Composer Victor Schertzinger
Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Year Written 1941
About Tangerine
“Tangerine” was written for the 1942 movie The Fleet’s In, which starred Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, Eddie Bracken and introduced Betty Hutton. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, with vocalists Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly, made a very successful recording in 1942.


South American stories tell of a girl who is quite a dream
The beauty of her race.
Though you’ll doubt all the stories and think the tales are just a bit extreme
Wait till you see her face
Ooh, Tangerine, she is all they claim
With her eyes of night, and lips as bright as flame
Tangerine, when she dances by,
Senoritas stare and cabolleros sigh
And I’ve seen toasts to Tangerine
Raised in every bar, across the Argentine
Yes, she’s got them all on the run
But her heart belongs to just one
Her heart belongs to Tangerine

Session / Album Information


“Tangerine” was recorded in July 1995 and released that year on Here’s To The Ladies.  The song is in tribute to Helen O’Connell. It was arranged and conducted by Bill Holman.


Listen to Tangerine 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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