I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

For this video showcase we go back to Christmas 60 years ago when Shirley Bassey had a hit with the song I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You). Below a newspaper article where Shirley shares her memories of Christmas 1961. (From the George Webb collection)

I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You) is a popular song with music by Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Roy Turk. It was published in 1928 and originally sung by Aileen Stanley. The song was revived to even greater success in 1944, when the 1940 recording by Harry James (Dick Haymes vocal) was re-released (Billboard #1). The Ink Spots version was also popular in 1944, reaching the retail top ten. Later covers include: Connie Francis, whose 1958 recording made #19 on the UK charts, and was covered by Embassy Records singer Maureen Evans; Shirley Bassey’s 1961 recording hit #10 on the UK charts. It was released on a single with on the B side Who Are We. It was also released on a EP called Shirley’s most requested songs

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I’ll get by as long as I have you Though there’ll be rain and darkness too

I’ll not complain, I’ll see it through

Though you maybe far away, it’s true

Say what care I dear I”ll get by as long as I have you