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"Just Because" is a song written by Joe SheltonSydney Robin and Bob Shelton and originally recorded by Nelstone's Hawaiians ( Hubert Nelson and James D. Touchstone) in 1929 and later recorded by The Shelton Brothers in 1933.[1][2] Some sources say that Sydney Robin wrote the song alone and the Sheltons added their name when they recorded it.

Covers[edit]Edit

The song has been covered many times, especially since the Shelton Brothers recording. In 1933, RCA Victor released a version of the song done by the Lonestar Cowboys.[3][4] Nelstone's Hawaiians [5] Victor V40273 (1929)[6]

The song has also been recorded by Frankie Yankovic. Columbia agreed to release Yankovic's version of "Just Because" in 1948.[7]

Elvis Presley recorded the song on September 10, 1954 at the Sun Studios; while it was never released on Sun, it was included on Elvis's first album, Elvis Presley after he signed to RCA. Paul McCartney later recorded the song in a style that was similar to that of Presley's version on his Choba B CCCP allbum.

Al Hirt released a version on his 1964 album, Beauty and the Beard.[8]

One database devoted to rockabilly music lists 17 issues of "Just Because" in the 1950s and 1960s.[9]

"Just Because" is the theme song of the Peninsula Banjo Band of San JoseCalifornia. They have opened with the song at every performance since roughly 1966.

Jorma Kaukonen included a version on his 2002 album release Blue Country Heart.

The song is also included on Brian Setzers 2005-release "Rockabilly Riot Vol. 1: A Tribute To Sun Records"

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