One

One

PROFILE
Composer Marvin Hamlisch
Lyricist Edward Kleban
Year Written 1975
About One
“One” is from the musical A Chorus Line, which opened on Broadway in 1975 and ran for 6,137 performances. A Chorus Line won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Hamlisch and Kleban won the Tony for Best Original Score. The musical also won the Pulitzer Prize.

Lyrics

One singular sensation, every little step she takes
One thrilling combination, every move that she makes
One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
You know you’ll never be lonely with you-know-who

One moment in her presence and you can forget the rest
For the girl is second best to none, son
Oooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
Do I really have to mention she’s the one

She walks into a room and you know she’s
uncommonly rare, very unique
peripatetic, poetic and chic
She walks into a room and you know from her
maddening poise, effortless whirl
(One thrilling combination, every move that she makes
She’s a special girl)
strolling

Can’t help all of her qualities extolling
Loaded with charisma is ma
jauntily, sauntering, ambling, shambler
One, and you know you must
Shuffle along, join the parade
She’s the quintessence of making the grade
This is whatcha call trav’ling!

Oh strut your stuff!
Can’t get enough!
Ooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
Do I really have to mention
She’s the one!

Session / Album Information

1975

“One” was recorded in 1975 and was released as a single that year. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1975: Improv 45: TB715107
  • 1979: DRG CD: CDMRS 801 — The Special Magic Of Tony Bennett
  • 2000: Horatio Nelson CD: HNRCD9001 — The Essential Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #49 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK48) Tony Bennett’s Sings Life Is Beautiful

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