The U.S. release record label was titled ‘I Don’t Know Why’ and the UK record release and the Australian record release labels were both titled ‘But I Do’. The UK version spent 19 weeks in the charts and peaked at Number 3 in May 1961. The song was made popular again after its use in the 1993 television commercial for Fiat Cinquercento and its appearance in the 1994 film ‘Forrest Gump’ and the 1999 film ‘Mickey Blue Eyes’.
I dedicate today’s song to my nephew, Marcus Thorpe whose birthday it is today. Marcus is one of two married sons of my sister-in-law, Jill Thorpe, the brother to Luke, the husband to Ellie and the father to son, Jaxon.
I was so pleased to be able to attend the wedding of Marcus and Ellie several years ago. At the time I was very ill with my blood cancer and had just got over a nasty infection that had almost killed me off. Under usual circumstances, there was simply no way I would have chosen to meet any humans, and I’d been medically advised to avoid being in any crowd. My terminal blood cancer had rendered me with no effective immune system to fend off even the slightest bug or mildest cold that would have instantly given me pneumonia (something I had caught from simple colds on four occasions, and which had laid me up in bed and confined me to the house for six months during four of the six previous years).
Anyway, I knew how important it was to Marcus and Ellie that their Uncle Billy attended their special day down in Stoke on Trent. Special arrangements were made for me and Sheila to sit in a more isolated part of the room on our own table, and immediately following the wedding meal we left to return home as I couldn’t safely mix with the other wedding guests. It might only have been a few hours of my time to give but we thoroughly enjoyed the good marriage send off Jill had given her youngest son and daughter-in-law.
I sing today’s song in dedication to my nephew Marcus Thorp's birthday. May your special day be a happy. peaceful and long remembered day, Marcus. Love Uncle Billy x
Love and peace Bill xxx