All I Ever Need Is You

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"All I Ever Need Is You" is a popular song written by Jimmy Holiday and Eddie Reeves, and initially recorded by Ray Charles for his 1971 album, Volcanic Action of My Soul. The most well-known version of the song is the hit single by Sonny & Cher which, in 1971, reached No. 7 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100, and was their single of greatest chart longevity, spending 15 weeks on that chart. Their album by the same title sold over 500,000 copies reaching RIAA gold status."All I Ever Need Is You" by Sonny & Cher also topped the U. S. Easy Listening chart for five weeks late in 1971. It was a top-ten single in both the United Kingdom and Canada. It has sold more than 2,250,000 copies worldwide. Two versions made the country music charts: Ray Sanders (No. 18) in 1971, and Kenny Rogers and Dottie West (No. 1) in 1979. The Rogers and West recording was included on four albums: Classics in 1979 selling over 2,000,000 copies; Duets in 1984 selling over 1,000,000 copies; 42 Ultimate Hits in 2004 selling over 500,000 copies and 21 Number Ones in 2006 selling over 500,000 copies. A 1984 Dutch version titled “Ik Meen ‘t” by recording artist Andre Hazes reached No. 1 for two weeks on March 9 and 16, 1985 on the pop singles chart in the Netherlands.“All I Ever Need Is You” was associated with two Grammy Award nominations: 1972 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Sonny & Cher, "All I Ever Need Is You"; and 1973 “Best Country Instrumental Performance”, Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed, Me and Chet (the album included “All I Ever Need Is You”). The song was also recorded by Tom Jones, Sammi Smith and several others. 


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Sometimes when I'm down and all alone
Just like a child without a home
The love you give me keeps me hangin' on
Oh honey,  all I ever need is you
You're my first love, you're my last
You're my future, you're my past
And loving you is all I ask, honey
All I ever need is you
Winters come and they go, and we watch the melting snow
Sure as summer follows spring, all the things you do
Give me a reason to build my world around you
Some men follow rainbows, I am told
Some men search for silver some for gold
I have found my treasure in your soul, honey
All I ever need is you
Without love I'd never find the way
Through ups and downs of every single day
I won't sleep at night until you say, my honey
All I ever need is you

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Ray Charles

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.) He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.” more »

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