All of Me is one of my favorite crooner tunes. I even sing it sometimes – but not this time. I need an accompanist to really do it justice.
When I play a tune like All of Me, I really try to sing it through my fiddle. The notes to the melody aren’t that hard, but playing it with your heart is a whole other thing.
All of Me (Song) according to Wikipedia
“All of Me” is a popular song and jazz standard written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons in 1931.
First performed by Belle Baker over the radio and recorded in December 1931 by Ruth Etting, it has become one of the most recorded songs of its era, with notable versions by Russ Columbo, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Mildred Bailey, Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson in 1941, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dean Martin,Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine in 1947, Della Reese, Johnnie Ray, Django Reinhardt, Erroll Garner, Willie Nelson, Jean Frye Sidwell, João Gilberto (Disse Alguém), Michael Bublé and The Rockin’ Berries. In an episode of the 1970s television show Sanford and Son, Redd Foxx (joined by Scatman Crothers on guitar) sings a short but memorable version. “All of Me” is also performed in the Muppet Show episode with The Greasy Gopher singing along with a mandolin. The song is featured prominently in the 1984 Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin film of the same name.
In more recent years, it has been recorded by Pia Zadora, Anne Murray and Jason Danieley. Also, a punk rock rendition of the song was recorded by NOFX. The song was a major hit on records by Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong in 1932, and was successfully revived by Johnnie Ray in 1952. Chelsea Krombach performed the song for her debut album Look for the Silver Lining. Laurence Juber has also performed and recorded this song in an all acoustic version played by him. It was featured in his album PCH in 2007. Michael Bublé has released a cover of it on his album, Crazy Love to be re-released.