Guilty (Richard Whiting, Harry Akst and Gus Kahn song)

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Single by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Desmond
Released1946 (1946)
LabelCapitol Records
Songwriter(s)Richard A. Whiting, Harry Akst, Gus Kahn

"Guilty" is a popular song published in 1931. The music was written by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst. The lyrics were written by Gus Kahn.

The song was popularized by Margaret Whiting (Richard Whiting's daughter) and by Johnny Desmond in 1946. The Whiting recording was made on October 9, 1946, and released by Capitol Records (catalog number 324). It reached No. 4 on the Billboard chart. The Desmond recording was made on December 6, 1946, and released by RCA Victor (catalog number 20-2109). It reached No. 12 on the Billboard chart.

An early version was featured on the soundtrack of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 film, Amélie, a Decca recording made on December 2, 1931 by Al Bowlly, a popular British singer of the thirties, accompanied by Roy Fox and his Orchestra.[1][2] Al Bowlly also recorded the song on several other occasions.

Other recordings were made by:


  1. ^ "Al Bowlly Discography - 1931". Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved 2007-08-19.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Discography Archived 2007-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Guilty
  4. ^ "Billie Holiday - Guilty". Archived from the original on 17 January 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Billie Holiday Studio Songs". Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  6. ^ Mercury Records in the 3001 to 3072 range