I Don't Know Why

"I Don't Know Why" (sometimes listed as "Don't Know Why I Love You") is a 1968 song by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, from the album For Once in My Life (1968). It also serves as the B-side for the 1969 hit "My Cherie Amour".

"I Don't Know Why"
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Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album For Once in My Life
A-side"My Cherie Amour"
Released1969
Recorded1968
GenreSoul, pop
Length3:02(single version)
2:48 (album version)
LabelTamla
T 54180
Songwriter(s)Stevie Wonder, Paul Riser, Don Hunter, Lula Hardaway
Producer(s)Don Hunter, Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day"
(1968)
"I Don't Know Why"
(1969)
"My Cherie Amour"
(1969)

The single peaked at No. 39 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was recorded when Wonder was 18 years old, and became a moderate hit single, together with "You Met Your Match", another song from the album. It also showcases Wonder's talents on the clavinet.

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[1] 48
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[2] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 39
US Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 16
Canadian Singles Chart 41
UK Singles Chart 14
"I Don't Know Why"
 
Single by the Rolling Stones
from the album Metamorphosis
B-side"Try a Little Harder"
ReleasedMay 1975
RecordedJune 1969 at Olympic Studios, London, England
GenreRock
Length3:01
LabelABKCO Records
Songwriter(s)Stevie Wonder, Paul Riser, Don Hunter, Lula Hardaway
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
(1975)
"I Don't Know Why"
(1975)
"Out of Time"
(1975)

Cover versionsEdit

The Jackson 5 cover the song (listed as "Don't Know Why I Love You") on their 1970 album ABC.

Al Kooper covered this song on his album "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are", 1969.

David Porter covered this song on his album "Gritty, Groovy and Gettin' It", 1970.

The Rolling Stones released a 1969 cover of the song in 1975 on their ABKCO outtake album Metamorphosis. It was recorded on July 3, 1969, during the sessions for Let It Bleed, the night that news broke of Brian Jones’ death. It was also used as the b-side for their 1975 single Try A Little Harder, and peaked at No. 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The song was covered by the B.E.F. on their 1991 album Music of Quality and Distinction Volume Two, featuring Green Gartside of Scritti Politti on vocals.

The Brand New Heavies cover the song on their 2006 album Get Used to It.

Popular cultureEdit

The song was featured on an episode of ABC's Scandal entitled "Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ultratop.be – Stevie Wonder – I Don't Know Why" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Stevie Wonder" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Stevie Wonder – I Don't Know Why" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  4. ^ "The Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. March 22, 1969. Retrieved October 7, 2020.

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