If I Give My Heart to You

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"If I Give My Heart to You" is a popular song written by Jimmy Brewster, Jimmie Crane, and Al Jacobs.

The most popular versions of the song were recorded by Doris Day and Denise Lor; both charted in 1954. Anne Shelton recorded a version for the UK market, but it lost out to the Day version, as well as one by Joan Regan which became the highest charting version in that country.

The recording by Doris Day was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40300. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on September 11, 1954. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at #4; on the Best Seller chart, at #4; on the Juke Box chart, at #3.[1]

The recording by Denise Lor was released by Majar Records as catalog number 27. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on August 25, 1954 and lasted 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at #13.[1] Dinah Shore recorded the song for RCA Victor. Her version was listed as a co-best-seller in Cashbox magazine. Other co-best-sellers were Connee Boswell and the Wright Brothers. Nat King Cole also recorded a cover of this song for his 1954 EP Nat King Cole Sings: this EP peaked at #5 in the US.

A version by Kitty Kallen also charted in 1959. Ella Fitzgerald recorded this song in 1968 on her Columbia album, "30 by Ella". Later on the song was recorded by country singer Margo Smith in 1979, where it went to #10 on the Country charts.

The song was referenced in the 1986 film "Crocodile Dundee", when the title character, played by Paul Hogan, sang the parody lyrics "if i give my heart to you, i'll have none and you'll have two".

In 2008 the song was recorded by soul singer Solomon Burke on his album Like a Fire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.