You Don't Know Me (Eddy Arnold song)

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"You Don't Know Me"
Single by Eddy Arnold
B-sideThe Rockin' Mockin' Bird
Released1956
Format45 vinyl single
Recorded1955
GenreCountry Music
Length2:34
LabelRCA Victor
Writer(s)Eddy Arnold
Cindy Walker
 
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"You Don't Know Me"
Single by Eddy Arnold
B-sideThe Rockin' Mockin' Bird
Released1956
Format45 vinyl single
Recorded1955
GenreCountry Music
Length2:34
LabelRCA Victor
Writer(s)Eddy Arnold
Cindy Walker

"You Don't Know Me" is a song written by Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold in 1955. It was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21, 1956 on RCA Victor.[1] The first version of the song to make the Billboard charts was by Jerry Vale in 1956, peaking at #14 on the pop chart. Arnold's version charted two months later, released as an RCA Victor single, 47-6502, backed with "The Rockin' Mockin' Bird", which reached #10 on the Billboard country chart. Cash Box magazine, which combined all best-selling versions at one position, included a version by Carmen McRae that never appeared in the Billboard Top 100 Sides listing.

The best-selling version of the song is by Ray Charles, who took it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962, after releasing the song on his #1 album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. This version also topped the "Easy listening" chart for three weeks in 1962, and was used in the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day. The song also became the twelfth number one country hit for Mickey Gilley in 1981.[2]

The song has been performed or recorded by hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Charles re-recorded the song with Diana Krall on his #1 album of duets, Genius Loves Company, the only song common to both of Charles' two #1 albums. It was sung by Meryl Streep in the 1990 movie Postcards from the Edge, and by John Legend in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Robert Downey Jr also performs this song as Blake Allen in the James Toback movie Two Girls and a Guy. Lizzy Caplan performs this song as Virginia Johnson in the 2013 Showtime series "Masters of Sex"

Notable recorded versions[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Eddy Arnold[edit]

Chart (1956)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles10

Ray Charles[edit]

Chart (1962)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1002
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles1
U.K. Singles9

Elvis Presley[edit]

Chart (1968)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 10044
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles34

Mickey Gilley[edit]

Chart (1981)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles1
U.S. Billboard Hot 10055
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary12
Canadian RPM Country Tracks1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Second Hand Songs: You Don't Know Me.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 137. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Roses Are Red (My Love)" by Bobby Vinton
"Billboard" Easy Listening number-one single
by Ray Charles

August 25, 1962
(three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ramblin' Rose" by Nat "King" Cole
Preceded by
"Older Women"
by Ronnie McDowell
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single by Mickey Gilley

September 19, 1981
Succeeded by
"Tight Fittin' Jeans"
by Conway Twitty
Preceded by
"Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)"
by John Denver
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 26-October 3, 1981
Succeeded by
"Midnight Hauler"
by Razzy Bailey