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]

Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields had already completed the score for their Broadway revue Blackbirds of 1928. However they still missed one song and it could not be an ordinary production, since the set list where it would be included needed a "smash" tune. The team pondered for a long time but could not come up with anything. One evening, while walking down Fifth Avenue, they saw an young couple window-shopping at Tiffany's. McHugh and Fields understood that the couple did not have the resources to buy jewelry from Tiffany's, but nevertheless they drew closer to them. It was then they heard the man say, "Gee, honey I'd like to get you a sparkler like that, but right now, i can't give you nothin' but love!" Hearing this, McHugh and Fields rushed to a nearby Steinway Tunnel, and within an hour they came up with "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby".[1]

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.[2] 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:[3]

Use in the Media[edit]

Recorded Versions[edit]

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga version[edit]

"I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
Single by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
from the album Cheek to Cheek
Released August 19, 2014
Format Digital download
Genre Jazz
Length 3:13
Label
Writer(s) Dorothy Fields
Tony Bennett singles chronology
  • "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
  • (2014)
Lady Gaga singles chronology
  • "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
  • (2014)

"I Can't Give You Anything but Love" was released as the second single from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's jazz collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek, on August 19, 2014. Gaga announced the release on Twitter, accompanied by the single's cover art.[4] The version on Cheek to Cheek has Gaga and Bennett alternating verses alongside piano, a brass section and drums.[5] She also altered the lyrics to sing "Gee, I'd like to say you're looking swell, Tony", who later rejoins with the line "Diamond bracelets won't work, doesn't sell, Gaga". An official video for the song would be released later in the week.[6]

A reviewer from The Honesty Hour said that "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" was a stronger release as a single than its predecessor from the album, "Anything Goes".[7] Jeff Benjamin from Fuse was positive in his review, saying that "[t]here's a walking bassline, gospel organs and brassy horn blasts to back the pair's soulful crooning. And while we love listening to Gaga and Tony, we really get into the throwback vibe when the trumpet solo kicks in.[8] Jesse David Fox from Vulture also gave a positive review, stating that "lot has been written about the creative and commercial shortcomings of Gaga's last record, [Artpop], but I, for one, am glad about its failure — because anything that frees her up to record more music with Tony Bennett is a win in my book. 'I Can't Give You Anything but Love' is a great example; Tony Bennett might be 88, but it's Gaga who hasn't sounded this alive in years."[9]

Other versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists, including:

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Burton, Jack (May 27, 1950). "The Honor Roll of Popular Songwriters: No. 62 — Jimmy McHugh". Billboard (William H. Donaldson): 42. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby" at Jazz Standards
  3. ^ Furia, Joseph. The Poets of Tin Pan Alley. 1990. pp. 216-17.
  4. ^ Gibson, Megan (August 19, 2014). "Lady Gaga Unveils Cover Art For Duet Album With Tony Bennett". Time (Time Inc). Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://radio.com/2014/08/19/lady-gaga-tony-bennett-i-cant-give-you-anything-but-love-cheek-to-cheek/
  6. ^ Grow, Kory (August 19, 2014). "Hear Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's Latest 'Cheek to Cheek' Love Song". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/new-music-tony-bennett-lady-gaga-i-cant-give-you-anything-but-love/
  8. ^ http://www.fuse.tv/2014/08/lady-gaga-tony-bennett-i-cant-give-you-anything-but-love
  9. ^ http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/best-new-music-of-the-week-benjamin-booker.html?mid=imdb
  10. ^ a b Columbia Records in the 38000 to 38499 series
  11. ^ a b c OKeh Records in the 8500 to 8966 series
  12. ^ a b c d e OKeh Records in the 41000 to 41499 series
  13. ^ Video on Youtube from the 1943 movie "Jam Session" on YouTube
  14. ^ Ricky Riccardi, "80 Years of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
  15. ^ a b c d Victor Records in the 21500 to 21999 series
  16. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 15500 to 15999 series
  17. ^ Disc Records discography
  18. ^ Vocalion Records in the 1000 to 1499 series
  19. ^ Variety Records released in 1937
  20. ^ a b c Harmony Records in the 1001P to 2027P series
  21. ^ a b Supertone Records in the 1001P to 2027P series
  22. ^ Montgomery Ward Records in the 4500 to 5041 series
  23. ^ Victor Records in the 25500 to 25900 series
  24. ^ Columbia Records in the 36500 to 36999 series
  25. ^ a b Supertone Records in the 9000 to 9498 series
  26. ^ a b c d Brunswick Records in the 4000 to 4499 series
  27. ^ a b Challenge Records in the 500 to 999 series
  28. ^ a b Banner Records in the 7000 to 7265 series
  29. ^ a b Jewel Records in the 5000 to 5499 series
  30. ^ Prestige Records discography, 1933 to 1948
  31. ^ Swing Records discography
  32. ^ Decca Records in the 27500 to 27999 series
  33. ^ Capitol Records in the 500 to 999 series
  34. ^ Capitol Records in the 10000 to 10210 series
  35. ^ a b Dean Martin 78 rpm discography on the Dean Martin fan site
  36. ^ a b Dean Martin 45 rpm discography on the Dean Martin fan site
  37. ^ a b c Brunswick Records in the 6500 to 6999 series
  38. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-3500 to 20-3999 series
  39. ^ Mercury Records in the 8000 to 8310 series
  40. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 3500 to 3999 series
  41. ^ Mercury Records in the 89000 to 89098 series
  42. ^ Clef Records catalog
  43. ^ Discovery Records discography
  44. ^ Commodore Records in the series
  45. ^ US Decca Records in the 18000 to 18499 series
  46. ^ Conqueror Records in the 9500 to 9960 series
  47. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 500 to 5499 series
  48. ^ Bluebird Records in the 10500 to 10999 series
  49. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-1500 to 20-1999 series
  50. ^ a b Columbia Records in the 37500 to 37999 series
  51. ^ a b Vocalion Records in the 3000 to 3499 series

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