All of Me (Ruth Etting song)

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This article is about the jazz standard. For other songs with the same title, see All of Me (disambiguation).
"All of Me"
Song by Ruth Etting
Recorded December 1931
Genre Jazz standard
Writer Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons

"All of Me" is a popular song and jazz standard written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons in 1931.

Versions[edit]

First performed by Belle Baker over the radio and recorded in December 1931 by Ruth Etting,[1] it has become one of the most recorded songs of its era, with notable versions by Russ Columbo, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Mildred Bailey, Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson in 1941, the Count Basie Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan (for the 1957 album, Swingin' Easy), Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine in 1947, Dinah Washington at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, Shirley Bassey in 1962, The Blue Diamonds, Della Reese, Johnnie Ray,[2] Django Reinhardt, Erroll Garner, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dove, Jean Frye Sidwell, João Gilberto (Disse Alguém), Michael Bublé, Miss Montreal in 2012 and The Rockin' Berries. Ani DiFranco covered the song in 2012 for the Documentary, Love, Marilyn. It is also covered by Eric Clapton on his 2013 album Old Sock with Paul McCartney. In an episode of the 1970s television show Sanford and Son, Redd Foxx (joined by Scatman Crothers on guitar) sings a short but memorable version. "All of Me" is also performed in the Muppet Show episode guest starring Paul Williams. The song is featured prominently in the 1984 Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin film of the same name.

In more recent years, it has been recorded by Pia Zadora, Anne Murray and Jason Danieley. Also, a punk rock rendition of the song was recorded by NOFX. The song was a major hit on records by Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong in 1932, and was successfully revived by Johnnie Ray in 1952.[2] Chelsea Krombach performed the song for her debut album Look for the Silver Lining. Laurence Juber has also performed and recorded this song in an all acoustic version played by him. It was featured on his album PCH in 2007. Michael Bublé has released a cover of it on his album, Crazy Love, to be re-released. It is the title track on the 2011 debut album of Australian singer Liam Burrows.

Jazz changes[edit]

"All of Me" appears in most versions of the Real Book. Generally performed with a swing feel.

NOFX version[edit]

"All of Me"
Single by NOFX
B-side "The Desperation's Gone"
Released 1996
Format 7" single
Genre Punk rock
Label Fat Wreck Chords
Writer(s) Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons
NOFX singles chronology
"Leave It Alone"
(1995)
"All of Me"
(1996)
"Timmy the Turtle"
(1999)

The American punk rock band NOFX released a version of "All of Me" as a single in 1996, backed with "The Desperation's Gone" from their 1997 album So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes. Their version of "All of Me" was also included on the 1997 compilation album Physical Fatness under the title "Olive Me", and on the band's 2002 compilation album 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "All of Me"
  2. "The Desperation's Gone"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Song: All of Me - Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b Johnnie Ray interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)

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