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All Of Me


Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons wrote the words and music of "All of Me" in 1931.[1] It has an ABAC structure, and is written in the key of B-flat major.[2] There is a 20-bar introductory verse, but this is routinely omitted.[2]




All of Me


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"The melody [...] combines the contradictory possibilities of the song. The downward thrusts of the opening phrases hint at emotional despair while the closing line, with its repeated high notes, seems almost jubilant."[3] It is usually performed at a medium tempo.[3] The harmony is relatively straightforward, and has served as the basis for Lennie Tristano's "Line Up", Warne Marsh's "Background Music",[3] and Bill Dobbins's "Lo Flame".[2]


"All of Me" first came to public awareness when a performance by Belle Baker was broadcast over the radio in 1931.[1] Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra recorded the song on December 1 that year, with vocalist Mildred Bailey; this went to the top of the US pop charts.[1] Within weeks, another two versions were in the charts, with a Louis Armstrong rendition also reaching No. 1, and Ben Selvin and His Orchestra peaking at No. 19.[1] The song was used in the 1932 film Careless Lady.[1] In the view of critic Ted Gioia, the definitive version was sung by Billie Holiday in 1941: "she staked a claim of ownership that no one has managed to dislodge in subsequent years".[3] Two years later, Lynne Sherman's recording with Count Basie and His Orchestra reached No. 14 in the charts.[1]


Frank Sinatra recorded several versions of "All of Me".[3] His 1948 release peaked at No. 21.[1] He also sang it in the film Meet Danny Wilson, which may have helped Johnnie Ray's rendition up to No. 12 in the charts that year.[1] Sinatra's use of "All of Me" brought a non-jazz audience to the song, and so too did Willie Nelson, whose version was included in his Stardust album[3] and reached No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 1978.[4] In 2000, "All of Me" was given the Towering Song Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[1]


"All of Me" is a song by American singer John Legend from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013). It is dedicated to Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen. "All of Me" first aired on American mainstream urban radio as the album's third single on August 12, 2013.


On the week ending May 26, 2014, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first number-one single in the United States. It knocked off "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, which had spent 10 weeks at number one. The song peaked at number two in the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand and topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. It became the second best-selling song of 2014 in the United States with 4.67 million copies sold for the year,[1] as well as the third best-selling song in the United Kingdom.[2] "All of Me" was the third best-selling song of 2014 with 12.3 million equivalent-units worldwide (sales plus streaming), according to the IFPI.[3]


A remix of the song (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment remix), featuring EDM artist Tiësto, was released in January 2014 and won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, while another remix was done in March of that year by trance artist Dash Berlin. A live version of the song was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, losing to Williams' "Happy".[4]


"All of Me" is a tender piano ballad, which was inspired by his then-fiancée, now wife, model Chrissy Teigen.[5] The couple met in 2007 on the set of his video for "Stereo". They were then married on September 14, 2013.[6] The song was produced by Dave Tozer and Legend himself.[7] It is a simple, modest proposal set against delicate keys.[8]


In June 2013, Legend premiered "All of Me" during a performance on Oprah Winfrey's Oprah's Next Chapter.[10] On August 6, 2013, the full song was released to iTunes along with the pre-order for Love in the Future.[5][11] "All of Me" impacted American mainstream urban radio as the third single from Love in the Future on August 12, 2013.[12]


Dutch electronic producer Tiësto released a remix of the song in January 2014.[4] A country-influenced duet version of "All of Me" with Jennifer Nettles, featuring Hunter Hayes on guitar, was released in June 2014.[13]


After being stationary at number two for six weeks, "All of Me" finally reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated May 17, 2014. This was Legend's first Hot 100 number one single, almost 10 years since his first appearance on the chart. That was the longest wait for an artist's first number-one song from their first chart appearance since Snoop Dogg waited 10 years and 10 months for his.[14][15] "All of Me" became the second best-selling song of 2014 in the United States with 4.67 million copies sold for the year. The song spent three weeks at number one before being dethroned by Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX.[1] Additionally, "All of Me" spent 23 consecutive weeks in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 and spent an overall 59 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[16] As of April 2016, "All of Me" has sold 5,878,000 copies cumulatively in the United States.[17]


In the United Kingdom, "All of Me" peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart,[18] and it became the third best-selling song of 2014 in the UK.[2] As of February 2016, the song has sold 1.18 million copies in the UK.[19]


"All of Me" was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe named the song the album's "essential track".[20] Ryan Patrick of Exclaim! said the song, shows "Legend's current commercially friendly, sentimental sound."[21] Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone called the song a "mountainous piano crusher".[22] Julia Leconte of NOW stated that Legend's voice shines in the song.[23] Molloy Woodcraft of The Guardian also praised Legend's vocal talents on the song.[24] A live rendition of the song was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.


On August 20, 2013, Legend performed the song live on the Late Show with David Letterman.[8] On August 27, 2013, Legend performed the song at The Box in New York City.[25] On September 2, 2013, Legend performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with the album's second single "Made to Love".[26] On October 10, 2013, Legend performed the song during his appearance on The Wendy Williams Show.[27] The song was performed by Legend at the 56th Grammy Awards on January 26, 2014.[28] The song was also performed as a duet with Taylor Swift during her 1989 World Tour.[citation needed]


The song's music video was shot in Italy just days before Legend's wedding, featuring his fiancée, model Chrissy Teigen.[29] The video ends with footage from their actual wedding in Lake Como, Italy.[30][31] On September 12, 2013, the first image from the music video was released.[32] On October 2, 2013, the full version of the Nabil Elderkin-directed black and white music video for "All of Me" was released.[30][33][34] The video was meant to bring the relationship full circle, as he chose the man who originally introduced them to each other, Elderkin, to direct it.[29][35]


In November 2015, the YouTube video's title mysteriously changed from 'All of Me' to 'One Last Time' and then changed back.[37] The same happened on Spotify[38][39] and Google Play.[40] There has been no explanation for this incident.


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