It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook
Studio album by
Released22 October 2002 (2002-10-22)[1]
RecordedHenson Recording Studios, The Record Plant, Conway Studios, Signet Sound Studios and Westlake Audio (Los Angeles, CA); Tyrell Studios (Hollywood, CA); Tal2 Studios; Crescent Moon Studios (Miami, FL); Right Track Recording (New York City, NY); Chicago Recording Company (Chicago, IL).
GenreTraditional pop
LabelJ
ProducerClive Davis, Richard Perry, Phil Ramone
Rod Stewart chronology
The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart
(2001)
It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook
(2002)
As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Volume II
(2003)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(42/100)[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Music(mixed)[4]
Billboard(favourable)[5]
Blender1/5 stars[2]
E! OnlineC+[2]
The Guardian2/5 stars[6]
Q1/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[8]
Uncut2/5 stars[2]

It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook is the first album of American pop standards recorded by British musician Rod Stewart, and his 20th album overall. It was released on 22 October 2002, and became the first in a five-volume series.

The album was Stewart's first release for Sony Music imprint 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,[1] which featured performances of material from the studio album as well as Stewart's earlier material.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."You Go to My Head"John Frederick Coots, Haven GillespieRichard Perry4:17
2."They Can't Take That Away from Me"George Gershwin, Ira GershwinPerry3:25
3."The Way You Look Tonight"Dorothy Fields, Jerome KernPerry3:49
4."It Had to Be You"Isham Jones, Gus KahnPhil Ramone3:24
5."That Old Feeling"Lew Brown, Sammy FainRamone2:54
6."These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)"Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack StracheyRamone3:48
7."The Very Thought of You"Ray NoblePerry3:20
8."Moonglow"Eddie DeLange, Will Hudson, Irving MillsRamone3:32
9."I'll Be Seeing You"Fain, Irving KahalRamone3:51
10."Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"Cole PorterRamone3:27
11."The Nearness of You"Hoagy Carmichael, Ned WashingtonPerry3:00
12."For All We Know"Coots, Sam M. LewisRamone3:24
13."We'll Be Together Again"Carl T. Fischer, Frankie LainePerry3:54
14."That's All"Alan Brandt, Bob HaymesRamone3:03

Personnel

Production

Live DVD

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

Charts

Certifications

Album

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[29] Platinum 40,000^
Australia (ARIA)[30] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[31] Platinum 125,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[33] Gold 75,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[34] Platinum 70,000*
Sweden (GLF)[35] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

DVD

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[38] Platinum 8,000^
Australia (ARIA)[39] 8× Platinum 120,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[40] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[41] 3× Platinum 30,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[42] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Platinum 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] Platinum 100,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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  7. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
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