I'm Leaving It Up to You

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"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
I'm Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace.jpg
Single by Dale & Grace
from the album I'm Leaving It Up to You
B-side "Stop and Think It Over"
Released September 1963
Format 45 rpm
Recorded 1963
Genre Pop, doo-wop
Length 2:13
Label Montel
Songwriter(s) Don F. Harris, Dewey Terry
Producer(s) Sam Montel
Dale & Grace singles chronology
"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
(1963)
"Stop and Think It Over"
(1964)

"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
(1963)
"Stop and Think It Over"
(1964)

"I'm Leaving It Up to You" is a song written by and originally performed by Don Harris and Dewey Terry in 1957.[1] It was later popularized in 1963 by the American duo Dale and Grace, who took the song to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1974, Donny and Marie Osmond reached the top five on the US Hot 100 chart and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart with their cover version.

Dale and Grace version[edit]

"I'm Leaving It Up to You" first became popular when recorded by the duo Dale and Grace in 1963. Their version became a No. 1 hit in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late 1963. It was the first time a duet succeeded another duet at the top spot.[2]

The single also spent two weeks atop the easy listening chart. It was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Dale and Grace were in Dallas on the day of the assassination and scheduled to perform that night as part of Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars (with Bobby Rydell, Jimmy Clanton, and Brian Hyland), and moments before the assassination had waved to the president's motorcade from a vantage point near their hotel.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Donny and Marie Osmond version[edit]

"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
I'm Leaving It Up to You - Donny and Marie Osmond.jpg
Single by Donny and Marie Osmond
from the album I'm Leaving It All Up to You
B-side "The Umbrella Song"
Released July 1974
Format 45 rpm
Recorded Pop
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) Don F. Harris, Dewey Terry
Donny and Marie Osmond singles chronology
"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
(1974)
"Morning Side of the Mountain"
(1974)

"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
(1974)
"Morning Side of the Mountain"
(1974)

In 1974, "I'm Leaving It Up to You" again became a chart-topping hit in the US when brother and sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond covered it in September, it reached number 4 on the Hot 100 and number 1 on the easy listening chart.[6] It also reached number 2 in the UK. Their version became a gold record, as did the album from which the title track was taken.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

  • The song was covered in 1970 by Linda Ronstadt on her Nashville-recorded Silk Purse album.
  • Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius recorded their version in 1976, it was included on their album I Don't Want to Have to Marry You.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don & Dewey: Jungle Hop, Legends of Speciality Records, Speciality Records (1991), liner notes
  2. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits – revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 140. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  4. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1963/Top 100 Songs of 1963". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 187.
  7. ^ http://www.worldation.com/stories/osmond-family-little-known-stories-revealed/18/
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I'm Leaving It Up to You". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1974" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc)|format= requires |url= (help). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  12. ^ Bac-lac.gc.ca
  13. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1974" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Top Selling Singles for 1974". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 20. 4 January 1975.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  16. ^ Top 50 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1974
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-16.

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