It Had to Be You (song)
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|"It Had to Be You"|
|Song by Isham Jones Orchestra|
|B-side||"After the Storm"|
|Published||May 9, 1924Jerome H. Remick & Co.by|
|Recorded||April 24, 1924|
|Studio||Brunswick Studios, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York City|
|Genre||American Dance Music|
|Isham Jones Orchestra singles chronology|
"It Had to Be You" is a popular song composed by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was published on May 9, 1924 by Jerome H. Remick & Co. of New York. Isham Jones Orchestra recorded it on April 24, 1924 at Brunswick Studios, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York City, and it was released in July. By early August, it was the number 1 record in the United States, where it remained for five weeks, finishing as the Number 4 single of the year 1924. It is now in the public domain.
Appearances in film and television
- By Ruth Etting in the 1936 short film Melody in May
- By Edward G. Robinson and Harry Seymour with Seymour on piano in the 1938 film A Slight Case of Murder
- By Priscilla Lane in the 1939 film The Roaring Twenties
- By Dooley Wilson in the 1942 film Casablanca
- In the 1944 film Mr. Skeffington, by Danny Thomas
- By George Murphy in Show Business (1944)
- Betty Hutton in the 1945 film Incendiary Blonde
- By Ginger Rogers and Cornel Wilde in the 1947 film It Had to Be You
- Gene Kelly and Marie McDonald danced to it in the 1947 film Living in a Big Way (while it was being sung by a mixed group)
- In the 1951 film I'll See You in My Dreams (based loosely upon the lives of Gus Kahn and his wife Grace LeBoy Kahn)
- Joanne Dru sang a portion of it in 1955's Hell on Frisco Bay.
- Ray Charles on The Genius of Ray Charles (1959).
- Tina Louise, as Ginger Grant, sang it to Gilligan in the second season Gilligan's Island episode, "Forward March" (1966).
- Diane Keaton in the 1977 film Annie Hall
- Sung by Andrea Marcovicci (and Danny Devito) in the 1982 episode of the TV series Taxi, "Louie's Revenge"
- Peter Riegert and Amy Irving dance to the song in Crossing Delancey (1988).
- Featured in season 4 episode 7 of The Golden Girls, "Sophia's Wedding (Part 2) (1988)
- As the "theme" of When Harry Met Sally (1989), it finished as #60 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
- In the 1992 film A League of Their Own by Megan Cavanagh
- In the Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child", aired 2005
- Library of Congress. Copyright Office. (1924). Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1924 Musical Compositions New Series Vol 19 Part 3. United States Copyright Office. U.S. Govt. Print. Off.
- "Brunswick 2614 (10-in. double-faced) - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
- "Isham Jones and his Orchestra – The Syncopated Times". syncopatedtimes.com. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
- "Brunswick matrix Ch115-Ch117. It had to be you / Isham Jones Orchestra - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
- ASCAP ACE Database Archived 2003-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
- "Brunswick matrix 12760-12762. It had to be you / Marion Harris ; Phil Ohman - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
- Who Wrote that Song? Dick Jacobs and Harriet Jacobs, published by Writer's Digest Books, 1993