(s)
  • Sandy Knox
  • Billy Stritch
Producer(s)
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"It's Your Call"
(1993)
"Does He Love You"
(1993)
"They Asked About You"
(1994)
"It's Your Call"
(1993)
"Does He Love You"
(1993)
"They Asked About You"
(1994)
Linda Davis singles chronology
"He Isn't My Affair Anymore"
(1992) He Isn't My Affair Anymore1992
"Does He Love You"
(1993) Does He Love You1993
"Love Didn't Do It"
(1994) Love Didn't Do It1994

Contents

HistoryEdit

"Does He Love You" was written in 1982 by Billy Stritch. He recorded it with a trio in which he performed at the time, because he wanted a song that could be sung by the other two members of the trio, both of whom were women. It had been pitched to Barbara Mandrell, Frank Sinatra, and Liza Minnelli, but McEntire ended up recording it. She had wanted to include Linda Davis, then a vocalist in her road band, as a duet partner. McEntire's husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, told her that MCA Records "would rather [she] record this with somebody more established", such as Wynonna Judd or Trisha Yearwood, both of whom were on the same label at the time. McEntire called Tony Brown, then working as a record producer for both her and Judd. Brown told her that Judd might record the song if McEntire asked her personally, but added that Judd did not want to record songs about "marital problems". McEntire submitted a demo to Judd and, after not hearing back from her, recorded the song with Davis in June 1993.[1]

The single went on to win the Grammy award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration,[2] a Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year, and a TNN/Music City News award for Best Vocal Collaboration.

In 1996, Minnelli released the song as a duet with Donna Summer, from Minnelli's album, "Gently". In 1997, it appeared on Patti LaBelle's album, "Flame".

ContentEdit

The song features a vocal battle between two female narrators who are in love with the same man. Both women know that the man is being unfaithful to them and are wondering who he truly loves.

Music VideoEdit

The big-budget, Jon Small-directed video was filmed over 3 days in mid-1993. It begins with Reba in her dressing room wearing a lilac feather gown, where she sees a picture of her lover, which she glances at. It then shows Linda as a professional actress at a movie premiere, then cuts back to Reba smashing the picture with a metal object. Reba shows up in a limo with the same man. The two women are seen then in a photo shoot with Linda holding an award and the man in the background. The picture is taken, but it shows Reba losing focus for some reason.

The next scene shows Linda and the man flirting in a hotel bar. Reba appears wearing a white shower cloak, standing behind a glass and wood wall, as if not to be noticed by Linda. She sees what is really going on, and Linda notices her, only to come over to her and begin singing the second chorus. Reba stays behind the wall the whole time, while Linda is in front of her.

It then briefly goes back to the dressing room, where Reba continues to smash her lover's picture. The next scene shows Reba approaching Linda's house in the pouring rain at night, while Linda stands on her porch as they sing the bridge.

The scene then shifts to the next day, where Reba watches from afar as Linda and the man are seen on a speedboat, where he hugs her, implying that Linda is who he truly loves. Reba finally smiles at Linda as the boat leaves the dock.

After the song is complete, the boat collapses and goes up in flames as the director (portrayed by actor Rob Reiner) yells "cut" and shows Reba and the crew the footage as the screen pans up to show the set and sky.

The last day of shooting coincided with the last day of filming for the 1993 movie North (in which Reba stars and Reiner directed), and because of this, Reba's final outfit seen in the video was the same one she wore in the movie.

Track listEdit

United Kingdom Maxi single CD1
  1. "Does He Love You" (Album Version)
  2. "Does He Love You" (Live)
  3. "I'll Be" (Live)
United Kingdom Maxi single CD2
  1. "Does He Love You" (Album Version)
  2. "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" (Live)
  3. "What If"

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
Chart (1999) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 62
Australian Singles Chart 59
Sweden Singles Chart 72

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 52
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 40

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McEntire, Reba; Carver, Tom (1994). Reba: My Story. Bantam Books. pp. 272–273. 
  2. ^ "And the Winners Are . ." The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1994-03-02. pp. C 22. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2296." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 13, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Reba McEntire Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
Preceded by
"Easy Come, Easy Go"
by George Strait
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

November 6, 1993
Succeeded by
"She Used to Be Mine"
by Brooks & Dunn
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

November 13, 1993