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Published on April 27th, 2019 | by Gerry Galipault

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All About the Songs: Donna Lewis’ ‘I Love You Always Forever’

(This is part of a series of features on the classics, in the artists’ own words … culled from past interviews with Pauseandplay.com.)

Donna Lewis on “I Love You Always Forever” (Atlantic, 1996)

I was walking around home in England and was singing the melody in my head and I got back home and wrote down some of the notes so I wouldn’t forget it. But as soon as I started writing the rhythmic guitar parts and the choking little rhythmic thing that goes through the song, as I was doing it I was thinking ‘This is really catchy. This could be a good little pop song here.’

“Like other songs I had written at the time, every time I played it it brought out a smile to my face. As a writer, you kind of finish a song and you listen to it a few times and put it away. Well, I do anyway. It had that pop thing about it. Although I thought it was a good song and a potential hit song, I’m still shocked by how it’s been received because it’s one of my simple little songs that I’ve written.

That good little pop song spent nine weeks stuck at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, blocked from the top spot by “Macarena.” It stayed on the Hot 100 for 41 weeks, was certified gold and finished No. 8 on the year-end Top 100. Lewis, however, never reached the Top 40 again. Her next singles, “Without Love” and “At the Beginning” (a duet with Richard Marx), stalled at No. 41 and 45 respectively.

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