Cold Cold Heart

Cold-Cold-Heart

PROFILE
Songwriter Hank Williams
Year Written 1951
About Cold, Cold Heart
Tony Bennett sings this song regularly in concert and always tells the story of how Mitch Miller played the song and asked Bennett to record it. Bennett told him he couldn’t sing it, as he wasn’t a country and western singer. He says that Mitch said he’d record it even if he (Mitch) had to tie him to a tree. “And so he tied me to a tree …” Bennett quips. It really is a beautiful and heartfelt song and was a big hit for Tony Bennett.

Lyrics

I tried so hard, my dear, to show that you’re my every dream
Yet you’re afraid each thing I do is just some evil scheme
A memory from your lonesome past keeps us so far apart
Why can’t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart?

Another love before my time made your heart sad and blue
And so my heart is paying now for things I didn’t do
In anger unkind words are said that make the teardrops start
Why can’t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart?

There was a time when I believed that you belonged to me
But now I know your heart is shackled to a memory
The more I learn to care for you, the more we drift apart
Why can’t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart?

Session / Album Information

1951

“Cold, Cold Heart” was recorded on May 31, 1951 and released that same year. It was arranged by Percy Faith.

This recording released on:

  • 1951: Columbia 78: 39449
  • 1951: Columbia 45: 4-39449
  • 1952: Columbia LP 10″: CL 6221 — Because Of You
  • 1955: Columbia LP 12″: CL 613 — Hall of Fame Series: A Treasure Chest of Song Hits
  • 1958:  Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1229 — Greatest Hits
  • 1958: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8652 — Tony’s Greatest Hits
  • 1966: CBS LP 12″: DP 66010 — A String Of Tony’s Hits (UK)
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: 70115 — The Last Picture Show – Soundtrack
  • 1986: Columbia CD: — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1986: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-558 — 16 Most Requested Songs [Japan]
  • 1987: CBS Special Products CD: A 20704 — Your Hit Parade – 1951
  • 1990: Columbia/Legacy CD: CK-40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1990: Columbia/Legacy CD: 40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1990: Columbia CD: 40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1992: Sony Mid-Price CD: 4724182 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1999: Sony International CD: 91207 — The Essential Tony Bennett: A Retrospective
  • 2000: Blue Jackel CD: 8427328030137 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits
  • 2001: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 8001 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2001: Sony Music CD: SRCS-9093 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2002: Columbia/Legacy CD: 86634 — The Essential Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Sepia Records CD: SEPIA 1028 — The Young Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Solo CD: 1214 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 3013 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2005: Sony Music CD: 4721952 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2005: ASV/Living Era CD: 5512 — Take My Hand…
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 84786 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits Of The ’50s
  • 2006: Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8120803 — While We’re Young: Original Recordings 1950-1955
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2008: Impact CD: 11105 — Purely
  • 2008: Columbia/RPM/Legacy CD: 731397 — The Essential Tony Bennett [Limited Edition 3.0]
  • 2011: Disc #3 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK3) The Columbia Singles, Vol. 1

1970

“Cold Cold Heart” was recorded on June 24, 1970. It features John Bunch on piano.

This recording released on:

  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: C 30240 — Sings His All-Time Hall Of Fame Hits
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65405 — Sings His All-Time Hall of Fame Hits
  • 2011: Disc #1 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK1) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1

2006

“Cold, Cold Heart” was recorded was recorded on February 15, 2006 with Tim McGraw and was released that same year on Duets: An American Classic. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 2006: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 82876809792 — Duets: An American Classic
  • 2006: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 82876887352 — Duets: An American Classic [Target Stores]
  • 2006: Sony BMG CD: 828768858721 — Duets: An American Classic [Australia]
  • 2006: Sony BMG CD: 82876885862 — Duets: An American Classic [UK, Singapore]
  • 2011: Disc #70 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK68) Duets: An American Classic

2012

“Cold, Cold Heart” was recorded in 2012 with Vicentico and released on Viva Duets.

This recording released on:

  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88725473102 – Viva Duets
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765400972 – Viva Duets (Target Release)
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765402412 – Viva Duets (Deluxe edition)

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