Here You Come Again (song)

"Here You Come Again" is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and recorded by American entertainer Dolly Parton. It was released as a single in September 1977 as the title track from Parton's album of the same name, topped the U.S. country singles chart for five weeks, and won the 1978 Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance; it also reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, representing Parton's first significant pop crossover hit.

"Here You Come Again"
Here You Come Again (song) cover.jpeg
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Here You Come Again
B-side"Me and Little Andy"
ReleasedSeptember 26, 1977
RecordedJune 1977
GenreCountry pop
Producer(s)Gary Klein
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Light of a Clear Blue Morning"
"Here You Come Again"
"Two Doors Down"

Composition and recordingEdit

The song was composed by Mann and Weil, and it was a rare example of a Parton hit that she did not write herself. The songwriting duo originally composed "Here You Come Again" in 1975 as a potential comeback hit for Brenda Lee, but when Lee decided not to record it, the song made its way to Parton, who was looking for something to broaden her appeal. Her producer, Gary Klein, who had heard the song on B.J. Thomas's recently released self-titled album,[1] reported that Parton had begged him to add a steel guitar to avoid sounding too pop, and he called in Al Perkins to fill that role. "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 journalist Tom Roland. "She was so relieved. It was like her life sentence was reprieved."[2]

The song modulates keys four times. The first two verses are set in G major, followed by A major for the first bridge, G major for the third verse, B major for the second bridge, and finally A major for the last verse and outro. The song moves at a swinging tempo of 106 beats per minute in common time, with Parton's vocals ranging from G3 to D5.[3][4]

Critical receptionEdit

"Here You Come Again" was the centerpiece of Parton's pop crossover in the late 1970s. The single spent five weeks at the top of the U.S Billboard country charts[1] and reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It earned Parton the award for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" at the Grammy Awards.[5] The song has sold 271,000 digital copies in the United States as of February 2019 since becoming available for digital download.[6]

Chart performanceEdit


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada 75,000[21]
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Covers and other versionsEdit


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  2. ^ Roland, Tom, The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 204.
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  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (February 20, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Sales Chart: February 20, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
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  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 190.
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  16. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '78 – Volume 30, No. 14, December 30, 1978". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
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  18. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1978". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
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  21. ^ "Singles Still Sell At RCA" (PDF). Billboard. April 1, 1978. p. 75. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Dolly Parton – Here You Come Again". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  23. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas

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