Hallelujah I Love Her So

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"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Ray Charles (or, Hallelujah I Love Her So)
B-side "What Would I Do Without You"
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Ray Charles
Producer(s) Jerry Wexler
Ray Charles singles chronology
"A Fool for You"
"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
"Mary Ann"

"Hallelujah I Love Her So" is a single by American musician Ray Charles. The rhythm and blues song was written and released by Charles in 1956 on the Atlantic label, and in 1957 it was included on his self-titled debut LP, also released on Atlantic. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard R&B chart. It is loosely based on 'Get It Over Baby' by Ike Turner (1953).


The song incorporates Gospel music. "Hallelujah I Love Her So" is a testament to the joyous release of love, featuring a sophisticated horn arrangement and memorable tenor sax solo by Don Wilkerson. Several artists, including Stevie Wonder, Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, and Humble Pie have covered the song. [1]


Beatles cover versions

"Hallelujah I Love Her So"
Song by the Beatles (then known as the Quarrymen)
from the album Anthology 1
Released20 November 1995
RecordedJuly 1960 [2]
Genre Rhythm and blues
Songwriter(s) Ray Charles

According to biographer Mark Lewisohn (in The Complete Beatles Chronicle, p. 362), the Beatles (first as the Quarrymen) regularly performed the song, from at least 1960 through 1962 with Paul McCartney on lead vocal. A very early home recording rehearsal (dated tentatively to May 1960) of it was included on Anthology 1 as well as on previous unauthorized releases. They continued playing it regularly including at The Star-Club in Hamburg through the end of 1962, an audience recording was made there which is included in the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 . Additionally according to author Doug Sulpy (in Drugs, Divorce And A Slipping Image, sec. 22.25) on Jan. 22, 1969 during the massive Get Back sessions they cut a version with John Lennon doing a "loose" lead vocal of it, that version has never been officially released. Lastly, in December 1961 the two singer-musicians that were asked to join the Beatles, namely Tony Sheridan and Roy Young, did a studio version that was released on the Sheridan album My Bonnie (1962) although none of the Beatles participate.

Beatles personnel

Other cover versions

Eddie Cochran version

"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
Eddie Cochran Hallelujah I Love Her So F-55217.jpg
Single by Eddie Cochran
from the album The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
B-side "Little Angel"
ReleasedNovember 1959
RecordedAugust 31, 1959
Genre Rock 'n' roll
Label Liberty F-55217
Songwriter(s) Ray Charles
Producer(s) Eddie Cochran
Eddie Cochran singles chronology
"Somethin' Else"
"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
"Three Steps to Heaven"

"Hallelujah, I Love Her So" is an adaption of the Ray Charles song by Eddie Cochran. It was released as a single on Liberty Records in November 1959.


Chart performance

Chart (1960)Peak
UK Singles Chart22

George Jones and Brenda Lee version

George Jones covered the song on his 1984 album Ladies' Choice as a duet with Brenda Lee titled "Hallelujah, I Love You So". It was released as a single in 1984 and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1985. [4]

Chart performance

Chart (1984–1985)Peak
US Billboard Hot Country Singles [4] 15
Canada RPM Country Tracks13

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