It Had to Be You (song)

"It Had to Be You"
Song by Isham Jones
Published 1924
Released 1924 (1924)[1]
Genre Pop
Label Warner Bros.[1]
Writer(s) Gus Kahn
Composer(s) Isham Jones
Language English

"It Had to Be You" is a popular song written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn.[2] It was first published in 1924.

Appearance in film

The song was performed by Ruth Etting in the 1936 short film Melody in May, by Priscilla Lane in the 1939 film The Roaring Twenties, by Ginger Rogers and Cornel Wilde in the 1947 film It Had to Be You, in the 1944 film Mr. Skeffington, and by Danny Thomas 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). It was danced to by Gene Kelly and Marie McDonald in the 1947 film Living in a Big Way (while sung by a mixed group), and was also performed by Dooley Wilson in the 1942 film Casablanca, George Murphy in Show Business (1944), Betty Hutton in the 1945 film Incendiary Blonde, and by Diane Keaton in the 1977 film Annie Hall. It was also performed in the 1992 film A League of Their Own by Megan Cavanagh.

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.

Notable recordings

Ruth Etting 1936 (in “Melody In May”), Priscilla Lane 1939 (in “The Roaring Twenties"), Dooley Wilson 1942 (in “Casablanca”) George Murphy 1944 (in “Show Business”), Dick Haymes 1944 #4, Dinah Shore 1944, Betty Hutton 1945 (in “Incendiary Blonde”), Ginger Rogers and Cornell Wilde 1947 (in “It Had To Be You”), Frank Sinatra 1949, Danny Thomas 1951 (in “I’ll See You In My Dreams”), Billie Holiday 1955, Ray Charles 1959, Ella Fitzgerald 1961 (live "Twelve Nights In Hollywood", Dean Martin 1962 (“Live From Lake Tahoe”), Tony Bennett 1964,Andy Williams 1965, Barbra Streisand 1966, Artie Shaw 1968, Diane Keaton 1977 (in “Annie Hall”), Margaret Whiting 1978 )live on "Mike Douglas Show", Frank Sinatra 1979, Harry Connick, Jr. 1989, Pete Fountain 1991, Rod Stewart 2002, Kenny G 2006, Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood 2012, Elvis Costello with Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks 2013, Michael Buble and Barbra Streisand 2014


  1. 1 2 Givan, Benjamin Marx (2010). The Music of Django Reinhardt (illustrated ed.). Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA: University of Michigan Press. p. 229. ISBN 9780472034086. OCLC 437054201. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  2. ASCAP ACE Database


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