All I Ever Need Is You (song)

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"All I Ever Need Is You"
Sonny and Cher All I Ever Need is you.jpeg
Single by Sonny & Cher
from the album All I Ever Need Is You
B-side"I Got You Babe (live)"
ReleasedOctober 1971
Format7", 12"
Songwriter(s)Jimmy Holiday, Eddie Reeves
Producer(s)Snuff Garrett
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"All I Ever Need Is You" is a popular song written by Jimmy Holiday and Eddie Reeves, and initially recorded by Ray Charles for his 1971 album, Volcanic Action of My Soul. The most well-known version of the song is the hit single by Sonny & Cher which, in 1971, reached No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[1] and was their single of greatest chart longevity, spending 15 weeks on that chart. Their album by the same title sold over 500,000 copies reaching RIAA gold status.[citation needed]

"All I Ever Need Is You" by Sonny & Cher also topped the U.S. Easy Listening chart for five weeks late in 1971.[2] It was a top-ten single in both the United Kingdom and Canada. It has sold more than 2,250,000 copies world wide.[citation needed]

Two versions made the country music charts: Ray Sanders (No. 18) in 1971, and Kenny Rogers and Dottie West (No. 1) in 1979.[3] The Rogers and West recording was included on four albums: Classics in 1979 selling over 2,000,000 copies; Duets in 1984 selling over 1,000,000 copies; 42 Ultimate Hits in 2004 selling over 500,000 copies and 21 Number Ones in 2006 selling over 500,000 copies.[citation needed]

A 1984 Dutch version titled “Ik Meen ‘t” by recording artist Andre Hazes reached No. 1 for two weeks on March 9 and 16, 1985 on the pop singles chart in the Netherlands.[4]

“All I Ever Need Is You” was associated with two Grammy Award nominations: 1972 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Sonny & Cher, "All I Ever Need Is You"; and 1973 “Best Country Instrumental Performance”, Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed, Me and Chet[5] (the album included “All I Ever Need Is You”). The song was also recorded by Tom Jones, Sammi Smith and several others.

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  1. ^ "Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 227.
  3. ^ "Country Music: Top Country Songs Chart". Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  4. ^ "ANDRÉ HAZES - IK MEEN 'T". Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1973 - Grammy Award Winners 1973". Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  6. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Palmarès de la chanson anglophone et allophone au Québec" (in French). BAnQ. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  8. ^ ""Cash Box 100 Singles chart". Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 368. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1974-08-17. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 203.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  13. ^ "Billboard Year-End Charts 1972" (PDF).

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