I Wanna Be Loved

Johnny Green

Johnny Green


PROFILE
Composer Johnny Green
Lyricists Edward Heyman, Billy Rose
Year Written 1933
About I Wanna Be Loved
“I Wanna Be Loved” was composed by Johnny Green, who is probably best known for “Body and Soul.” While attending Harvard (he was admitted at the age of 15 in 1923), he played trombone and did arrangements for Harvard’s Gold Coast Orchestra. Carmen Lombardo (Guy’s brother) hired him to write arrangements between semesters. Encouraged by his father to become a stockbroker, Green quit Wall Street and embarked on a musical career as a composer, arranger, band leader and pianist. Green was a board member for ASCAP and chairman of the musical branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and conducted the orchestra for many Academy Award telecasts.

Lyrics

I wanna be loved with inspiration!
I wanna be loved, starting tonight
Instead of merely holding conversation
Hold me tightI wanna be kissed until I tingle
I wanna be kissed starting tonight
Embrace until our heartbeats intermingle
Wrong or rightI feel like acting my age
I’m passed the stage of merely turtle-doving
(be careful, be careful, what you do)
I’m in no mood to resist,
And I insist the world owes me a lovingI wanna be thrilled to desperation
I wanna be thrilled, starting tonight
(love me, love me, love me)
With every kind of wonderful sensation
I wanna be loved

I feel like acting my age
I’m past the stage of merely turtle-doving
I’m in no mood to resist
And I insist the world owes me a loving

I wanna be thrilled to desperation
I wanna be thrilled, starting tonight
With every kind of wonderful sensation
I wanna be loved!

Session / Album Information

1950

“I Wanna Be Loved” was recorded on April 17, 1950 and was released as a single with “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” It was arranged by Marty Manning.

This recording released on:

  • 1950: Columbia 78: 38825
  • 1951: Columbia 45: 4-38825
  • 1951: Columbia 78: 38856
  • 1952: Columbia LP 10″: CL 6221 — Because Of You
  • 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]
  • 2005: ASV/Living Era CD: 5512 — Take My Hand…
  • 2011: Disc #3 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK3) The Columbia Singles, Vol. 1

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