I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby

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This article is about the song. For the film, see I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby (film).
"I Can't Give You Anything but Love"
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Published 1928
Language English
Original artist Adelaide Hall
Recorded by Many artists; see #Recorded Versions

"I Can't Give You Anything but Love" is an American popular song and jazz standard by Jimmy McHugh (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics).

The song was introduced by Adelaide Hall at Les Ambassadeurs Club in New York in January 1928 in Lew Leslie's Blackbird Revue, which opened on Broadway later that year as the highly successful Blackbirds of 1928 (518 performances), wherein it was performed by Adelaide Hall, Aida Ward, and Willard McLean.

Background[edit]

Some controversy surrounds the song's authorship. Andy Razaf biographer Harry Singer offers circumstantial evidence that suggests Fats Waller might have sold the melody to McHugh in 1926 and that the lyrics were by Andy Razaf.[1]

Alternatively, Philip Furia has pointed out that Fields' verse is almost identical to the end of the second verse of Lorenz Hart's and Richard Rodgers' song "Where's That Rainbow?" from Peggy-Ann, the 1926 musical comedy with book by Fields' brother Herbert and produced by their father Lew:[2]

My luck will vary surely,
That's purely a curse.
My luck has changed--it's gotten
From rotten to worse.

"I Can't Give You Anything but Love" was the hit of Blackbirds of 1928, was McHugh and Fields's first hit, and has been covered extensively by subsequent popular artists and jazz musicians.

Use in the Media[edit]

Recorded Versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists, including:

More modern artists who have covered the song include James Darren on his 2001 album Because of You, and Buffalo Crooner Mark Weber.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby" at Jazz Standards
  2. ^ Furia, Joseph. The Poets of Tin Pan Alley. 1990. pp. 216-17.
  3. ^ a b Columbia Records in the 38000 to 38499 series
  4. ^ a b c OKeh Records in the 8500 to 8966 series
  5. ^ a b c d e OKeh Records in the 41000 to 41499 series
  6. ^ Video on Youtube from the 1943 movie "Jam Session" on YouTube
  7. ^ Ricky Riccardi, "80 Years of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
  8. ^ a b c d Victor Records in the 21500 to 21999 series
  9. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 15500 to 15999 series
  10. ^ Disc Records discography
  11. ^ Vocalion Records in the 1000 to 1499 series
  12. ^ Variety Records released in 1937
  13. ^ a b c Harmony Records in the 1001P to 2027P series
  14. ^ a b Supertone Records in the 1001P to 2027P series
  15. ^ Montgomery Ward Records in the 4500 to 5041 series
  16. ^ Victor Records in the 25500 to 25900 series
  17. ^ Columbia Records in the 36500 to 36999 series
  18. ^ a b Supertone Records in the 9000 to 9498 series
  19. ^ a b c d Brunswick Records in the 4000 to 4499 series
  20. ^ a b Challenge Records in the 500 to 999 series
  21. ^ a b Banner Records in the 7000 to 7265 series
  22. ^ a b Jewel Records in the 5000 to 5499 series
  23. ^ Prestige Records discography, 1933 to 1948
  24. ^ Swing Records discography
  25. ^ Decca Records in the 27500 to 27999 series
  26. ^ Capitol Records in the 500 to 999 series
  27. ^ Capitol Records in the 10000 to 10210 series
  28. ^ a b Dean Martin 78 rpm discography on the Dean Martin fan site
  29. ^ a b Dean Martin 45 rpm discography on the Dean Martin fan site
  30. ^ a b c Brunswick Records in the 6500 to 6999 series
  31. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-3500 to 20-3999 series
  32. ^ Mercury Records in the 8000 to 8310 series
  33. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 3500 to 3999 series
  34. ^ Mercury Records in the 89000 to 89098 series
  35. ^ Clef Records catalog
  36. ^ Discovery Records discography
  37. ^ Commodore Records in the series
  38. ^ US Decca Records in the 18000 to 18499 series
  39. ^ Conqueror Records in the 9500 to 9960 series
  40. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 500 to 5499 series
  41. ^ Bluebird Records in the 10500 to 10999 series
  42. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-1500 to 20-1999 series
  43. ^ a b Columbia Records in the 37500 to 37999 series
  44. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 3000 to 3499 series

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