My Ideal

Margaret Whiting

Margaret Whiting

Composer Richard Whiting
Lyricist Leo Robin
Year Written 1930
About My Ideal
“My Ideal” was introduced in the 1930 movie Playboy of Paris by Maurice Chevalier. The song was recorded by Margaret Whiting, daughter of the composer, with Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra in 1943. It was a big hit for her.


Will I ever find the girl on my mind, the one who is my ideal?
Maybe she’s a dream, and yet she might be
Just around the corner waiting for me.

Will I recognize the light in her eyes, that no other eyes reveal
Or will I pass her by and never even know that she is my ideal?

Session / Album Information


“My Ideal” was recorded in July 1995 and released that year on Here’s To The Ladies.  The song is in tribute to Margaret Whiting. It was arranged by Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon.

My Ideal

Listen to My Ideal on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1995.

This recording released on:

  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 67349 — Here’s To The Ladies   (1995)
  • 1996: Columbia CD: SRCS-7936 — Here’s To The Ladies [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #62 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK60) Here’s To The Ladies

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