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"You Don't Know Me" is a song written by Cindy Walker based on a title and storyline given to her by Eddy Arnold in 1955. "You Don't Know Me" was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21, 1956, on RCA Victor. The best-selling version of the song is by Ray Charles, who took it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962, after releasing the song on his number 1 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. The first version of the song to make the Billboard charts was by Jerry Vale in 1956, peaking at number 14 on the pop chart. Arnold's version charted two months later, released as an RCA Victor single, 47-6502, backed with "The Rockin' Mockin' Bird", which reached number 10 on the Billboard country chart. Cash Box magazine, which combined all best-selling versions at one position, included a version by Carmen McRae that never appeared in the Billboard Top 100 Sides listing.

"You Don't Know Me"
Single by Eddy Arnold
B-side"The Rockin' Mockin' Bird"
ReleasedApril 21, 1956
Recorded1955
GenreCountry
Length2:34
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Eddy Arnold
Cindy Walker

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In his book Eddy Arnold: Pioneer of the Nashville Sound, author Michael Streissguth describes how the song came to be:

Cindy Walker, who had supplied Eddy with "Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me" (a number-one country record in 1949 and Eddy's first Cindy Walker release), recalled discussing the idea for "You Don't Know Me" with Eddy as she was leaving one of Nashville's annual disc-jockey conventions. "I went up to the Victor suite to tell Steve Sholes good-bye," she explained, "and just as I was leaving, Eddy came in the door."

Walker remembered him saying, "I got a song title for you... 'You Don't Know Me.'"

"But I know you," teased Walker.

"This is serious," replied Eddy, who proceeded to outline his idea.

The songwriter promised to let the idea stew in her head for a while. And soon, she remembered, the lyrics tumbled onto the page. "The song just started singing. It sort of wrote itself..."

"You Don't Know Me"
Single by Jerry Vale
B-side"Enchanted"
Released1956
Recorded1955
GenreTraditional pop
Length2:33
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Eddy Arnold
Cindy Walker
Producer(s)Percy Faith

The best-selling version of the song is by Ray Charles, who took it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1962, after releasing the song on his number 1 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. It was the follow-up single to "I Can't Stop Loving You", which held the number 1 position for five weeks. After being released in July, it was kept from the number 1 spot by "Sheila" by Tommy Roe. This version also topped the Easy Listening chart for three weeks in 1962 and was used in the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day. The song was the 12th number one country hit for Mickey Gilley in 1981.

The song has been performed or recorded by hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Charles re-recorded the song with Diana Krall on his number 1 album of duets, Genius Loves Company, the only song common to both of Charles' two number 1 albums. It was sung by Meryl Streep in the 1990 film Postcards from the Edge, by John Legend in the 2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "The Bat Mitzvah", by Robert Downey Jr. in the 1998 film Two Girls and a Guy, and by Lizzy Caplan.

Artists that released versions of the song:

Eddy Arnold

Chart (1956) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) 10

Jerry Vale

Chart (1956) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 14

Lenny Welch

Chart (1960) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 45
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 28

Ray Charles

Elvis Presley

Chart (1968) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 44
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 34

Ray Pennington

Chart (1970) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) 61

Mickey Gilley

Chart (1981) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) 1
US Billboard Hot 100 55
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 12
Canada Country Tracks (RPM) 1
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 6
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You Don t Know Me Cindy Walker song Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from You Don 039 t Know Me Eddy Arnold song This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources You Don t Know Me Cindy Walker song news newspapers books scholar JSTOR October 2008 Learn how and when to remove this template message You Don t Know Me is a song written by Cindy Walker based on a title and storyline given to her by Eddy Arnold in 1955 You Don t Know Me was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21 1956 on RCA Victor 1 The best selling version of the song is by Ray Charles who took it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962 after releasing the song on his number 1 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music The first version of the song to make the Billboard charts was by Jerry Vale in 1956 peaking at number 14 on the pop chart Arnold s version charted two months later released as an RCA Victor single 47 6502 backed with The Rockin Mockin Bird which reached number 10 on the Billboard country chart Cash Box magazine which combined all best selling versions at one position included a version by Carmen McRae that never appeared in the Billboard Top 100 Sides listing You Don t Know Me Single by Eddy ArnoldB side The Rockin Mockin Bird ReleasedApril 21 1956Recorded1955GenreCountryLength2 34LabelRCA VictorSongwriter s Eddy Arnold Cindy Walker Contents 1 Origin 2 Notable recorded versions 3 Charts 3 1 Eddy Arnold 3 2 Jerry Vale 3 3 Lenny Welch 3 4 Ray Charles 3 5 Elvis Presley 3 6 Ray Pennington 3 7 Mickey Gilley 4 References 5 External linksOrigin EditIn his book Eddy Arnold Pioneer of the Nashville Sound author Michael Streissguth describes how the song came to be 2 Cindy Walker who had supplied Eddy with Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me a number one country record in 1949 and Eddy s first Cindy Walker release recalled discussing the idea for You Don t Know Me with Eddy as she was leaving one of Nashville s annual disc jockey conventions I went up to the Victor suite to tell Steve Sholes good bye she explained and just as I was leaving Eddy came in the door Walker remembered him saying I got a song title for you You Don t Know Me But I know you teased Walker This is serious replied Eddy who proceeded to outline his idea The songwriter promised to let the idea stew in her head for a while And soon she remembered the lyrics tumbled onto the page The song just started singing It sort of wrote itself Notable recorded versions Edit You Don t Know Me Single by Jerry ValeB side Enchanted Released1956Recorded1955GenreTraditional popLength2 33LabelColumbiaSongwriter s Eddy Arnold Cindy WalkerProducer s Percy Faith You Don t Know Me Single by Ray Charlesfrom the album Modern Sounds in Country and Western MusicB side Careless Love ReleasedJuly 1962RecordedFebruary 1962StudioUnited Recording Studios Hollywood CaliforniaGenreCountry rhythm and blues pop soulLength3 14LabelABC Paramount 10345Songwriter s Eddy Arnold Cindy WalkerProducer s Sid FellerRay Charles singles chronology I Can t Stop Loving You 1962 You Don t Know Me 1962 You Are My Sunshine 1962 The best selling version of the song is by Ray Charles who took it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 1962 after releasing the song on his number 1 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music It was the follow up single to I Can t Stop Loving You which held the number 1 position for five weeks After being released in July it was kept from the number 1 spot by Sheila by Tommy Roe 3 This version also topped the Easy Listening chart for three weeks in 1962 and was used in the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day The song was the 12th number one country hit for Mickey Gilley in 1981 4 The song has been performed or recorded by hundreds of artists including Elvis Presley Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson Charles re recorded the song with Diana Krall on his number 1 album of duets Genius Loves Company the only song common to both of Charles two number 1 albums It was sung by Meryl Streep in the 1990 film Postcards from the Edge by John Legend in the 2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm episode The Bat Mitzvah by Robert Downey Jr in the 1998 film Two Girls and a Guy and by Lizzy Caplan Artists that released versions of the song Eddy Arnold 1955 Jerry Vale 1956 Jeanne Black 1960 5 Lenny Welch 1960 Patti Page 1961 on album Somethin Country The Anita Kerr Singers 1962 on album From Nashville The Hit Sound Ray Charles 1962 on album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Floyd Cramer 1964 on album Country Piano City Strings Manfred Mann 1965 on album Mann Made Rick Nelson 1965 on album Best Always Jackie Wilson 1965 on album Spotlight on Jackie Wilson Jan Howard 1967 on album This Is Jan Howard Country Elvis Presley 1967 on album Clambake Ray Pennington 1970 on album Sings for the Other Woman Roy Orbison 1973 on album Milestones Steve Marriott 1976 on album Marriott Bette Midler 1977 on album Broken Blossom Kenny Rankin 1977 on album The Kenny Rankin Album Mickey Gilley 1981 on album You Don t Know Me Juice Newton 1984 on album Can t Wait All Night Richard Manuel 1985 on album Whispering Pines Live at the Getaway Bob James and David Sanborn 1986 on album Double Vision The Heptones 1986 on album Changing Times Don McLean 1989 on album For the Memories Vols I amp II Marc Hunter 1989 on album Night and Day Israel Kamakawiwo ole 1990 on album Ka Ano i Charlie Rich 1992 on album Pictures and Paintings Emmylou Harris 1993 on album Cowgirl s Prayer Allen Toussaint 1994 on album Bluesiana Hot Sauce Diane Schuur and B B King 1994 on album Heart to Heart World Saxophone Quartet with Fontella Bass 1994 on album Breath of Life Van Morrison 1995 on album Days Like This duet with his daughter Shana Morrison David Sanborn 1995 on album Love Songs Jann Arden 1997 for the soundtrack of My Best Friend s Wedding Steven Houghton 1997 on album Steven Houghton Roseanna Vitro 1997 on album Catchin Some Rays The Music of Ray Charles Kenny Rogers 1999 on album After Dark Patricia Barber 2000 on album Nightclub Jennifer Warnes 2001 with Doyle Bramhall on album The Well Anne Murray 2002 on album Country Croonin Michael Bolton 2003 on album Vintage Janis Siegel 2003 on album Friday Night Special Ray Charles and Diana Krall 2004 on album Genius Loves Company Harry Connick Jr 2004 on album Only You Peter Cincotti 2004 on album On the Moon Sarah Geronimo 2004 on album Sweet Sixteen Michael Buble 2005 on album It s Time John Scofield 2005 with Aaron Neville on album That s What I Say John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles Willie Nelson 2006 on album You Don t Know Me The Songs of Cindy Walker Russell Watson 2007 on album That s Life Leon Jackson 2008 on album Right Now Michael McDonald 2008 on album Soul Speak Gina Jeffreys 2010 on album Old Paint Michael Grimm 2011 on album Michael Grimm Anna Wilson and Matt Giraud 2011 on album Countrypolitan Duets Lulu Roman 2013 on album At Last Michael Geier 2013 6 Ronnie Dunn 2014 on album Peace Love and Country Music Alison Krauss 2017 on album Windy City Crystal Gayle 2019 on album You Don t Know Me Ray Stevens 2021 on album Nouveau RetroCharts EditEddy Arnold Edit Chart 1956 Peak positionUS Hot Country Songs Billboard 7 10Jerry Vale Edit Chart 1956 Peak positionUS Billboard Hot 100 8 14Lenny Welch Edit Chart 1960 Peak positionUS Billboard Hot 100 9 45US Hot R amp B Hip Hop Songs Billboard 10 28Ray Charles Edit Chart 1962 Peak positionUS Billboard Hot 100 11 2US Hot R amp B Hip Hop Songs Billboard 12 5US Adult Contemporary Billboard 13 1UK Singles OCC 14 9Elvis Presley Edit Chart 1968 Peak positionUS Billboard Hot 100 15 44US Adult Contemporary Billboard 16 34Ray Pennington Edit Chart 1970 Peak positionUS Hot Country Songs Billboard 17 61Mickey Gilley Edit Chart 1981 Peak positionUS Hot Country Songs Billboard 18 1US Billboard Hot 100 19 55US Adult Contemporary Billboard 20 12Canada Country Tracks RPM 21 1Canada Adult Contemporary RPM 22 6References Edit Cover versions of You Don t Know Me by Eddy Arnold with Orchestra and Choir conducted by Charles Grean Secondhandsongs com Retrieved 29 April 2021 Eddy Arnold Pioneer of the Nashville Sound Upress state ms us Retrieved 2014 05 23 The Hot 100 Chart Billboard com Retrieved 29 April 2021 Whitburn Joel 2004 The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits 1944 2006 Second edition Record Research p 137 Jeanne Black A Little But Lonely Retrieved November 26 2016 Puddles Pity Party You Don t Know Me 3 October 2013 Archived from the original on 2021 12 21 Eddy Arnold Chart History Hot Country Songs Billboard Jerry Vale Chart History Hot 100 Billboard Lenny Welch Chart History Hot 100 Billboard Lenny Welch Chart History Hot R amp B Hip Hop Songs Billboard Ray Charles Chart History Hot 100 Billboard Ray Charles Chart History Hot R amp B Hip Hop Songs Billboard Ray Charles Chart History Adult Contemporary Billboard Official Singles Chart Top 100 Official Charts Company Elvis Presley Chart History Hot 100 Billboard Elvis Presley Chart History Adult Contemporary Billboard Ray Pennington Chart History Hot Country Songs Billboard Mickey Gilley Chart History Hot Country Songs Billboard Mickey Gilley Chart History Hot 100 Billboard Mickey Gilley Chart History Adult Contemporary Billboard Top RPM Country Tracks Issue 0385 RPM Library and Archives Canada Top RPM Adult Contemporary Issue 0402 RPM Library and Archives Canada External links EditEddy Arnold Pioneer of the Nashville Sound Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title You Don 27t Know Me Cindy Walker song amp oldid 1080310049, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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