“Connie Stevens Sixteen Reasons” on YouTube

03 May


“Sixteen Reasons

(Why I Love You)” is a list song written by Bill and Doree Post which in 1960 reached #3 via a recording by

Connie Stevens.


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 “

Sixteen Reasons

” was not released until 1963: Doree Post was then deceased having been claimed by stomach cancer on 24 July 1961.[3]

Stevens’ single – arrangement and accompaniment by Don Ralke[4] – 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[5] – but it was as “Sixteen Reasons” that Stevens’ single debuted at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 1 February 1960,[6] to reach #3 on the chart dated 9 May 1960.[7]

Sixteen Reasons

” 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.[8][9][10] After reaching #9 – its overall UK peak – in May 1960,[11] Stevens’ single re-entered the top 20 at #17 that June,[12] spending 12 weeks on the chart in all.[11] Total sales for

Connie Stevens

‘ “

Sixteen Reasons

” single are estimated at two million units. The sheet music for the song was also a bestseller in both the US and the UK.[13][14]

“Sixteen Reasons”

was a popular song on the American Forces Network in Germany that summer.[15]


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