Written by Cole Porter for the 1940 film Broadway Melody of 1940, “I Concentrate on You” was first performed by Douglas McPhail.
The song illustrates a man’s decision to think about a lover when faced with difficulty.
“When fortune cries “Nay, nay” to me/And people declare “You’re through”/Whenever the blues become my only songs/I concentrate on you”
This jazz standard has been covered by numerous artists including Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Dianne Reeves, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Washington.
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