The original version of "Young Love" was recorded by Ric Cartey with The Jiva-Tones on November 24, 1956. It was originally released in 1956 by Stars Records as catalog number 539 and one month later by RCA Records as catalog number 47-6751. Cartey's version never charted,
Sonny James released his version on Capitol in 1956. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on January 5, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at #1; on the Best Seller chart, at #2; on the Juke Box chart, at #4; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached #2. On Billboard's country music charts, it was a No. 1 hit for nine weeks, and remained the longest-reigning of James' 23 chart-topping songs on the chart.
The flip side of James' version was a song called "You're the Reason I'm In Love." That song was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country charts in early 1957. In 1971 (14 years after the original - James re-recorded that song in a faster-tempoed, horn-heavy rendition as "That's Why I Love You Like I Do". The re-titled version was released as a single and reached No. 1 in June 1972.