This Guy's in Love with You
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|"This Guy's in Love with You"|
|Single by Herb Alpert|
|from the album The Beat of the Brass|
|B-side||"A Quiet Tear" (from The Lonely Bull)|
|Songwriter(s)||Burt Bacharach, Hal David|
|Producer(s)||Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss|
"This Guy's in Love with You" is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and recorded by Herb Alpert. Although known primarily for his trumpet playing as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, Alpert sang lead vocals on this solo recording, arranged by Bacharach.
As documented in a Biography cable episode featuring Bacharach, the recording originated when Alpert asked Bacharach, "Say, Burt, do you happen to have any old compositions lying around that you and Hal never recorded; maybe one I might use?" Alpert said he made it his practice to ask songwriters that particular question: often a lost "pearl" was revealed. As it happened, Bacharach recalled one, found the lyrics and score sheet, and offered it to Alpert: "Here, Herb ... you might like this one."
Alpert saw the possibilities in it for himself. The composition had a recognizable Bacharach-David feel, a spot for a signature horn solo in the bridge and in the fadeout, and it was an easy song to sing within Alpert's vocal range. He originally sang "This Guy's in Love with You" on a 1968 television special, The Beat of the Brass. In response to numerous viewer telephone calls following the broadcast, Alpert decided that the song should be released as a single recording, and it reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in June of that year, remaining in the top position for four weeks. It was not only Alpert's first No. 1 single, but it was also the first No. 1 single for his A&M record label. The song also spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart. For the single's B-side, Alpert chose "A Quiet Tear" from his first album in 1962, The Lonely Bull.
Eleven years later Alpert became the first (and only) artist to have reached the prized No. 1 position of the Billboard Hot 100 with both a vocal performance and an instrumental performance when his instrumental, "Rise," reached the top of the hit chart.
"This Guy's in Love with You" was succeeded at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by "Grazing In The Grass," an instrumental by Hugh Masekela. On the Billboard Easy Listening chart, Alpert's song was both preceded and succeeded at No. 1 by instrumental hits from Hugo Montenegro ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly") and Mason Williams ("Classical Gas"), respectively. Besides this hit in English, he recorded the song in Spanish and Italian.
|"This Girl's in Love with You"|
|Single by Dionne Warwick|
|B-side||"Dream Sweet Dreamer"|
|Dionne Warwick singles chronology|
Several female vocalists have rendered the song as "This Girl's in Love with You", beginning with Dionne Warwick. Her version was released as a single in 1969, reaching No. 7 in the U.S. that same year. It also spent four weeks at No. 2 on the Easy Listening chart. It ranked as the 64th biggest US hit of 1969. As a demo, her version was actually the original as it preceded Alpert's.
- Eydie Gormé had a Top 20 Easy Listening hit with the song.
- Aretha Franklin cut the song to serve as title cut for her This Girl's in Love with You album released in 1970.
- Dusty Springfield recorded the song for her 1968 album Dusty... Definitely.
- Allison Durbin released a version on her 1968 album I Have Loved Me a Man (titled "This Girl's In Love").
The female perspective of the song has also been recorded by Barbara Acklin, Petula Clark, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita Harris, Brenda Lee, Liza Minnelli, Marva Whitney, and Hildegard Knef. More recent versions have included those in 2014 by Frances Madden and Australian singer Sarah Maclaine on her album The Heart of Me. She & Him also performed the song on their release Classics.
Other cover versions
- In Italy, the song has been sung by Fred Bongusto in English and by Herb Alpert himself, as well as Tony Renis in Italian with the title "Un ragazzo che ti ama" ("A guy who loves you").
- Tony Mottola reached number 22 on the U.S. Easy Listening chart with his rendition during the summer of 1968.
- The Lettermen covered this song on their 1968 album, Put Your Head on My Shoulder.
- Sammy Davis Jr. covered this song on the TV show Dee Time in 1968.
- Johnny Mathis covered the song for his album Those Were the Days in 1968, a year after he returned to Columbia Records, his current label.
- Des O'Connor covered this song for his album I Pretend in July 1968, shortly after the original version.
- Al Wilson (singer) covered this song on his album 'Searching for the Dolphins' in 1968.
- Pierre Lalonde released a French cover of the song in 1968 Une Poupée.
- Percy Faith recorded the song sung by his chorus on his 1968 album Angel Of The Morning.
- Swedish jazz singer Svante Thuresson recorded the Swedish-language cover "Du ser en man" in 1968.
- Diana Ross and The Supremes with The Temptations on the 1968 album Join The Temptations.
- Burt Bacharach himself recorded the song as an instrumental, with some backing vocals, for his 1969 album, Make It Easy On Yourself.
- B. J. Thomas released a version of the song on his 1969 album Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.
- Andy Kim released a version of the song on his 1969 album Baby I Love You.
- Spiral Starecase released a version of the song on their 1969 debut album, More Today Than Yesterday.
- Ray Conniff & The Singers covered the song on their 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water.
- Jimmy Ruffin covered it on his album Forever (Motown, 1970).
- Sacha Distel covered the song in 1970.
- Donny Osmond recorded it for his 1972 album Portrait Of Donny
- Filipino crooner Jose Mari Chan also covered his version of the song in 1973.
- Harry James released a version in 1981 on his album For Listening And Dancing (Reader's Digest RD4A 213)
- Australian group The Reels released a version as a single and on the album Beautiful in 1982. It reached No. 7 in the Australian charts.
- Denny McLain, MLB baseball pitcher, on his album Denny McLain At The Organ.
- David T. Walker recorded a cover version as part of the medley on "Going Up".
- Freedy Johnston, on tour and as radio promos in 1994.
- Grenadine covered the song on their 1994 album Nopalitos, with Jenny Toomey singing lead.
- Harry Connick, Jr. recorded it for the soundtrack of the film One Fine Day (1996).
- Noel Gallagher of Oasis sang the song live in 1996 at a Burt Bacharach concert at the London Festival Hall, while Bacharach accompanied him on piano and conducted the orchestra. Although not actually a cover, Oasis song Half the World Away borrows heavily from the song.
- Guy Klucevsek performed a dirge-like solo accordion version of the song, coupled with the Bacharach-David song "Who Gets the Guy?", on the 1997 Tzadik Records compilation Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach.
- Fastball recorded the song and released it on the 1997 compilation Lounge-A-Palooza, as well as on the soundtrack of the film Failure to Launch (2006).
- Eva Braun covered the song in 2002, but the recording had not been officially released until 2008 on the compilation album Off The Record.
- Richard Clayderman recorded it for his 2005 compilation album The Anniversary Collection.
- Barry Manilow recorded a version of this song, which appears on his 2006 album The Greatest Songs of the Sixties.
- Julio Iglesias covered the song on his 2006 album Romantic Classics
- Till Brönner recorded a version of this song which appears on his album Oceana – 2007 (US version).
- Dave Koz, smooth jazz saxophonist, has covered the song on his 2010 album Hello Tomorrow. Herb Alpert himself was featured on trumpet.
- Regis Philbin, as a duet with wife Joy Philbin, 2010.
- UK group These New Puritans featured an avant-garde cover of the song as the opening track on their 2013 album Field of Reeds.
- Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco recorded a cover version of the song in 2014.
- The Bad Plus perform this song on their 2007 release Prog (album).
- Faith No More has performed the song live in 1997, 2009, 2011, and 2015. A live version was released as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Album of the Year, released in 2016.
- Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 251.
- Top 100 Hits of 1969
- Video on YouTube
- Video on YouTube
- Gordon, Jeremy (September 12, 2014). "Mac DeMarco Covers "This Guy's In Love With You" for Video Introducing New Guitarist". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
- The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
- "This Guy's in Love with You" at SongFacts.com
- Burt Bacharach & Herb Alpert interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" by Hugo Montenegro
|Billboard Easy Listening number-one single (Herb Alpert version)
June 8, 1968 (10 weeks)
"Classical Gas" by Mason Williams
"Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 22 – July 19, 1968 (4 weeks)
"Grazing in the Grass" by Hugh Masekela