Always (Irving Berlin song)

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Written 1925
Writer(s) Irving Berlin
Recorded by Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Corgan, Guy Lombardo, Leonard Cohen, Phil Collins, Machito, The Ink Spots, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Paul McCartney, Marvin Gaye

"Always" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1925, as a wedding gift for his wife Ellin McKay, whom he married in 1926, and to whom he presented the substantial royalties. The song was supposed to be used for the Marx Brothers' Broadway musical The Cocoanuts but was cut by Berlin during out-of-town tryouts.

Notable recordings[edit]

  • Henry Burr on February 10, 1926 and released on Victor 19959.
  • Nick Lucas on February 13, 1926 and released on Brunswick 3088
  • George Olsen & his Music (vocal by trio Edward Joyce, Fran Frey & Bob Rice) on February 16, 1926 and released on Victor 19955.
  • Jesse Crawford (organist) on February 25, 1926 and released on Victor 20000
  • Layton & Johnstone released on Columbia UK 4017 in Sep 1926.
  • Deanna Durbin on December 15, 1944 and released on Decca 23397. Deanna performed the song in the 1944 film Christmas Holiday.
  • Guy Lombardo & his Royal Canadians (with vocal by Kenny Gardner) on January 3, 1947 and released on Decca 23817
  • Frank Sinatra (with orchestra directed by Axel Stordahl) on January 9, 1947 and released on Columbia 38686
  • Tore Faye's Quartet (Victor Molvik, piano - Ole K. Salater, bass - Finn R. Slåtten, bass - Tore Faye, clarinet) in Oslo on December 6, 1954 and released on HMV A.L. 3488.
  • Peggy Lee on July 17, 1974 and released on Atlantic 3915

Hit versions have also been recorded by such diverse artists as Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Tony Bennett, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Corgan, Leonard Cohen, Phil Collins, Machito and The Ink Spots. Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan also recorded it as a duet. Bandleader Sammy Kaye recorded it twice, in 1945 with singer Arthur Wright (hit single), and as part of a 1949 LP with singer Tony Alamo. Diana Ross & The Supremes performed a Motown-styled version of the song in a tribute to Irving Berlin on The Ed Sullivan Show. Lynda Carter would close her TV specials with the song. Mandy Patinkin sang the song to his character Rube's daughter in the TV series Dead Like Me. Paul McCartney recorded it for his 2012 album Kisses on the Bottom.[1]

In 1928, this song was featured multiple times in the Universal partial talkie feature "Lonesome". This love story is about 2 strangers who meet one day on Coney Island. He plays a 78 rpm disk in his apartment and she also thinks of the song on her own. There is an on screen display of lines of the melody, accompanied by the lyrics. Lonesome, directed by Paul Fejos.[2] In 1942 it was used as the theme music for the film The Pride of the Yankees. It was also used in the 1945 film Blithe Spirit, based on the Noël Coward play.[3]


  1. ^ Waddell, Ray (10 February 2012). "Paul McCartney: The Billboard Cover Story". Billboard. p. 1. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ (1928)
  3. ^ Blithe Spirit (1945) at the Internet Movie Database