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Looking for a Richard Jon Smith song

Raj wrote:

… not sure of the title but the opening words are “I don’t know why I love u but I do”. Now if u find me this then I will say u r a music wizard.

Brian wrote:

‘But I Do’ was a single released in 1976 and went to number 9 on the Springbok Radio Charts and is currently available on “12 Greatest Hits Of Richard Jon Smith” (EMI, catalogue number CDBU (WCPB) 522, released in 2010)

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Originally by Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry in 1961, titled  ‘(I Don’t Know Why) But I Do


Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

12 thoughts on “Looking for a Richard Jon Smith song

  1. This sounds like “Heavenly” by Ronnie Joyce ? The only cd available by Ronnie Joyce is ” Little Ronnie Joyce” but Heavenly is not on there . It was released on the LP titled ” I am not a lighty anymore”.
    CCP has the masters but not too keen to release any futher material as the cds released two years ago did and is not selling well. It was The Rockets- Feat Bones Delight, Richard Jon Smith, Jonathan Butler- I love how you love me, Cape Herald Hipcat Parade feat. The Rockets, Ivan Ross, Ronnie and Jonathan, Noel Mitchell, John Roberts and Athlone Express.

  2. I am looking for a song that is on an album with Richard John Smith and the Rockets. Not sure what the title of the song is but the opening words of the song is ” Heavenly heavenly” or it could be ” Ebony ebony”

  3. Hi Brian,

    Is “Love Thy Neighbour” by Richard Jon Smith available on any CD or compilation?

    Many Thanks,

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