I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

PROFILE
Composer Jimmy McHugh
Lyricist Dorothy Fields
Year Written 1928
About I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” was written for the 1928 revue Blackbirds of 1928, produced by Lew Leslie. The song was the first big hit for this songwriting pair. It has been a widely recorded jazz and popular standard, with recordings by Ukelele Ike, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Anita O’Day and many others.

Lyrics

I can’t give you anything but love, baby
That’s the only thing I’ve plenty of, baby
Dream a while, scheme a while
We’re sure to find
Happiness and I guess

All those things you’ve always pined for
Gee, I’d like to see you looking swell, baby
Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn’t sell, baby
Till that lucky day
You know darned well, baby
I can’t give you anything but love

Session / Album Information

1950

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” was recorded on April 17, 1950 and released in 1950 as a single 78 on Columbia 3-38856. It was arranged by Marty Manning.

This recording released on:

  • 1950:  Columbia 78: 38856
  • 1951:  Columbia 78: 39187
  • 1951:  Columbia 45: 4-39187
  • 2000: Blue Jackel CD: 8427328030137 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits
  • 2001:  Blue Moon CD: BMCD 8001 — Blue Velvet and Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2004:  Solo CD: 1214 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits
  • 2004: Blue Moon CD: BMCD 3013 — Blue Velvet And Other Early Hits [Spain]
  • 2007:  Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2011: Disc #32 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK31) The Movie Song Album

1956

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love was recorded on September 13, 1956 and released in 1957 on the album Tony.


This recording also released on:

  • 1956: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2550 — Because Of You
  • 1957: Columbia LP 12″: CL 938 — Tony
  • 2008: Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #10 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK10) Tony

2014

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” was recorded in 2014 with Lady Gaga and released that year on Cheek To Cheek. It was arranged by Lee Musiker, with instrumental arrangements by Brian Newman, Alex Smith and Steve Kortyka.

This recording released on:

  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021493-02 – Cheek To Cheek (standard edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021494-02 – Cheek To Cheek (deluxe edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021861-03 – Cheek To Cheek (Target edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021688-02 – Cheek To Cheek (HSN edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: Cheek To Cheek (iTunes edition)

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