Taking a Chance on Love

takingachanceonlove

PROFILE
Composer Vernon Duke
Lyricists John La Touche, Ted Fetter
Year Written 1940
About Taking a Chance on Love
“Taking a Chance on Love” was written for the 1940 musical Cabin in the Sky, where it was introduced by the great Ethel Waters and Dooley Wilson. The song works well for both jazz singers and instrumentalists, with significant recordings by Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland and Dizzy Gillespie.

Lyrics

Here I go again
I hear those trumpets blow again
I’m all aglow again
Taking a chance on love

Here I slide again
About to take that ride again
Starry eyed again
Taking a chance on love

I thought the cards were a frame-up
I never would try
Now I’m taking that game up
And the ace of hearts is high

Things are mending now
I see a rainbow blending now
We’ll have a happy ending now
Taking a chance on love

I walk around with a horseshoe
In clover I lie
And Mr. Rabbit of course you
Better kiss your foot good-bye

I’m on the ball again
I’m riding for a fall again
I’m gonna give my all again
Taking a chance on love

Session / Album Information

1956

“Taking A Chance On Love” was recorded on September 11, 1956 and released in 1957 on the album Tony. It was arranged by Ray Conniff.

This recording was released on:

  • 1957: Columbia LP 12″: CL 938 — Tony
  • 1976: Warwick LP 12″: PR 5021 — The Very Best Of Tony Bennett: 20 Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1976: Warwick/CBS LP 12″: CBS 5021 — The Very Best Of Tony Bennett: 20 Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1990: Columbia CD: SOY21552 — The Good Life
  • 2005: Collectables CD: CCL8053 — The Good Life
  • 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

1958

“Taking a Chance on Love” was recorded on December 30, 1958 and released in 1959 on the album In Person!. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording was also released on:

  • Columbia LP 12″: LE 10125 — In Person! With Count Basie
  • CBS LP 12″: 35DP159 — In Person! With Count Basie [Japan]
  • CBS LP 12″: 20AP1418 — In Person! With Count Basie [Japan]
  • Philips LP 12″: 840059BY — In Person! With Count Basie [UK]
  • 1959: CBS LP 12″: BPG 62250 — In Person! [UK]
  • 1959: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8104 — In Person! With Count Basie
  • 1959: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1294 — In Person! With Count Basie
  • 1959: Philips LP 12″: BBL 7398/SBBL 542 — In Person! With Count Basie [UK]
  • 1962: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62201 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [UK]
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8669 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  • 1980: CBS LP 12″: 32732 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco [UK]
  • 1983: CBS LP 12″ (Mono): 32373 — In Person! [UK]
  • 1990: Columbia CD: CK 08669 — I Left My Heart In San Francisco   (1990)
  • 1994: Columbia CD: CK 64276 — In Person! With Count Basie
  • 1999: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CD: UDCD743 — In Person!
  • 2007: Sony Music CD: 715320 — Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1
  • 2008: Jasmine CD: JASCD482 — Together At Last/A Perfect Combination
  • 2011: Disc #14 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK14) In Person!
  • 2011: Disc #23 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK23) I Left My Heart in San Francisco

1962

“Taking a Chance on Love” 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 #25 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK24) Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall

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