Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

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PROFILE
Songwriters Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
Year Written 1964
About Who Can I Turn To
“Who Can I Turn To” was written for the British musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd. Producer David Merrick saw the production in London and decided to bring it to America, starting first with a nationwide tour. Around that time, Tony Bennett made this recording, which was a hit for him; this helped bring attention to the musical and helped ensure its success in the US.

Lyrics

Who can I turn to when nobody needs me?
My heart wants to know and so I must go where destiny leads me
With no star to guide me and no one beside me
I’ll go on my way and, after the day, the darkness will hide me

And maybe tomorrow I’ll find what I’m after
I’ll throw off my sorrow, beg, steal, or borrow my share of laughter
With you I could learn to, with you what a new day
But who can I turn to if you turn away?

With you I could learn to, with you what a new day
But who can I turn to if you turn away?

Session / Album Information

1964

“Who Can I Turn To” was recorded on August 14, 1964 and released in 1964 on the album Who Can I Turn To. It was arranged by George Siravo.

This recording released on:

  • 1964: CBS 45: AAG 225
  • 1964: Columbia 45: 4-43141
  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9085 — Who Can I Turn To
  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2285 — Who Can I Turn To
  • 1965: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2373 — Tony’s Greatest Hits, Vol. III
  • 1965: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9173 — Tony’s Greatest Hits, Vol. III
  • 1965: CBS 45: 201735
  • 1966: Columbia 45: 4-33099
  • 1966: CBS EP: EP6151 — The Best Of Bennett [UK]
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62821 — Tony’s Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: C 30240 — Sings His All-Time Hall Of Fame Hits
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: CBS 68200 — All-Time Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: KG 31494 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1973: Harmony LP 12″: KH 32171 — 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]
  • 1982: Old Gold 45: OG 9184
  • 1982: CBS Special Products CD: — My Best To You
  • 1983: CBS Special Products LP 12″: P 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1986: Columbia CD: — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1986: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-558 — 16 Most Requested Songs [Japan]
  • 1990: Columbia/Legacy CD: CK-40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1990: Columbia/Legacy CD: 40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1990: Columbia CD: 40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1992: Sony Mid-Price CD: 4724182 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 66503 — Who Can I Turn To
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 58257 — My Best To You
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65405 — Sings His All-Time Hall of Fame Hits
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65316 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1997: Eclipse Music Group CD: 64859 — My Best To You
  • 1999: Sony International CD: 91207 — The Essential Tony Bennett: A Retrospective
  • 2001: Sony Music CD: SRCS-9093 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2002: Collectables CD: 9870 — My Best To You
  • 2002: Columbia/Legacy CD: 86634 — The Essential Tony Bennett
  • 2004:  Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2005: Sony Music CD: 4721952 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 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 #30 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK29) Who Can I Turn To

1976-1

“Who Can I Turn To” was recorded in September, 1976 but was not released until the 1999 Rhino release of Together Again.

This recording released on:

  • 1999: Rhino CD: R2 75837 — Together Again
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2003: Concord CD: CCD-2198 — Together Again
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #53 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK52) Together Again

1976-2

“Who Can I Turn To” (alternate, take 6) was recorded in September, 1976 but was not released until the 2003 Concord release of Together Again.

This recording released on:

  • 2003: Concord CD: CCD-2198 — Together Again
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

2011

“Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” with Queen Latifah 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

2012

“Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” was recorded in 2012 with Gloria Estefan and released on Viva Duets.

This recording released on:

  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88725473102 – Viva Duets
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765400972 – Viva Duets (Target Release)
  • 2012: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 88765402412 – Viva Duets (Deluxe edition)

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