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"Loves Me Like a Rock" is a 1973 song recorded by the Americanmarker singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Simon wrote the song, which appears on his solo album There Goes Rhymin' Simon.

"Loves Me Like a Rock" features background vocals from The Dixie Hummingbirds, a Southern gospel group. These vocals add a different texture to the song as compared to many of Simon's previous solo recordings ("Mother and Child Reunion", "Kodachrome") as well as those performed with his frequent collaborator, Art Garfunkel, as the pop duo Simon & Garfunkel ("The Sounds of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson"). Although the lyrics aren't typical of those commonly associated with gospel music, The Dixie Hummingbirds were eager to record the song with Simon, and the gospel group recorded their own version of the song soon after.

Simon's version of "Loves Me Like a Rock" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of October 6, 1973, kept from the summit by Cher's hit, "Half-Breed". It remained in the Top 40 for 14 weeks and was certified a Gold Record by the RIAA. This original version also spent two weeks atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart in September 1973. In addition, it reached the Top 40 in the United Kingdommarker, where it peaked at #39 on the UK Singles Chart. The album There Goes Rhymin' Simon was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Male Pop Vocal performance.

The gospel version of "Loves Me Like a Rock" by The Dixie Hummingbirds reached #72 on the Billboard R&B chart and won the group a Grammy Award in the category Best Soul Gospel performance in 1974.

References

  1. Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  2. Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of #1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. UK Singles Chart info at chartstats.com


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