1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Because of You recorded by Tony Bennett introduced June 23, 1951
Music by Arthur Hammerstein, Lyrics by Dudley Wilkinson
Orchestra conducted by Percy Faith
Legendary ballad vocalist Tony Bennett’s first #1 hit recording was Because of You, originally published in 1940 and featured in the 1951 film ‘I Was an American Spy.’ A month later he had a second #1 hit with Cold, Cold Heart.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"I only live for your love and your kiss— it’s paradise to be near you like this"