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Not to be confused with Only Wanna Be with You.
"I Only Want to Be with You"
Single by Dusty Springfield
B-side "Once Upon A Time"
Released November 8, 1963
Format 7"
Recorded 1963, Olympic Studios, London
Genre Pop music
Label Philips Records
Writer(s) Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde
Producer(s) Johnny Franz
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"I Only Want To Be With You"
"Stay Awhile"

"I Only Want to Be with You" is a rock-and-roll song by Mike Hawker[1] and Ivor Raymonde. It was the first solo single released by British singer Dusty Springfield under her long-time producer Johnny Franz. It has since been recorded by many artists and has charted several times.


Recorded by Dusty Springfield while she was still a member of The Springfields, the song was released in November 1963, three weeks after The Springfields' final concert. The recording session took place at the original Olympic Studios in Carlton Street in London's West End. The song was arranged and conducted by Ivor Raymonde, and recorded by engineer Keith Grant. It was a popular success, reaching #4 UK, #12 US, #6 Australia, and #21 Canada. In the US, Dusty Springfield was the second artist of the British Invasion, after the Beatles, to have a hit, entering the Billboard chart at #77 in the last week of January 1964 (the Beatles having "She Loves You" at #69 and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #3).

Raymonde's arrangement is unmistakable with its relentless "ticker-ticker" beat and cascading drum rolls, full-on choirs and "Tower of Power" horn section pitched against soaring rock strings. It set the production standard for Springfield's later hits, such as "Stay Awhile" and "Little by Little". Springfield also recorded the song with an almost identical arrangement in German, with the title "Auf dich nur wart' ich immerzu".

The song was performed by Springfield on the first ever edition of the BBC's Top of the Pops on January 1, 1964.

The song was re-released as a 7" & 12" single (see cover in infobox) in 1988 coinciding with its use in a soft-drink commercial, and peaked at #83 in the UK.

Chart performance[edit]

Bay City Rollers version[edit]

"I Only Wanna Be With You"
Single by Bay City Rollers
from the album Dedication
B-side "Write a Letter"
Released August 1976
Format Vinyl, 12", 7"
Genre Pop
Length 3:27
Label Arista
Writer(s) Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde
Producer(s) Jimmy Ienner
Bay City Rollers singles chronology
"Rock and Roll Love Letter"
"I Only Wanna Be With You"
"You Made Me Believe in Magic"

In 1976, the Bay City Rollers covered the song, and their version is the most commercially successful to date. In both the UK and the US, they tied Dusty Springfield's chart rankings from 12 years earlier. However, in the US they spent five weeks longer on the chart.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles chart (1976) Peak
Australian ARIA Charts 8
Austrian Singles Chart 17
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 14
Canadian Singles Chart 3
Dutch Singles Chart 9
German Singles Chart 9
Irish Singles Chart[4] 2
Italian Singles Chart[5] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 8
WLS survey (Chicago) [6] 2
Year-end chart (1976) Position
UK [7] 61
U.S.[8] 102
Canada[9] 82
WLS survey (Chicago)[10] 14

The Tourists version[edit]

"I Only Wanna Be With You"
Single by The Tourists
from the album Reality Effect
Released November 1979
Genre Pop
Label Logo Records
Writer(s) Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde
Tourists singles chronology
"The Lonliest Man in the World"
"I Only Wanna Be With You"
"So Good to Be Back Home Again"

In 1979, the song was also covered by The Tourists, a band which included Annie Lennox on vocals. This was the band's first and biggest hit. The song was used on a montage of stars when Thames Television went off the air in 1992.


Chart (1979) Peak
Australian ARIA Charts 6
Canadian Singles Chart 50
Irish Singles Chart 13
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 83

Samantha Fox version[edit]

"I Only Wanna Be with You"
Single by Samantha Fox
from the album I Wanna Have Some Fun
B-side "Confession"
Released January 1989
Format Vinyl, 12", 7"; CD
Recorded PWL, The Borough, London
Genre Eurobeat, synthpop
Length 2:45
Label Jive records
Writer(s) Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Samantha Fox singles chronology
"I Wanna Have Some Fun"
"I Only Wanna Be with You"
"(Hurt Me, Hurt Me) But the Pants Stay On"

In 1988, Samantha Fox covered the song as "I Only Wanna Be with You" for her album I Wanna Have Some Fun. It was released as the second single in the United States and Europe from her third studio album I Wanna Have Some Fun (1988). The song was another hit for Fox, reaching number 16 in the United Kingdom and number 31 in the United States. The music video includes scenes of Fox hunting through trash cans, dancing, fireworks, and the singer in bed with her bespectacled lover.[11]

Television shows Fox performed the song on include Top of the Pops in 1989 and Viva el espectáculo on TVE1 in 1990.[12][13]


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian ARIA Charts 19
Austrian Singles Chart 19
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 13
French Singles Chart 10
German Singles Chart 25
Irish Singles Chart 9
New Zealand Singles Chart 28
Swiss Singles Chart 24
UK Singles Chart 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 31
Canadian Singles Chart 12

Track listings[edit]

UK 7" Vinyl(FOXY X11) Jive[14]
  1. "I Only Wanna Be With You" 2:45
  2. "Confession" 4:40
US Maxi Single(1195-2-JDJ) Jive[15]
  1. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Single Edit)" 2:45
  2. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Special Single Edit)" 3:19
  3. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Extended Mix)" 4:56
UK 12" Vinyl(FOXY T 11) Jive[16]
  1. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Extended Mix)" 4:56
  2. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Acapella Mix)" 3:17
  3. "I Only Wanna Acid with You (Mix 1)" 6:20
  4. "Confession" 4:40

Luis Miguel version[edit]

"Ahora Te Puedes Marchar"
Single by Luis Miguel
from the album Soy Como Quiero Ser
B-side "Sunny"
Released 1987
Format Airplay, Promo single
Recorded 1987
Genre Latin
Length 3:11
Label WEA
Writer(s) Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde, Luis Gómez Escolar
Producer(s) Juan Carlos Calderón
Luis Miguel singles chronology
"Todo El Amor del Mundo"
"Ahora Te Puedes Marchar"
"No Me Puedo Escapar de Tí"

Mexican singer Luis Miguel recorded a cover version of the song, titled "Ahora Te Puedes Marchar" (Now You Can Leave) which was released as the first single from his Grammy-nominated album Soy Como Quiero Ser, the first album recorded by the singer under the WEA record label. It was produced by Juan Carlos Calderón and adapted by Luis Gomez Escolar.[17] This single became very successful, peaking at number-one in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart for three non-consecutive weeks in 1987, being the first chart topper for the singer on the chart.[18] At the time, Luis Miguel was the youngest to score a number-one hit on the Hot Latin Tracks at the age of 17, ironically replacing veteran Julio Iglesias at the summit. In 2005, Luis Miguel included this song on his compilation album Grandes Éxitos.[19] This version ranked at number 28 in the Hot Latin Tracks Year-End Chart of 1988.

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were shot. The first one was shot with Angélica Rivera, while the second one was shot dancing in a bridge. The second one was included in Grandes Exitos Videos.

Chart (1987) Peak
United States Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Lo Mejor de Tu Vida" by Julio Iglesias
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
(Luis Miguel version) (first run)

August 22, 1987
Succeeded by
"Lo Mejor de Tu Vida" by Julio Iglesias
Preceded by
"Lo Mejor de Tu Vida" by Julio Iglesias
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
(Luis Miguel version) (second run)

September 12, 1987
Succeeded by
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos
Preceded by
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
(Luis Miguel version) (third run)

November 7, 1987
Succeeded by
"Que No Se Rompa la Noche" by Julio Iglesias

Other versions[edit]

1964 Les Surfs as "A Présent Tu Peux t'en Aller'" French

also recorded by Richard Anthony

1965 Enrique Guzman on his album Éxitos internacionalesas "Solo quiero

estar contigo" Spanish also recorded by Juan Ramón (es) on his album Más corazón que nunca

1966 Les Surfs as "Ahora Te Puedes Marchar" Spanish
1967 Helena Vondráčková as "Chytila jsem na pasece motýlka" Czech
1969 Elin as "Det har jeg altid ønsket mig" Danish

  • Agneta Zelán as "Jag Ville Vara Nära Dig" Swedish

1975 Chelsia Chan on her debut album Dark Side Of Your Mind

as "Jykevää on rakkaus" Finnish

1976 Howard Carpendale as "Ab Heute Weht Ein Neuer Wind" (German)

  • James Fung made his Cantonese cover as "天賜良緣" Chinese

1982 Barbara Dickson in medley with "Dancing in the Street"/ "He's a Rebel"/

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" on her album Here We Go...Barbara Dickson Live on Tour

1983 The Flirts on their album Flirts

  • Tony Hatch & His Orchestra on his album Quiet Nights

1986 Southside Johnny & The Jukes on their album At Least We Got Shoes 1989 Danny Chan on his album Yat sang ho kau (一生何求)

as "流浪者" ("lau long tze")

1991 Maywood on their Walking Back to Happiness album
1992 Paula Koivuniemi on her album Se kesäni mun

as "Haluun olla luonas sun" Finnish

1992 cont'd Wenche Myhre as "Hvis Bare Jeg Får Bli Hos Deg" Norwegian
1993 Beatriz Rico (es) on her album Baila Sin Parar as

"Ahora Te Puedes Marchar" Spanish

1997 Ash covered the song for a promotional tour[20]
1998 Annette Klingenberg (da) on her album Weep No More

Dead Man on Campus

1999 Argema (cs) on their album Milion Snů as "Žába"Czech

Arena after learning of Dusty Springfield's death on March 2, 1999. John introduced the song saying "Dusty, wherever you are, this one's for you, my love, with all my love."
as "Jykevää on rakkaus" Finnish

2001 Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on their album Blow in the Wind
2002 Vonda Shepard on her album Songs from Ally McBeal
2003 Maleewan Jemina (th) on her 2003 album Me & Moment in Time
2004 Tommy February6 on her single L・O・V・E・L・Y ~夢見るLOVELY BOY~
2005 Taiwanese female group 7 Flowers on their eponymous album

2007 Tina Arena on her album Songs of Love & Loss

  • The Shakers (Uruguayan band) as "Solo quiero estar contigo" Spanish:
bonus track on re-issue of band's 1965 album Los Shakers

2008 Shelby Lynne on her Dusty Springfield tribute album Just a Little Lovin'
2009 Jessica Andersson as "I Only Wanna Be With You" on her album Wake Up

  • Barbee (hu) as "Ámor nyila" Hungarian

2011 Amy Macdonald: recorded for a multi-artist Dusty Springfield tribute

album announced in 2008 then canceled, the track was first released on the multi-artist album Reworked, a fundraiser for Save the Children featuring songs used in John Lewis ad campaigns

2013 Lodovica Comello (it/es) as "I Only Want To Be With You" on her album


Uses on television[edit]

  • Was used in the opening for the TV series Arli$$
  • The Tourists' version of the song was played along with TV clips on 31 December 1992 - 1 January 1993 when Thames Television finished broadcasting before Carlton Television took over
  • The song was used in the British soap opera EastEnders when the character Sam Mitchell dug up the body of Den Watts
  • The song was used by TVNZ to promote TV2 changing the words to "I only want to be with 2!"
  • The song was also used as soundtrack in Greek Comedy TV series "Tilempora" (TV Storm) on Mega Channel in 2004.
  • The song featured in a John Lewis television ad highlighting how the company had been selling electronic equipment for a substantial number of years.
  • The song was used in a swimwear advert for Boux Avenue in 2014. The ad featured Jamelia, who also sang the song, with the chorus changed to "I only want to be with Boux".


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