You Belong to Me

A couple of Years back when the TV show "Allie Macbeal" was popular Vonda Shephard would appear as a regular. She would play the piano and sing classic tunes. One of them was "You belong to me." I remembered the song fondly. Now a bit later I figured why not? I'll do my own version.

Writing credits for the tune ( created 1952) go to Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart and Shilton Price. Actually Price wrote the song, and gave rights to the other two in exchange for publicity. She did this because of the success of an earlier hit which she had written, "Slow Poke," which had done so well with a similar arrangement that she felt she could do better by ceding partial credit for authorship to King and Stewart than trying to publicize the song herself.

The song was covered first by Sue Thompson then Patti Page. However It became a big hit when Jo Stafford did a version. Dean Martin gave it a shot and the "Duprees" version reached number 7 on the Billboard charts in 1962.

In my arrangement I decided to give the tune back it's original 1950's flavor, so I kept the instrumentation simple...guitar, piano a bit of strings and background harmony.

You Belong to Me