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