Here You Come Again (song)

"Here You Come Again"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Here You Come Again
B-side "Me and Little Andy"
Released September 1977
Recorded June 1977
Genre Country pop
Length 2:59
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Producer(s) Gary Klein
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"Light of a Clear Blue Morning"
"Here You Come Again"
"Two Doors Down"/"It's All Wrong, But It's All Right"

"Here You Come Again" is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and recorded by American entertainer Dolly Parton, which topped the U.S. country singles chart for five weeks, and won the 1979 Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance; it also reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, representing Parton's first significant pop crossover hit.

Having been composed by Mann and Weil, the song was a rare example of a Parton hit that she did not write herself. The songwriting duo originally composed "Here You Come Again" in 1975 as a potential comeback hit for Brenda Lee, but when Lee decided not to record it, the song made its way to Parton, who was in the process of redirecting her career as a successful mainstream country artist, to that of an entertainer with broader pop appeal, and was looking for a vehicle to assist with that transition. Her producer Gary Klein had heard the song on the then-recently released B.J. Thomas's self-titled album.[1] Even so, her producer, Gary Klein, told Tom Roland in The Billboard Book of Number One County Hits that she begged him to add a steel guitar to avoid sounding too pop, and he called in Al Perkins to fill that role. "She wanted people to be able to hear the steel guitar, so if someone said it isn't country, she could say it and prove it," Klein told Roland. "She was so relieved. It was like her life sentence was reprieved."[2]

"Here You Come Again" was released as a single in September 1977 as the title track from Parton's album Here You Come Again, and was the centerpiece of her now famous pop crossover move in the late-1970s. The recording spent five weeks at the top of the U.S Billboard country charts[1] and earned Parton the award for best female country vocal at the Grammy Awards of 1979.[3]

Chart performance

Weekly charts

Chart (1977-78) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[4] 10
Canadian RPM Country 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 7
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 1
New Zealand[5] 12
UK Singles Chart 75
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[6] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening[7] 2
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [8] 7

Year-end charts

Chart (1978) Rank
Australia[9] 71
Canada 49
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 60
U.S. Cash Box[11] 40

Cover versions


  1. 1 2 3 Betts, Stephen L. (2015-12-03). "Flashback: See Dolly Parton's Twinkling 'Come Again' in 1978 | Rolling Stone". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 204.
  3. Grammy Awards 1979, Grammy Awards.
  4. Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  5. "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1978-02-12. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  6. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 261.
  7. Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 190.
  8. Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  9. "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  10. Information at Svensk mediedatabas

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Preceded by
"The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)"
by Waylon Jennings
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 3-December 31, 1977
Succeeded by
"Take This Job and Shove It"
by Johnny Paycheck
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 10-December 17, 1977
Succeeded by
"Georgia Keeps Pulling on My Ring"
by Conway Twitty
Preceded by
"Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" (Crystal Gayle, 1978)
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Succeeded by
"Blue Kentucky Girl" (Emmylou Harris, 1980)
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