To All the Girls I've Loved Before

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"To All the Girls I've Loved Before"
Single by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
from the album 1100 Bel Air Place
B-side"I Don't Want To Wake You"
ReleasedFebruary 1984
Format7"
Recorded1983
GenrePop, country
Length3:30
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Albert Hammond and Hal David
ProducerRichard Perry
 
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"To All the Girls I've Loved Before"
Single by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
from the album 1100 Bel Air Place
B-side"I Don't Want To Wake You"
ReleasedFebruary 1984
Format7"
Recorded1983
GenrePop, country
Length3:30
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Albert Hammond and Hal David
ProducerRichard Perry

"To All the Girls I've Loved Before" is a song written by Hal David (words) and Albert Hammond (music). It was originally recorded in 1980 by Bobby Vinton on Tapestry Records,[1] but is more famous for a 1984 recording by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, which appeared on Iglesias's album 1100 Bel Air Place. A breakthrough for Iglesias in the English language market, the song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the RPM Top Singles. "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" went to number one on the country chart, and was one of two entries on the country chart for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson as duo (the second was "Spanish Eyes", which peaked at #8 in late 1988).[2]

David and Hammond created the song in 1975 and registered it with the copyright office on April 28 of that year.[3] Following Vinton's recording released on October 9, 1980, the song was registered as published.[4]

It was Iglesias' biggest hit in the United States and Canada, and Nelson's biggest European hit. The record also appeared on Australian, New Zealand and South African charts. The song has become Iglesias's signature English-language tune, prominently performed at his concerts since the single's release. Thanks to this song, 1100 Bel Air Place became Iglesias' world-wide best selling album. In 1984, Nelson and Iglesias were also named "Duo of the year" by the Country Music Association, and "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" was named single of the year by the Academy of Country Music.

The song has been covered by many artists including Merle Haggard, Engelbert Humperdinck, and others.[5] In 2010, Alanis Morissette recorded her version of the song, re-written as "To All the Boys I've Loved Before".[6] Nelson played rhythm guitar on the recording.[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984)Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report[7]4
Austrian Top 404
Belgian VRT Top 301
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks1
Canadian RPM Top Singles1
Dutch Top 403
Euro Hit 4012
French Singles Chart41
German Media Control Charts24
Irish Singles Chart16
Italian Singles Chart32
Radio Luxembourg Singles[8]15
New Zealand Singles Chart[9]2
South African Singles Chart2
Spanish Singles Chart[10]2
Swiss Music Charts23
UK Singles Chart17
U.S. Billboard Hot 1005
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks3
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles1

Certifications[edit]

CountryCertifications
United StatesPlatinum
Canada[11]Platinum
BelgiumGold
AustraliaGold

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1984)Position
Australian Kent Music Report29
Austrian Top 408
Belgian VRT Top 3010
Canadian RPM Top Singles12
Dutch Top 4030
South African Singles Chart8
Spanish Singles Chart19
U.S. Billboard Hot 10050
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Singles[12]27
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles1
U.S. Cashbox Top 10033
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Copyright records of the United States, www.copyright.gov, registration no. PA0000092147, 1981.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 167. 
  3. ^ Copyright records of the United States, reg. no. EU575831, 1975.
  4. ^ Copyright records of the United States, www.copyright.gov, no. PA0000092147, 1981.
  5. ^ "To All The Girls I've Loved Before - MP3 Music: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  6. ^ a b "Alanis Morissette Covering Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias Hit 'To All the Girls I've Loved Before'". Spinner. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ "Ultimate Music Database". Umdmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson - To All The Girls I've Loved Before". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  10. ^ "Billboard - Knihy Google". Books.google.cz. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  11. ^ http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=To%20All%20The%20Girls&ica=False&sa=&sl=&smt=5&sat=-1&ssb=Artist
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
Preceded by
"I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes"
by The Oak Ridge Boys
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 12-May 19, 1984
Succeeded by
"As Long as I'm Rockin' with You"
by John Conlee
Preceded by
"The Yellow Rose"
by Johnny Lee with Lane Brody
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 12-May 19, 1984
Succeeded by
"I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes"
by The Oak Ridge Boys
Preceded by
"Hello"
by Lionel Richie
RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks
number-one single

May 12, 1984
Succeeded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
by Phil Collins
Preceded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
by Phil Collins
RPM Top Singles
number-one single

May 19-May 26, 1984
Succeeded by
"Hello"
by Lionel Richie
Preceded by
"Hello"
by Lionel Richie
Belgian VRT Top 30
number-one single

May 26, 1984
Succeeded by
"I Want to Break Free"
by Queen
Preceded by
"Jose Cuervo"
by Shelly West
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year

1984
Succeeded by
"Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)"
by Ronnie Milsap