Co-written and first recorded (as a demo) by Barry Mann (1961).
Hit versions by The Paris Sisters (US #5 1961), Jimmy Crawford (UK #18 1961), Paul & Barry Ryan (UK #21 1966), Bobby Vinton (US #9/MOR #2 1968), Lynn Anderson (C&W #18 1979), Glen Campbell (C&W #17 1983).
From Songfacts.com: “‘I Love How You Love Me’ was written by Barry Mann (‘Who Put the Bomp’, ‘Venus in Blue Jeans‘, ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place‘, ‘Never Gonna Let You Go‘) and Larry Kolber, and first recorded as a demo by Mann in 1961. According to Rich Podolsky’s book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear, Kolber’s post-military career (he had been a journalist for Stars & Stripes) found him, first, a whiskey salesman and, then, after a casual encounter, a budding lyricist – an unpredictable twist. It was while having lunch at a cafe on Manhattan across the street from Aldon Music that Kolber literally jotted down on a napkin the lyrics, in minutes, to ‘I Love How You Love Me’! Kolber went across to Aldon to look for someone to set his lyrics to music. Barry Mann happened to be in the Aldon offices just at that moment, and it was he who set Kolber’s lyrics to music.
“Tony Orlando was originally slated to sing it, but Phil Spector happened to drop by and asked for the song for one of his girl groups. Kolber was disappointed, thinking that he’d lost a shot at fame without Orlando’s voice.
“Given the song by Spector, the sisters Paris rehearsed the song endlessly with Spector at Goldstar Studios, in Hollywood, to a piano accompaniment until Spector was satisfied with the vocal balance, after which a string arrangement by Spector and collaborator Hank Levine was added. According to Lester Sill, with whom Spector was then staying, Spector would bring the tapes for ‘I Love How You Love Me’ from Gold Star Studios every evening to review in his room: ‘He would wake me up at three or four in the morning, listening to [the song] over and over again at a very low level.’ Sill says Spector ‘must have remixed the strings on that song thirty times; then listened to it for another four or five days before he was sure it was right. Then finally when the record was pressed he listened to the pressing for another two or three days before he gave it an approval.'”
The Paris Sisters, “I Love How You Love Me” (1961):
Jimmy Crawford, “I Love How You Love Me” (1961):
Paul & Barry Ryan, “I Love How You Love Me” (1966):
Bobby Vinton, “I Love How You Love Me” (1968):
Lynn Anderson, “I Love How You Love Me” (1979):
Glen Campbell, “I Love How You Love Me” (1983):