The Song that Makes us Love It Over and Over Again!
Updated: Mar 30
Do you know which famous song was first published in 1913 and recorded by such musical greats as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Sammy Kaye, Harry James, Doris Day, Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline, Wayne Newton, Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Crystal Gayle, Anne Murray, Barry Manilow, and Gloria Estefan? That is not even half of the musical artists who have performed this song!
Another interesting fact about the song is that Judy Garland sang it for Clark Gable at a birthday party and then in the film Broadway Melody of 1938. The song was also released as the b-side in 1939, opposite Garland’s recording of “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
Have you guessed the song? If you guessed “You Made Me Love You,” then you are correct! It was a popular song in the early 1900s, throughout World War II, and even today. It is such a special song, that I included it in chapter 25 of Song of Return. Listen to the beloved Judy Garland’s version to Clark Gable below! She was only fourteen at this recording, which is unbelievable considering her vocal capabilities.
Ava made her way quickly to the center of the stage and stepped behind the mic just as Willie nodded at her and the chorus began.
“You made me love you. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to do it. You made me want you, and all the time you knew it. I guess you always knew it.” Ava’s voice filled the ballroom. “You made me happy. Sometimes, you made me glad, but there were times, dear, you made me feel so bad.”
Song of Return, Chapter 26