The Story Behind The Song: “I Know How He Feels”

Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire

Beginning June 11, 1988, Reba McEntire spent eight weeks atop the Billboard country album chart with her nineteenth album simply called “Reba.” The album surprised many of her fans. It featured a re-make of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” and a version of the pop and jazz classic “Sunday Kind Of Love,” first popularized by Fran Warren in 1946 and followed by a successful cover by Jo Stafford in 1947. “Sunday Kind Of Love” was suggested to Reba by her personal publicist Jennifer Bohler, and surprisingly reached a decent #5 on Billboard’s country singles chart.

With Reba having already reached the pinnacle of country music, some fans feared that she might be “going pop.” Some stars do this, and a few have done it quite successfully. Reba, however, wanted to quell this rumor. She had no intention of “going pop,” and proved it with the second single from the “Reba” collection, “I Know How He Feels.”

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