For Once In My Life

ForOnceInMyLife

PROFILE
Songwriters Ron Miller, Orlando Murden
Year Written 1967
About For Once In My Life
“For Once In My Life” was written for the Motown Record’s Jobete publising company. This song not only found a success as a Motown song, with recordings by Stevie Wonder and Jean duShon, but also as a popular standard, starting with Tony Bennett’s recording in 1967. Thanks to Tony Bennett’s recording of the song, it’s been sung by other popular and jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Lyrics

For once in my life I have someone who needs me
Someone I’ve needed so long
For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
Somehow I know I’ll be strong

For once I can touch what my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Oooh Someone warm like you
Would make my dream come true

Yeah yeah yeah

For once in my life I won’t let sorrow hurt me
Not like it hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won’t desert me
I’m not alone anymore

For once, I can say, this is mine, you can’t take it
As long as I know I have love, I can make it
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me

HE He He Hey yeah
Ooh baby ooh baby

For once in my life I won’t let sorrow hurt me
Not like it hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won’t desert me
I’m not alone anymore

For once, I can say, this is mine, you can’t take it
Long as I know I have love, I can make it
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me

For once in my life
Yeah Somebody like my
Ooh baby

Session / Album Information

1967

“For Once In My Life” was recorded on July 18, 1967 and released that year on the album For Once In My Life. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1967: CBS 45: 3064
  • 1967: Columbia 45: 4-44258
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9573 — For Once In My Life
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2773 — For Once In My Life
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 63166 — For Once In My Life (UK)
  • 1969: CBS LP 12″: 63612 — Greatest Hits, Volume II (UK)
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9814 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits, Vol. IV
  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: C 30240 — Sings His All-Time Hall Of Fame Hits
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: CBS 68200 — All-Time Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: KG 31494 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1976: Warwick LP 12″: PR 5021 — The Very Best Of Tony Bennett: 20 Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1976: Warwick/CBS LP 12″: CBS 5021 — The Very Best Of Tony Bennett: 20 Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1982: CBS Special Products CD: — My Best To You
  • 1983: CBS Special Products LP 12″: P 16655 — My Best To You1986:
  • 1986: Columbia CD: — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1986: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-558 — 16 Most Requested Songs [Japan]
  • 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
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 58257 — My Best To You
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65405 — Sings His All-Time Hall of Fame Hits
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65316 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1997: Eclipse Music Group CD: 64859 — My Best To You
  • 2001: Sony Music CD: SRCS-9093 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2002: Collectables CD: 9870 — My Best To You
  • 2002: Columbia/Legacy CD: 86634 — The Essential Tony Bennett
  • 2003: Globo/Columbia CD: 0030 2 — All The Best [Brazil]
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2005: Sony Music CD: 4721952 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 84779 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits Of The ’60s
  • 2008: Columbia/RPM/Legacy CD: 731397 — The Essential Tony Bennett [Limited Edition 3.0]
  • 2009: Beat Goes On CD: 886 — For Once In My Life/I’ve Gotta Be Me [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #35 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK34) Tony Makes It Happen!

1971

“For Once In My Life” was recorded on January 31, 1971 and released that year on the album Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30953 — Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2011: Disc #42 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK41) Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra

2006

“For Once In My Life” was recorded on February 4, 2006 with Stevie Wonder 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
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

2012

“For Once In My Life” was recorded in 2012 with Marc Anthony 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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