“For Loving You”, a song written by Steve Karliski and Rossini Pinto, was recorded by Bill Anderson & Jan Howard for the Decca label, was recorded on September 27, 1966, at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, in the recording session Bill & Jan, were accompanied by: Jerry Shook (guitar), Ray Edenton (guitar), Jim Lance (guitar), Sonny Garrish (steel), Roy M. “Junior” Huskey, Jr. (bass), Leonard Miller (drums) and Floyd Cramer (piano).With the production of Owen Bradley, the song was released on October 16, 1966, on December 23, 1966, reached # 1 on the US charts. Hot Country Songs, for 4 weeks, and remained a total of 20 weeks in the charts. In Canadian RPM Country Tracks, It reached number # 8. The single was the duo’s most successful release. It was the fourth number one for Bill and the first and only for Jan.
The song was included in Bill & Jan’s first studio album, For loving you (Decca 1967), released in October 1967, on March 16, 1968, reached number 6 on the US Top Country Albums charts, remaining A total of 20 weeks on the charts.
In December of the same year, Skeeter Davis and Don Bowman, also released a version of “For Loving You”, for the RCA Victor label.
Bill Anderson and Jan Howard – For Loving You lyrics
(For loving you for needing you but most of all for loving you For loving you)
[ Bill ]
For loving you my life is so much richer
You’ve given so much to live for and I never really lived before before loving you
(For loving you)
[ Jan ]
And for loving you my faith is a little stronger
For a world that could give you to me couldn’t be as bad as it’s made out to be
There was good there I just could never see before loving you
(For loving you for needing you but most of all for loving you for needing you)
[ Jan ]
And for needing you I feel a whole lot stronger
For there’s a strength that comes from knowing you need to give up yourself
And darling I gave so much of myself loving you (for losing you)
[ Bill ]
And now I’m losing you and I’m a sadder lonelier man
Than I ever thought any man could be
But even in my loneliness even as I walk the hunting trail of memory
Even for all the pain that I’m feeling right now
Never once will I ever regret having had the chance of loving you (loving you)