I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)

December 8, 2021

“I’ll Get By (As Long as I Have You)” is a catchy, historic song originally recorded in 1928 containing music by Fred E. Ahlert with lyrics by Roy Turk. 

The song has since become an important piece of music and film history. With over 20 versions recorded by artists ranging from Mickey Rooney to Jack Jones, and appearances in over 6 films (most notably A Star is Born), “I’ll Get By” is considered a chart-topping classic. 

Fun Facts:

  • While several artists performed this song, it reached its biggest commercial success in the 1940s. 
  •  In 1944 I’ll Get By achieved its biggest success from a recording of Harry James and His Orchestra. This version featured vocals from Dick Haymes.
  • The recording was actually an April 1941 re-release that was due to a stipulation by the 1942-44 musicians’ strike (this prevented the recording of new material).
  • I’ll Get By was released on Billboard’s National Best Selling Retail Records charts in April of 1944, eventually reaching number one in the chart on June 10th: impressively the seventh of Harry James’s United States number one’s. The single stayed at number one for four non-consecutive weeks.
  • The King Sisters’ version also charted in 1944, peaking at No. 12. The song was included in Variety’s “10 Best Sellers on Coin-Machines” for the week of June 21, 1944.
  • A Billboard poll conducted in 1944 found that “I’ll Get By” was among the top sold sheet music among military personnel stationed in training camps and in Europe, coming in at No. 3.
  • The song was featured on The Lucky Strike Parade’s Top Ten of 1944
  • The single topped Billboard’s Most Played JukeBox Records chart for six weeks.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

I’ll get by

As long as I have you

Though there’ll be rain

And darkness too

I’ll not complain

I’ll laugh it through

Poverty

May come to me, that’s true

But what care I

I’ll get by

As long as I have you

I’ll get by

As long as I have you

Though there’ll be rain

And darkness too

I’ll not complain

I’ll laugh it through

Poverty

May come to me, that’s true

But what care I

I’ll get by

As long as I have you

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