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Hallelujah, I Love Her So

Written by Ray Charles

Album This song officially appears on the Anthology 1 Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1995

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Other Ray Charles songs

Hit The Road Jack

Unreleased song

I Got a Woman

Officially appears on Live At The BBC

What'd I Say

Unreleased song

Related interviews

The Club Sandwich Interview

Winter 1994 • From Club Sandwich

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Hallelujah I Love Her So” is the debut single from American musician Ray Charles. The rhythm and blues song was written and released by Charles in 1956 on the Atlantic label, and in 1957 it was included on his self-titled debut LP, also released on Atlantic. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard R&B chart and much like “I Got a Woman” and “This Little Girl of Mine“, it was based on a gospel hymn with lyrics altered to fit a secular blues format. These songs predated the groundbreaking success Charles enjoyed near the end of the 1950s with “What’d I Say“, but they significantly contributed to his increasing popularity within the R&B community.

Hallelujah I Love Her So” is a testament to the joyous release of love, featuring a sophisticated horn arrangement and memorable tenor sax solo by Don Wilkerson. Several artists, including Stevie Wonder, Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, and Humble Pie have successfully covered the song.

Beatles Cover Version

According to biographer Mark Lewisohn (in “The Complete Beatles Chronicle” p. 362), The Beatles (first as The Quarrymen) regularly performed the song, from at least 1960 through 1962 with Paul McCartney on lead vocal. A very early home recording rehearsal (dated tentatively to May 1960) of it was included on Anthology 1 as well as on previous unauthorized releases. They continued playing it regularly including at the The Star-Club in Hamburg through the end of 1962, an audience recording was made there which is included in the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, 1962. Additionally according to author Doug Sulpy (in “Drugs, Divorce And A Slipping Image” sec. 22.25) on Jan. 22, 1969 during the massive Get Back sessions they cut a version with John Lennon doing a “loose” lead vocal of it, that version has never been officially released. […]

From Anthology 1 liner notes:

Hallelujah, I Love Her So was first recorded by Ray Charles in 1956 but the clear influence here is Eddie Cochran’s cover version. This had been a minor hit on the British singles chart in February 1960, helped there by Paul who bought the record and sings lead on this recording.

From Beatles Bible:

The group’s version of Hallelujah, I Love Her So had appeared on bootlegs for some time, in a version lasting 2’22”. The Anthology 1 version sped up the recording, changing the key from A to B flat, and reducing the running time to 1’13”. It also omitted the second verse, a middle eight and the somewhat ramshackle guitar solo – presumably played by Harrison.

There is at least one instance where Paul McCartney sang Hallelujah, I Love Her during his solo period, during the ‘Take It Away’ promotional video filming in 1982.

Last updated on January 30, 2016


Let me tell you 'bout a girl I know
She's my baby and I love her so
Every morning when the sun comes up
She brings me coffee in my favourite cup
Then I know, yes I know
Hallelujah, I just love her so

When I call her on the telephone
'Hear me, baby, I'm all alone'
Before I'm counting from one to four
She'll be knocking on the door

In the evening when the sun goes down
And there ain't nobody else around
She kisses me and then she holds me tight
Says, 'Baby, everything's alright'
That's why I know, yes I know
Hallelujah, I just love her so
Hallelujah, I just love her so
Hallelujah, I just love that chick so

Officially appears on

Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

1:13 • DemoB1

Paul McCartney :
Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon :
George Harrison :
Stuart Sutcliffe :

Session Recording:
Circa July 1960
Studio :
20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool (Paul's House)


The Silver Beatles - Lapis Lazuli

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

0:19 • OuttakeA

Session Recording:
circa July 1960
Studio :
Paul's House Forthlin Road Liverpool

The Silver Beatles - Lapis Lazuli

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

2:26 • OuttakeB

Session Recording:
circa July 1960
Studio :
Paul's House Forthlin Road Liverpool

Star Club - Hamburg, Germany - December 1962

Unofficial live

2:36 • LiveL1

A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 21st, 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:24 • RehearsalC • Jan.21 - D2-06 - Hallelujah, I Love Her So 21.32

Session Recording:
Jan 21, 1969
Studio :
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Unofficial album • Released in 1996

2:16 • DemoB

Live performances

“Hallelujah, I Love Her So” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where Hallelujah, I Love Her So has been played

'Take It Away' promotional video filming

Jun 23, 1982 • United Kingdom • Borehamwood • Elstree Studios


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Jay 2 years ago

The Band "HUMBLE PIE" has a terrific Live version of this song on "ROCKIN' THE FILLMORE" Peter Frampton on Lead Guitar.

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks Jay - didn't know this version, will listen to it !!