(Why I Love You)” is a list song written by Bill and Doree Post which in 1960 reached #3 via a recording by
The composers: Bill and Doree Post, were a husband-and-wife team from Kansas who had several single releases on Crest Records but their own version of “
” was not released until 1963: Doree Post was then deceased having been claimed by stomach cancer on 24 July 1961.
Stevens’ single – arrangement and accompaniment by Don Ralke – was issued in December 1959 with the Robert Allen composition “Little Sister” being the intended A-side – another version of the last-named song by Cathy Carr was issued as a single at the same time – but it was as “Sixteen Reasons” that Stevens’ single debuted at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 1 February 1960, to reach #3 on the chart dated 9 May 1960.
” also afforded Stevens’ a hit in the UK over the spring and summer of 1960 despite at least three cover versions by British singers, specifically Sheila Buxton, Shani Wallis and Marion Ryan. After reaching #9 – its overall UK peak – in May 1960, Stevens’ single re-entered the top 20 at #17 that June, spending 12 weeks on the chart in all. Total sales for
” single are estimated at two million units. The sheet music for the song was also a bestseller in both the US and the UK.
was a popular song on the American Forces Network in Germany that summer.