I Wonder Why

"I Wonder Why" is a doo-wop song, written by Melvin Anderson and Ricardo Weeks (lyrics), and first recorded by Dion and the Belmonts (released as Laurie Records' first single, number 3013), becoming the group's first national pop chart hit, in 1958. It is sung from the point of view of a man telling his girlfriend that he loves her but does not know why. The song is noted for Carlo Mastrangelo bass part.

"I Wonder Why"
Single by Dion and the Belmonts
from the album Presenting Dion and the Belmonts
A-side"I Wonder Why"
B-side"Teen Angel"
ReleasedMay 5, 1958 (1958-05-05)
Songwriter(s)Melvin Anderson, Ricardo Weeks
Dion and the Belmonts singles chronology
"I Wonder Why"
"No One Knows"

The song was used in the film A Bronx Tale, in the pilot episode of the television series The Sopranos, and in John Carpenter's adaption of Stephen King's Christine. A cover was sung by Nicolas Cage in Peggy Sue Got Married. A cover was also sung by Showaddywaddy in 1978, reaching number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Australian band Ol' 55 covered the song on their album, Take It Greasy (1976).


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 497. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.