You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)

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"You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)"
Song by Al Jolson
Songwriter(s)Composer: James V. Monaco
Lyricist: Joe McCarthy
British 1913 advertising for the words to You Made Me Love You to be included in the next edition of the News of the World.

"You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" is a popular song. The music was written by James V. Monaco, the lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and the song was published in 1913. It was introduced by Al Jolson in the Broadway revue The Honeymoon Express (1913) and used in the 1973 revival of the musical Irene.

One of the earliest recordings of the song was by Al Jolson which was recorded on June 4, 1913. It was released on Columbia A-1374 and was a huge hit.[1] Another successful recording in 1913 was by William J. Halley. Al Jolson recorded the song again on March 20, 1946 and it was released on Decca 23613. Jolson also performed the song on the soundtrack of the 1946 film The Jolson Story.

Roger Edens wrote additional lyrics to the song for Judy Garland. The new lyrics cast Garland in the role of a teenage fan of Clark Gable. Garland sang the song to Gable at a birthday party thrown for him by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM executives were so charmed by her rendition that she and the song were added to the film Broadway Melody of 1938. Garland recorded the "Gable" version on September 24, 1937. It was released on Decca 1463. MGM released the song as a b-side in 1939, opposite Garland's recording of "Over the Rainbow" for The Wizard of Oz.[2]

Recordings and other renditions[edit]

In film and television[edit]

  • The melody was featured prominently in the score for the 1943 Edward Dmytryk movie "Tender Comrade" starring Ginger Rogers and Robert Ryan.
  • Jeanette MacDonald sings one stanza of this song in the 1948 musical Three Daring Daughters.
  • Doris Day performed the song in the 1955 Ruth Etting biographical film Love Me or Leave Me.
  • An outtake of The Beatles Anthology showed that it was originally to be included in their movie Magical Mystery Tour
  • George Burns and some of the Muppets performed a humorous version of this song where Gonzo especially gets a kick out of the line "didn't want to do it".
  • Olivia Newton-John sings the song in the 1980 film Xanadu, as a vocal on a record presented as a Glenn Miller band performance. The song is largely background to Danny and Sonny talking, and does not appear on the film's soundtrack album, but it does appear as the B-side of her single "Suddenly".
  • In the 1980 film Somewhere in Time, when Christopher Reeve's character time travels back to the year 1912, he arrives in a hotel room where a woman occupant is (anachronistically) humming the song.
  • This song features prominently in the 1986 Woody Allen Film "Hannah and her Sisters"
  • The song is sung in the 1990 Robin Williams / Robert De Niro film, Awakenings
  • Bette Midler, Marc Shaiman, and Bruce Vilanch wrote new lyrics to Judy Garland's version of the song for Midler's appearance on the penultimate episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 21, 1992. Midler performed the song as "You Made Me Watch You," a tribute to Carson's 30 years as host.[5]
  • Mayim Bialik performed the song on Blossom in the episode "Ruby" (Season 3, Episode 14, aired December 21, 1992).
  • Billy Crystal sang an altered version of this song on the first episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
  • Cookie Monster performed a slightly re-written version of the song in a Sesame Street insert, writing a love letter to his favorite cookie.
  • This song is being played by a band during a dance scene in Disney's 2005 film The Greatest Game Ever Played.
  • Kim Poirier sings the song in the 2010 movie Foodland as her character Lucy Eklund.
  • An instrumental version of the song plays as source music from a radio in the first scene of the 2009 movie Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky
  • This song is sung by Jack Halford and Gerry Standing in the TV series New Tricks.
  • This song is sung by Matt Doyle at the conclusion of the film Private Romeo (2011).
  • This song is sung by senior citizens in a commercial for Hoveround in 2011.
  • In an episode of the Nickelodeon animated series Rugrats ("Pedal Pusher/Music"; Season 6, Episode 13, aired March 6, 1999), Tommy Pickles (voiced by E.G. Daily) sang a slightly altered version of the song to his brother, Dil.
  • This song is sung by a street busker played by Taylor Walling in the 2014 romantic drama The Song.
  • This song is sung by Abigail Spencer in the 3rd episode of the 2nd season of Timeless.
  • This song is featured in the 5th episode of the 4th season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (episode "Lou and That Woman").

In theatre[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 233. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  2. ^ Edwards, Anne (1975). Judy Garland. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-21845-X.
  3. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  4. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Tape 2, side B.
  5. ^ Shaiman, Marc. "Someone in a Tree: My View of Johnny Carson's Last Night." The Film Music Society. January 24, 2005.