When Joanna Loved Me

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PROFILE
Composer Jack Segal
Lyricist Robert Wells
Year Written 1963
About When Joanna Loved Me
“When Joanna Love Me” is one of Tony Bennett’s more popular songs. When he sings it in concert, he introduces the song by saying “I love this song so much that I named my first daughter after it.” It’s a lovely ballad.

Lyrics

Today is just another day, tomorrow is a guess
But yesterday, oh, what I’d give for yesterday
To relive one yesterday and its happiness

When Joanna loved me
Every town was Paris
Every day was Sunday
Every month was May

When Joanna loved me
Every sound was music
Music made of laughter
Laughter that was bright and gay

But when Joanna left me
May became December
But, even in December, I remember
Her touch, her smile, and for a little while

She loves me
And once again it’s Paris
Paris on a Sunday
And the month is May

Session / Album Information

1963

“When Joanna Loved Me” was recorded on September 17, 1963 and released in 1964 on the album The Many Moods of Tony. It was arranged by Marty Manning.

This recording released on:

  • 1964: Columbia 45: 4-42996
  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8941 — The Many Moods Of Tony
  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2141 — The Many Moods Of Tony
  • 1964: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62245 — The Many Moods Of Tony [UK]
  • 1965: CBS EP: EP 6066 — When Joanna Loved Me
  • 1965: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2373 — Tony’s Greatest Hits, Vol. III
  • 1965: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9173 — Tony’s Greatest Hits, Vol. III
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62821 — Tony’s Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30558 — Love Story
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 1993: Columbia CD: CK 53571 — The Essence Of Tony Bennett
  • 2000: Columbia/Legacy CD: CK 63570 — The Ultimate Tony Bennett
  • 2000: Sony Music CD: 63570 — The Ultimate Tony Bennett
  • 2002: Columbia/Legacy CD: 86634 — The Essential Tony Bennett
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 84779 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits Of The ’60s
  • 2008: Columbia/RPM/Legacy CD: 731397 — The Essential Tony Bennett [Limited Edition 3.0]
  • 2011: Disc #28 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK27) The Many Moods of Tony
  • 2011: Disc #41 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK40) Love Story

1994

“When Joanna Loved Me” 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

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