Tonight You Belong to Me
|"Tonight You Belong to Me"|
|Single by Irving Kaufman|
|Writer(s)||Billy Rose, Lee David|
"Tonight You Belong to Me" is a popular American song, written in 1926 by lyricist Billy Rose and composer Lee David. The first ever recording was made by Irving Kaufman in 1926 on Banner Records. In 1927 Gene Austin recorded it and the song became a major hit. Another popular recording during this time was by Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orchestra.
The song was revived by Frankie Laine in 1952, and subsequently recorded again in 1956 by Patience and Prudence, who reached #4 on the Billboard charts with their version, and also by Lawrence Welk with The Lennon Sisters and the duo of Karen Chandler and Jimmy Wakely, Ann Shelton and The Duprees. In 1964 "Tonight You Belong to Me" was recorded by George Maharis in a sweet swing style on the Epic label.
Gavin Castleton and Lex Land covered the song for a 2013 Valentine's Day single.
It was also recorded by country music singer Dottie West in 1977, and was released as a single to the Country charts that year, reaching #30 on the Hot Country Songs list in 1977. It was put on her 1977 album When It's Just You and Me.
It was also performed by Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in the 1979 movie The Jerk. Jazz ukulele player Lyle Ritz actually played the ukulele accompaniment for the scene. On the 26th Anniversary DVD re-release there is a tutorial by Ukulele Gal on how to play "Tonight You Belong to Me" on the ukulele.
NRBQ covered the song on their 1983 disc "Grooves In Orbit".
The expanded version of The Trash Can Sinatras' 1990 album Cake includes a cover of the song as a bonus track.
At Sleater-Kinney’s last show on August 12, 2006, guest opener Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam sang the song as a duet with Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney. On his 2011 album Ukulele Songs, Vedder performs this song as a duet with Cat Power.
A cover of the song appeared on the album Raw Romance by garage punk musician Nobunny.
Pebaluna performs a rendition of the song on their Acoustic Sessions EP in 2009.
The version sung by Patience and Prudence is currently[when?] used by eBay as a commercial theme. It was featured in a 2012 TV commercial for Scandinavian Airlines. This version was also featured in the credits of the 2004 film Birth.
In 2011, the Patience and Prudence rendition was featured in two episodes of American Horror Story. The first was in the Pilot episode, as the twins, Troy and Byron, begin trashing the house with baseball bats. The second was during the season finale, "Afterbirth", as the new homeowners run screaming from the home.
The Bird and the Bee released their rendition of the track on their digital EP One Too Many Hearts which is available for purchase online.
The song was featured in a 2009 TV commercial for U.S. Cellular.
- Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era by Don Tyler: http://www.amazon.com/Hit-Songs-1900-1955-American-Pre-Rock/dp/0786429461
- Video on YouTube
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