All of Me
Artist & Tune
About the Song
"All of Me" is a jazz standard published in 1931.
The 1st broadcast of the song was by Belle Baker. A recording by Paul Whiteman & His Orchester with vocal by Mildred Bailey and another by Louis Armstrong both reached #1 on the charts.
In the view of critic Ted Gioia, the definitive version was sung by Billie Holiday in 1941: "she staked a claim of ownership that no one has managed to dislodge in subsequent years".
Other notable recordings include:
- Frank Sinatra in 1948
- Johnnie Ray (in 1952)
- Sarah Vaughan as the title track of her 1957 album
- Ella Fitzgerald on her "Twelve Nights in Hollywood" album in 1962
- Diana Ross on "Lady Sings the Blues" in 1972 on Motown Records
- Willie Nelson on his "Stardust" album in 1978.
- the Harry Connick Jr recording is from a 1992 "Live in New York" concert
All of me, why not take all of me?
Can't you see I'm no good without you?
Take my lips: I want to lose them
Take my arms: I'll never use them
Your goodbye left me with eyes that cry
How can I go on dear without you?
You took the part that once was my heart
So why not take all of me?
C - E7 - / A7 - Dm - / E7 - Am7 - / D7 - Dm G
C - E7 - / A7 - Dm - / F Fm C E7A7 / Dm G7 C -