This song, BECAUSE OF YOU, is one of Tony Bennett's signature songs, and it was his first major hit, in 1951, reaching Number One on the Billboard chart and staying there an incredible ten weeks. The lyrics were written by Arthur Hammerstein, the father of Oscar Hammerstein, who is probably the most famous and celebrated lyricist of all time. And these are lovely lyrics, so you can see where the talent came from. In 2007, Tony recorded it again as a duet with K.D. Lang, and it came out beautiful. It inspired me to want to record it myself. So here is BECAUSE OF YOU, with melody by Dudley Wilkinson, not to be confused with the song by Kelly Clarkson of the same name.