Have I Told You Lately

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"Have I Told You Lately"
VM-HITYL.jpg
Single by Van Morrison
from the album Avalon Sunset
B-side"Contacting My Angel"
Released5 June 1989 (1989-06-05)
Recorded1989
Genre
Length4:20
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Van Morrison
Producer(s)Van Morrison
Van Morrison singles chronology
"I'll Tell Me Ma"
(1988)
"Have I Told You Lately"
(1989)
"Whenever God Shines His Light"
(1989)
Avalon Sunset track listing
10 tracks
  1. "Whenever God Shines His Light"
  2. "Contacting My Angel"
  3. "I'd Love to Write Another Song"
  4. "Have I Told You Lately"
  5. "Coney Island"
  6. "I'm Tired Joey Boy"
  7. "When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God"
  8. "Orangefield"
  9. "Daring Night"
  10. "These Are the Days"

"Have I Told You Lately" is a song written and recorded by Northern Irish singer and songwriter Van Morrison for his nineteenth studio album Avalon Sunset (1989). It is a romantic ballad that is often played at weddings, although it was originally written as a prayer.

It was released as the album's lead single on 5 June 1989, and reached number 12 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[1] It has become a popular cover song with many vocal and instrumental versions recorded by numerous artists and bands. In 1993, Rod Stewart's version charted at number five on both the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as on the UK Singles Chart.

"Have I Told You Lately" has received acclaim, winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals[2] and a BMI Million-Air certificate.[3]

Composition[edit]

Composed as a love ballad and built on the framework of "Someone Like You",[4] it is preceded on Avalon Sunset by the song, "I'd Love to Write Another Song" proclaiming "In poetry I'd carve it well/ I'd even make it rhyme." Then, in the words of Brian Hinton what follows is:

One of the finest love songs of the century, which I remember devastated me when I first heard it, as it seemed both something never quite said before, and yet a song I felt I had known forever. Earthly love transmutes into that for God, just like in Dante, 'there's a love that's divine and it's yours and it's mine.' The morning sun has set by the end of the song, suggesting love shading into death, but subtly.[5]

Reception[edit]

"Have I Told You Lately" was listed as number 261 on the "All Time 885 Greatest Songs" list compiled in 2004 by Philadelphia radio station WXPN from listeners' votes.[6] Van Morrison's original recording was also voted number six on a list of the "Top 10 First Dance Wedding Songs", based on a poll of 1,300 DJs in the UK,[7] and was ranked number 98 on the New York Daily News list of The 100 Greatest Love Songs, published on 12 February 2007.[8][9]

In October 2007, Van Morrison received a Million-Air certificate for over four million air plays of "Have I Told You Lately" from the prestigious BMI awards ceremony held in London, England.[10]

Charts[edit]

Other releases[edit]

Morrison chose "Have I Told You Lately" as one of the songs included on 1990s The Best of Van Morrison, his first greatest-hits album. It was also one of the songs on two of the compilation albums that were issued in 2007: Still on Top - The Greatest Hits contains a remastered version of this song and it was also featured on the compilation album, Van Morrison at the Movies - Soundtrack Hits. A live performance version was included on his 1994 album, A Night in San Francisco. In 1995 Morrison accompanied The Chieftains on a recording of the song for their album The Long Black Veil; this version was awarded the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.[3] A jazz arrangement is featured on the 2018 album Morrison recorded with organist Joey DeFrancesco entitled You're Driving Me Crazy.

Filmed performances of the song include a version recorded in 1989 that was featured on Morrison's video album Van Morrison: The Concert the following year. In 1997 Morrison performed the song in a duet with Sinéad O'Connor on Late Show with David Letterman; this version was subsequently released on the Live on Letterman: Music from the Late Show CD.

Rod Stewart version[edit]

"Have I Told You Lately (Live)"
Rod Stewart Have I Told You Lately single cover.jpg
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Unplugged...and Seated
B-side"Gasoline Alley (Live)"
ReleasedMarch 1993 (1993-03)
RecordedFebruary 1993
StudioUniversal Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenreSoft rock
Length4:08
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Van Morrison
Producer(s)Patrick Leonard
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Shotgun Wedding"
(1993)
"Have I Told You Lately (Live)"
(1993)
"Reason to Believe (Live)"
(1993)

Rod Stewart covered the song for his album Vagabond Heart (1991). A live version from his album Unplugged...and Seated (1993) was released as a single, becoming a number-five hit in the US[15] and the UK. This version also reached number four on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, [16] and spent five weeks at number one on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[17] It was certified gold by the RIAA in the US and sold 700,000 copies there.[18][19] Another live version by Stewart from his 2013 performance at The Troubadour, West Hollywood was included on the deluxe edition of his album Time.

Weekly charts[edit]

Studio version[edit]

Chart (1992–93) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[20] 33

Live[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[21] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[22] 41
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[23] 1
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[24] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[25] 59
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[27] 41
Poland (LP3)[28] 18
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 39
UK Singles (OCC)[30] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[31] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[32] 1
US Cash Box Top 100[33] 2

Year-end charts (Live)[edit]

Chart (1993) Rank
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[34] 9
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[35] 14
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[36] 98
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 32
US Cash Box [38] 22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[40] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Heb Ik Ooit Gezegd[edit]

"Heb Ik Ooit Gezegd
(Have I Told You Lately)"
Clouseau Have I Told You Lately single cover.jpg
Single by Clouseau
from the album In Stereo
LanguageDutch
English titleHave I Told You Lately
B-side"Heb ik ooit gezegd (Instrumentaal)"
Released29 January 1999
StudioSynsound, Brussels
Genre
Length4:15
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Music video
"Heb Ik Ooit Gezegd" on YouTube

"Heb ik ooit gezegd" ("Have I ever said") is a song recorded by Belgian pop band Clouseau from their eleventh studio album, In Stereo (1999). The song was produced by Kris Wauters and Jean Blaute. The song was released as the album's lead single on 29 January 1999,[42] and remained on the Belgium (Flanders) Ultratop 50 chart for sixteen weeks, peaking at number seven for two weeks.[43] It also spent eight weeks on the Netherlands GfK Dutch Chart, peaking at number 68. The song also spent eight weeks on the Netherlands GfK Dutch Charts and peaked at number 68.[44]

Background[edit]

Clouseau is best known for their ballads; but although lead singer Koen Wauters was eager to release more lively, upbeat songs, their cover of Van Morrison's romantic ballad "Have I Told You Lately" was chosen as the album's lead single.[45] The Dutch translation of Morrison's English lyrics was written by Koen Wauters and Yurek Onzia, and the song was produced by Kris Wauters and Jean Blaute.[46]

The song was recorded at Synsound Studio in Brussels, Belgium.[47]

Track listings[edit]

CD single EMI 8866632 (be) / EAN 0724388666329 [42]

  1. "Heb ik ooit gezegd" – 4:15
  2. "Heb ik ooit gezegd" (Instrumentaal) – 4:14

Personnel[edit]

Personnel list adapted from The Music Archive[48]

  • Koen Wauters – vocals
  • Kris Wauters – keyboards
  • Jean Blaute – guitar, Hammond organ, piano
  • Eric Melaerts – guitar
  • Evert Verhees – bass guitar
  • Walter Mets – drums

Chart performance[edit]

"Heb ik ooit gezegd" entered the Belgium (Flanders) Ultratop 50 chart on 6 February 1999 at number 27. Two weeks later on 20 February 1999, it peaked at number seven, where it remained for two weeks. It briefly dropped out of the top ten but returned to number eight on 20 March 1999 and held that position for two weeks. The song finally exited on 22 May 1999, having spent a total of sixteen weeks on the chart, five of which were in the top ten.[46]

In the Netherlands, "Heb ik ooit gezegd" entered the Dutch charts at number 88 on 1 May 1999, peaking three weeks later at number 72 on 22 May 1999. The song dropped out at number 90 on 19 June 1999, after a total of eight weeks on the chart.[49]

Certifications[edit]

"Heb ik ooit gezegd" was certified Gold on 19 March 1999 for sales in excess of 10,000 units.[50]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[51] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[52] 68

Other releases[edit]

Clouseau included "Heb ik ooit gezegd" on several of their subsequent album releases:

  • Ballades (2001)[53]
  • Clouseau20 (2003)[54]
  • Ballades (2010)[55]
  • Essential (2011)[56]
  • Clouseau30 (2017)[57]

Covers[edit]

Belgian X-Factor winner Udo Mechels[58] recorded a cover of Clouseau's version of the song for the album Braveau Clouseau (2007), produced by Hans Francken.[59][60] The album, a tribute to Clouseau, topped the Belgium (Flanders) Ultratop 200 Albums chart in September 2007[59] and was certified Gold in Belgium on 22 September 2007.[61] Udo performed the song live in 2011 at a concert in Lier, Belgium; Alexandra Soto of Gazet van Antwerpen described Udo's performance of "Heb ik ooit gezegd" as "beautiful".[62]

Other versions[edit]

"Have I Told You Lately" has been performed by many unknown as well as many famous artists.

In the media[edit]

Film[edit]

Desert Island Discs selections[edit]

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