If I Didn't Care
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|"If I Didn't Care"|
|Song by The Ink Spots|
|Recorded||January 12, 1939|
"If I Didn't Care" is a song written by Jack Lawrence that was originally sung and recorded by The Ink Spots featuring Bill Kenny in 1939. The Ink Spots recording became the 10th best selling single of all time with over 19 million copies sold making it one of the fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide. According to Lawrence, he mailed the song before showing it to some of his friends. His friends' reaction to the song was almost unanimously negative, but he remained positive on it and later it became one of his biggest successes.
It was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame and was number 271 on the "Songs of the Century" list. In 2018, the Ink Spots' recording of the song was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."
In the 1950s, both The Hilltoppers and Connie Francis charted with the song. In 1974, a version recorded by David Cassidy peaked at No. 9 in the UK Singles Chart in May that year. Another notable cover came from The Platters (No. 30, 1961). Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album On the Sentimental Side (1962). In 1970, the soul group The Moments (later known as Ray, Goodman & Brown) had a hit with the tune that reached No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also covered by Madness for their 1999 album Wonderful. In 1999, Bryan Ferry covered the song as a B-side to his "As Times Goes By" single.
In popular culture
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- The Ink Spots appear as a guest quartet on the April 4, 1948 episode of The Jack Benny Program, singing a version of the song as the advertisement for Lucky Strike cigarettes.
- The song appeared in the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, sung by the actors Amy Adams and Lee Pace.
- The Ink Spots' recording was used on the soundtracks of the films The Shawshank Redemption, Get Low, Radio Days, and Hyde Park on Hudson.
- It was also used in the television series The Wonder Years.
- The song was supposed to originally be used for the original Fallout video game, but was not used in the final product.
- It can be heard in the video game BioShock.
- The song is often sung by Fred G. Sanford (Redd Foxx) on the 1970s television series Sanford and Son and was his character's favorite song.
- It was also used in the teaser trailer for The Strangers.
- The song is sung by a character in the "X-Cops" episode of The X-Files.
- It is sung by "The Moments" in an episode of Frank's Place.
- It was featured in the trailer campaign for the film Blade Runner, but was never used in the final movie. Instead a Vangelis composed song, in the same old style, entitled "One More Kiss, Dear" is heard in the background during the scene when Deckard is buying liquor from a street vendor after shooting Zhora.
- The song is heard in the show Crossing Jordan.
- This song was sung by Venus Flytrap in an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati titled "Fish Story".
- The song is used at the end of pilot episode of Defiance.
- The song is used in the end credits of the film, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.
- The song's title is sung by a group of sorority girls in the Spike Lee film, School Daze.
- "Songwriters Friends: The Ink Spots". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- Jack Lawrence Songwriter website Archived 2012-07-09 at the Wayback Machine.
- "National Recording Registry Reaches 500". Library of Congress. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 97. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.