Connie Stevens “Sixteen Reasons”


“Sixteen Reasons

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

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.

“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. 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 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. “Sixteen Reasons”was a popular song on the American Forces Network in Germany that summer.Wiki

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