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"Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)" is a popular song with music by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. It was published in 1956 and appeared in the 1956 film of the same name.[1] At the 29th Academy Awards, Friendly Persuasion was nominated for the Best Music – Song but lost out to "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)".

"Friendly Persuasion"
Composer(s)Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyricist(s)Paul Francis Webster

The best-known version of the song was recorded that year by Pat Boone[2] and it reached the No. 5 position in the USA charts and No. 3 in the UK.[3] Another recording by The Four Aces followed Boone's in 1956[4] and reached number 45 peak position on Billboard's pop music chart.[5]

The title is an obvious play on words, since the film centers on a Quaker family, a religion known as the "Society of Friends". Thus, they are said to be of the "Friendly" persuasion.

Johnny Mathis included the song in his 1963 album Romantically.

Bing Crosby recorded the song for his album Bing Crosby's Treasury - The Songs I Love (1968 version).

Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her album Soft and Beautiful (1969).[6]

The Four Aces version of the song was used in the 2013 BBC television series "Call the Midwife".


  1. ^ Friendly Persuation (1956) on Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ 45cat
  3. ^ Davies, Chris (1998). British and American Hit Singles. London, UK: BT Batsford. p. 493. ISBN 0-7134-8275-3.
  4. ^ 45 cat
  5. ^ Billboard 3. Nov. 1956, p. 36, respectively Billboard 1. Sept. 1956, p. 44
  6. ^ AllMusic