All I Ever Need Is You (song)

"All I Ever Need Is You" is a popular song written by Jimmy Holiday and Eddie Reeves and 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 number seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [1] and is their single of greatest 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"
Single by Sonny & Cher
from the album All I Ever Need Is You
B-side "I Got You Babe (live)"
Released October 1971
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1971
Genre Pop
Length 2:38
Label Kapp/MCA
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Holiday, Eddie Reeves
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Sonny & Cher singles chronology
"It's The Little Things"
"All I Ever Need Is You"
"A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done"

"It's The Little Things"
"All I Ever Need Is You"
"A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done"

"All I Ever Need Is You" by Sonny & Cher also topped the Easy Listening chart for five weeks late in 1971.[2] and was a top-ten single in both the United Kingdom and Canada. It has sold more than 2,250,000 copies world wide.

Two versions made the country music charts: Ray Sanders (#18) in 1971, and Kenny Rogers and Dottie West (#1) in 1979.[3] The Rogers & West recording was included on four albums: Classics (Kenny Rogers and Dottie West album) in 1979 selling over 2,000,000 copies; Duets (Kenny Rogers album) in 1984 selling over 1,000,000 copies; 42 Ultimate Hits (Kenny Rogers album) in 2004 selling over 500,000 copies and 21 Number Ones (Kenny Rogers album) in 2006 selling over 500,000 copies.

A 1984 Dutch version titled “Ik Meen ‘T” by recording artist Andre Hazes reached #1 for two weeks on March 9 and 16, 1985 on the pop singles chart in the Netherlands.[4]

“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[5] (album included “All I Ever Need Is You”). The song was recorded by Tom Jones, Sammi Smith and several others.

Chart performance

Sonny & Cher



  2. Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 227.
  7. "Cash Box 100 Singles chart
  8. Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 368. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  9. Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 203.
  10. Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  11. "Billboard Year-End Charts 1972" (PDF).

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