Have I Told You Lately?

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PROFILE
Composer and Lyricist Harold Rome
Year Written 1962
About Have I Told You Lately?
I Can Get It For You Wholesale, which marked the Broadway debut of the then 19 year old Barbra Streisand in a supporting role of Miss Marmelstein, a secretary. Her audition for the role was so good, that the writers enlarged her role to take better advantage of her prodigious talents. The cast album was recorded by Columbia Records, and Goddard Lieberson had the good sense to sign the young Streisand to a contract and thus Columbia produced her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, released in 1963.

Lyrics

Often through the day
As I work away
I resolve to get home early
With roses for my girly
And kiss her hand, her lips, her nose,
And say:

Have I told you lately you look so lovely,
Each time I see you my heart melts away?

In the rush of little everyday things
Sometimes you don’t say things
You mean to say

Have I mentioned lately I’m glad you took me
Instead of hooking someone with a million or two?

When I think of all the girls I could have been stuck with
I sure was in luck with the one I drew

Have I told you lately how much your husband loves you?

Session / Album Information

1962-1

“Have I Told You Lately?” was recorded on January 23, 1962 and released in 1962 on the album I Left My Heart in San Francisco. It was arranged by Marty Manning.

This recording released on:

  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8669 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1869 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  • 1962: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62201 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [UK]
  • 1980: CBS LP 12″: 32732 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [UK]
  • 1990:  CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5241 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [Japan]
  • 1990:  Columbia CD: CK 08669 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  • 2011: Disc #23 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK23) I Left My Heart in San Francisco

1962-2

“Have I Told You Lately?” was recorded live at Tony Bennett’s concert at Carnegie Hall on June 9, 1962, but was not released until 1997 on the album Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall: Complete Concert. Ralph Sharon arranged the song.

This recording released on:

  • 1997: Columbia CD: C2K 64609 — At Carnegie Hall June 9, 1962: Complete Concert
  • 2011: Disc #24 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK24) Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall

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