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To Each His Own – Eddy Howard / Ink Spots

May 4, 2022

Today’s song of the day is “To Each His Own,” a popular song written by Jay Livingston and performed by Eddy Howard. 

Fun Facts

  • “To Each His Own” is a popular song written by Jay Livingston. This song has a movie named after it, and it is the title song. Ray Evans did the lyrics to this song.
  • The movie “To Each His Own” is a drama romance film that starred Olivia de Havilland and was directed by Mitchell Leisen. Jacques Thery and Charles Brackett wrote its screenplay. In the movie, a child is born out of wedlock, and the young mother has to give him up.
  • The song “To Each His Own” original version is a classic love song that portrays what the singer is without his lover.
  • The movie and the song were published by paramount music in 1946. Both Jay Livingston and Ray Evans were assigned to write the song by Paramount Music after Victor Young, a film composer, turned it down.
  • In 1946, this song was so popular that it got various other versions done by different artists.
  • However, three versions were more popular than the others— they got the Billboard Charts back in 1946 and hit the number one spot in the United States. Two other versions reached number three and four in the same year.
  • These versions were so good that they appeared on the Most Played chart on the Billboard. All the five versions were in the top ten on August 24, September 7, September 14, and October 5. This made “To Each His Own” rank among the rare songs whose multiple versions have taken up half the slots on the Billboards Charts Top Ten at the same time.
  • The popular versions included those done by Eddy Howard, Freddy Martin, The Modernaires, and The Ink Spots. These versions lasted in the Billboard Charts for weeks at a time. The Ink Spots version also ranks three on the Juke Box Race Records Chart Most Played.
  • Some of the other versions of this song are by Margie Rayburn, Johnny Hartman, The Platters, Sam Cooke, and Keely Smith, among others.



A rose must remain with the sun and the rain

Or its lovely promise won’t come true

To each his own, to each his own

And my own is you

What good is a song if the words just don’t belong?

And a dream must be a dream for two

No good alone, to each his own

For me there’s you

If a flame is to grow there must be a glow

To open each door there’s a key

I need you, I know, I can’t let you go

Your touch means too much to me

Two lips must insist on two more to be kissed

Or they’ll never know what love can do

To each his own, I’ve found my own

One and only you

Two lips must insist on two more to be kissed

Or they’ll never know what love can do

To each his own, I’ve found my own

One and only you


  1. Gale Gravois

    Love this old music!!! To have the lyrics is great. THANK YOU

  2. Jerry Manning

    I was on my way to high school when it broke. It meant a lot to my girl-friend and me…

  3. Linda Andriopoulos

    Will you play the song — or just show the lyrics—
    I would like both— song & lyrics to sing along

  4. John dimmick

    During WW2 my mom played piano in Eddie Howard’s orchestra.. She majored in music and was skilled in sight reading complicated scores that were new to her. Mr Howard often used women musicians due to nearly all the male musicians were in the military fighting the wars against Hitler and Tojo.. Mom always played at the USO and worked with many band leaders such as Benny Goodman, Carl Revaza, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. After the war we moved to California and lived in Palm Springs. There mom found lots of work playing in the lounges of the elegant hotels for which Palm Springs was famous for.. Mom played at Frank Sinatra’s 50th birthday at the Palms and accompanied him when he sang several songs. He sat at our table and my dad who was a Navy Commander about dad’s experiences sinking Nazi subs in the North Atlantic. Later we all ended us at Franks house and watched movies ( tv wasn’t available then). I fell asleep and woke up at home…


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