I Just Fall in Love Again

"I Just Fall in Love Again"
Song by The Carpenters from the album Passage
Released September 23, 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 4:05
Label A&M
Composer(s) Steve Dorff; Larry Herbstritt; Gloria Sklerov; Harry Lloyd
Producer(s) Richard and Karen Carpenter
Passage track listing

All You Get from Love Is a Love Song
"I Just Fall in Love Again"
Don't Cry for Me, Argentina
"I Just Fall in Love Again"
Single by Anne Murray
from the album New Kind of Feeling
B-side "Just to Feel This Love from You"
Released January 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Country, pop
Length 2:47
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Steve Dorff, Larry Herbstritt, Gloria Sklerov, Harry Lloyd
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Anne Murray singles chronology
"You Needed Me"
"I Just Fall in Love Again"
"Shadows in the Moonlight"

"I Just Fall in Love Again" is a song written by Larry Herbstritt, with co-writers Steve Dorff, Harry Lloyd, and Gloria Sklerov. Herbstritt had composed the melody and chords for the chorus and a chord progression for the verse, which he took to his friend Steve Dorff. Harry Lloyd and Gloria Sklerov completed the lyrics. The song was originally recorded by The Carpenters and later covered by Dusty Springfield, whose version inspired Anne Murray to record her own cover.

The Carpenters' version

The Carpenters' version was included on the duo's 1977 album Passage. On the Carpenters' official web site, Richard Carpenter notes that he felt the song was perfect for his sister Karen's voice and felt their version had hit-single potential. However, A&M Records decided not to release it because it was considered too long for Top 40 radio stations to play at the time (just over 4 minutes) and could not be abridged.[1]

In 2004, Richard Carpenter added a remixed "I Just Fall in Love Again" to the Carpenters' 2-disc compilation, Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition.


Dusty Springfield's version

Recorded in summer 1978 and released in early 1979 on Springfield's Living Without Your Love album the same week her record label, United Artists Records, was sold, the track was subsequently never released as a single and went largely unnoticed by the listening public due to lack of promotion for the album.

Anne Murray's version

When Canadian Country singer Anne Murray heard "I Just Fall in Love Again" as recorded by Dusty Springfield, her favorite female singer, she was inspired to record her own version of the song, releasing it in early 1979, on her Platinum-selling album New Kind of Feeling.

Anne released her version as a single, and it topped Billboard magazine's Country,[2] and Adult Contemporary charts for three weeks, while reaching #11 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3]

It was the first of three successive #1 Country hits and four consecutive #1 Adult Contemporary hits during 1979 and 1980. Though Murray loves the song, she is quoted in The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits as saying she was surprised at its success on the Country charts, as she didn't feel the song sounded very "country." Nevertheless, Billboard ranked it as the #1 Country hit of 1979. Anne included the song as a posthumous duet with Dusty Springfield on her own 2008 album Duets: Friends & Legends.


Chart performance

Weekly charts

Chart (1979) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles [4] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 12
UK Singles Chart 58
US Cash Box Top 100 [8] 11

Year-end charts

Chart (1979) Rank
Canada RPM Top Singles [9] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [10] 72
U.S. Cash Box [11] 85

Chart successions

Preceded by
"Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
February 10, 1979 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Crazy Love" by Poco
Preceded by
"Golden Tears"
by Dave & Sugar
Billboard Hot Country Singles number one single
March 24 – April 7, 1979
by Anne Murray
Succeeded by
"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right"
by Barbara Mandrell
Preceded by
"You Made My Day Tonight"
by Canadian Zephyr
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
March 31 – April 7, 1979
by Anne Murray
Succeeded by
"It's a Cheating Situation"
by Moe Bandy and Janie Fricke
Preceded by
"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"My Heart"
by Ronnie Milsap
Preceded by
by Bee Gees
Canadian Hot 100
number-one single

April 21, 1979
Succeeded by
"What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers

Award successions

Preceded by
"Hot Child in the City" by Nick Gilder
Juno Award for Single of the Year
Succeeded by
"Echo Beach" by Martha and the Muffins
"Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray


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