It Had To Be You

It Had To Be You


PROFILE
Composer Isham Jones
Lyricist Gus Kahn
Year Written 1924
About It Had To Be You
“It Had to Be You” is a popular standard with many fine recordings, including those by Paul Whiteman, Cliff Edwards and Frank Sinatra. It has also be used in several fims, such as Casablanca and Annie Hall.

Lyrics

It seems like dreams like I’ve always had
Could be, should be, makin’ me glad
Why am I blue?
Its up to you to explain
I’m thinking maybe baby I’ll go away
Someday, some way, you’ll come and say,
“It’s you I need”
And you’ll be pleading in vain

It had to be you, it had to be you
I wandered around and finally found the somebody who
Could make me be true, could make me be blue
And even be glad, just to be sad – thinking of you

Some others I’ve seen might never be mean
Might never be cross or try to be boss
But they wouldn’t do
For nobody else, gave me a thrill
With all your faults, I love you still
It had to be you, wonderful you
It had to be you

Session / Album Information

1956

It Had To Be You was recorded on September 11, 1956 and released in 1957 on the album Tony. It was arranged by Ray Conniff.

This recording  released on:

  • 1957: Columbia LP 12″: CL 938 — Tony
  • 1982: CBS Special Products CD: — My Best To You
  • 1983: CBS Special Products LP 12″: P 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 58257 — My Best To You
  • 1997: Eclipse Music Group CD: 64859 — My Best To You
  • 2002: Collectables CD: 9870 — My Best To You
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2008: Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #10 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK10) Tony

1964

“It Had To Be You” was recorded on March 26, 1964 and released in 1964 on the album When Lights Are Low. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8975 — When Lights Are Low
  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2175 — When Lights Are Low
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9891 — Love Story: 20 All-Time Great Recordings
  • 1971: CBS LP 12″: 66297 — Love Songs (UK)
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5242 — When Lights Are Low [Japan]
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 69699 85807 2 — When Lights Are Low
  • 2007: Sony Music CD: 715320 — Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1
  • 2011: Disc #29 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK28) When Lights Are Low

1970

“It Had To Be You,” part of a medley with One For My Baby, was recorded on June 24, 1970 and 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

1994

“It Had To Be You” was recorded and televised live on April 12, 1994 on MTV. The MTV Unplugged album was released in June of that year. The songs from the televised concert were arranged by Tony Bennett and the Ralph Sharon Trio.

This recording released on:

  • 1993: Columbia CD: CK 66214 — MTV Unplugged
  • 2011: Discs #60/61 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK59) MTV Unplugged

2011

“It Had To Be You” with Carrie Underwood was recorded in 2011 and was released that year on Duets II. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697662532: Duets II
  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697961501: Duets II (LP)
  • 2011: Disc #71 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK69) Duets II
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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