IT HAD TO BE YOU – The Great American Songbook – 2002


It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook – Rod Stewart

It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook is the first album of American pop standards recorded by British musician Rod Stewart. It was released on 22 October 2002, and became the first in a five-volume series.

The album was Stewart’s first release for J Records. It included his second recording of “Every Time We Say Goodbye.”

A live DVD of the same title was released on 4 February 2003,which featured performances of material from the studio album as well as Stewart’s earlier material.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “You Go to My Head” John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie 4:17
2. “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 3:25
3. “The Way You Look Tonight” Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern 3:49
4. “It Had to Be You” Isham Jones, Gus Kahn 3:24
5. “That Old Feeling” Lew Brown, Sammy Fain 2:54
6. “These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)” Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey 3:48
7. “The Very Thought of You” Ray Noble 3:20
8. “Moonglow” Eddie DeLange, Will Hudson, Irving Mills 3:32
9. “I’ll Be Seeing You” Fain, Irving Kahal 3:51
10. “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” Cole Porter 3:27
11. “The Nearness of You” Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington 3:00
12. “For All We Know” Coots, Sam M. Lewis 3:24
13. “We’ll Be Together Again” Carl T. Fischer, Frankie Laine 3:54
14. “That’s All” Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes 3:03


Tal Bergman – drums, percussion, arrangements
Chris Botti – trumpet
Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone
Dennis Budimir – guitar
Dave Carpenter – bass
John Ferraro – drums, percussion
David Finck – bass
Jim Fox – guitar
Dan Higgins – clarinet, alto saxophone
Willie Hollis – piano, synthesizer, arrangements
Russ Kassoff – piano
Doug Katsaros – piano, arrangements
Randy Kerber – piano, synthesizer, arrangements
Dave Koz – tenor saxophone
Bob Magnusson – bass
Bob Mann – guitar, arrangements
Harvey Mason – drums
Reggie McBride – bass
Jeff Mironov – guitar
Rob Mounsey – keyboards, piano, arrangements
Lee Musiker – piano
Renato Neto – piano, synthesizer, arrangements
Shawn Pelton – drums
Jimmy Rip – guitar
Philippe Saisse – keyboards, arrangements
Arturo Sandoval – trumpet, flugelhorn
Allan Schwartzberg – drums
Don Sebesky – piano, arrangements
Rod Stewart – vocals
Randy Waldman – piano

Live DVD

“Forever Young” (Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart)
“Some Guys Have All the Luck” (Jeff Fortgang)
“They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
“The Way You Look Tonight” (Fields, Kern)
“These Foolish Things” (Link, Marvell, Strachey)
“Moonglow” (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)
“Every Time We Say Goodbye” (Porter)
“The Very Thought of You” (Noble)
“That Old Feeling” (Brown, Fain)
“You Go to My Head” (Coots, Gillespie)
“For All We Know” (Coots, Lewis)
“The Nearness of You” (Carmichael, Washington)
“That’s All” (Brandt, Haymes)
“We’ll Be Together Again” (Fischer, Laine)
“Rhythm of My Heart” (Marc Jordan, John Capek)
“Downtown Train” (Tom Waits)
“Maggie May” (Stewart, Martin Quittenton)
“Young Turks” (Stewart, Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings, Savigar)
“Hot Legs” (Stewart, Gary Grainger)
“Having a Party” (Sam Cooke)
“I’ll Be Seeing You” (Fain, Kahal)
“It Takes Two” (William “Mickey” Stevenson, Sylvia Moy)