About the song
Released in 1975, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” is a song written by Hal David (words) and Albert Hammond (music). It was originally recorded by Albert Hammond on his album 99 Miles From L.A.
However, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson‘s 1984 recording became more famous. it appeared on Iglesias’s album 1100 Bel Air Place. A breakthrough for Iglesias in the English language market, the song peaked at no. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and no. 1 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles.
Moreover, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” went to number one on the country chart. It was one of two entries on the country chart for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson as a duo. The second was “Spanish Eyes”, which peaked at #8 in late 1988.
This song is all about a dedication to all the girls that the narrator has loved before. The narrator is happy that they have come along in his life and that he has met them. And everything may change but the memories will forever be with him.
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Iglesias & Nelson’s Version
It was Iglesias’ biggest hit in the United States and Canada, and Nelson’s biggest European hit. The record also appeared on Australian, New Zealand, and South African charts. Moreover, the song has become Iglesias’s signature English-language tune. It was prominently performed at his concerts since the single’s release. Thanks to this song, 1100 Bel Air Place became Iglesias’ worldwide best selling album. In 1984, Nelson and Iglesias were also named “Duo of the Year” by the Country Music Association. In addition, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” was named Single of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
In 1984, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” peaked at the top spot in around five music charts internationally. It was no. 1 in the Belgian VRT Top 30, Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks, Canadian RPM Country Tracks, and Canadian RPM Top Singles. Moreover, it also reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles.
Furthermore, it was certified platinum in both US and Canada while gold in Belgium and Australia.
Watch Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson perform “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” live at the 1983 CMA Awards Show.