You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me

"You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me" is a 1932 popular song with music by Harry Warren and the lyrics by Al Dubin,[1] which became a standard.[2] The lyrics of the song were noted for its references to addiction.[3]

"You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me"
Song
Published1932
Composer(s)Harry Warren
Lyricist(s)Al Dubin

It appears in the Warner Brothers musical film 42nd Street for which Warren and Dubin wrote three songs together.[2] The song was inspired by one of the women working at the Warner Brothers studio, who when asked why she was still dating a certain man, said that he was getting to be a habit with her.[4] In the movie, it is sung by the leading lady Dorothy Brock, played by Bebe Daniels.[1]

The song was recorded by Guy Lombardo with Bing Crosby on vocals on January 12, 1933[5] and reached #1 in the charts.[6] Crosby also included the song in the short film Please (1933). Another hit recording of the song in 1933 was by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians.[7]
The song was again performed by Doris Day in the musical Lullaby of Broadway in 1951.[8] Since then it has been performed by a large number of artists.

Recorded versionsEdit

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OtherEdit

Julie Stevens, a British actress, sings it in The Avengers television series. The episode, titled "The Decapod", first aired in 1962. She sings it in a lounge scene with a jazz combo accompanying her (piano, drums & upright bass).`

Uses in pop cultureEdit

In 1989, the song by Al Dubin was used in the Season One episode of the TV series Midnight Caller entitled "Blame it on Midnight".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Furia, Philip; Lasser, Michael L. (2006-01-01). America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. Taylor & Francis. pp. 109–110. ISBN 9780415972468.
  2. ^ a b Jasen, David A. (2004-06-01). Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. Routledge. p. 410. ISBN 9781135949013.
  3. ^ Holloway, Diane (2001-08-01). American History in Song: Lyrics From 1900 to 1945. iUniverse. p. 242. ISBN 9781469704531.
  4. ^ Green, Stanley (1999-01-01). Hollywood Musicals Year by Year. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 20–21. ISBN 9780634007651.
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William (2004-08-02). Breaking Records: 100 Years of Hits. Routledge. p. 68. ISBN 9781135947194.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 439. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  8. ^ Tyler, Don (2007-04-02). Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era. McFarland. p. 193. ISBN 9780786429462.
  9. ^ O'Dwyer, Sean. "Jackie Paris - Discography". www.jackieparis.com. Retrieved 2016-04-07.