I Only Want To Be With You (2:35)

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“I Only Want to Be with You” is a song by Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde. It was the first solo single released by British singer Dusty Springfield under her long-time producer Johnny Franz. It has since been recorded by many artists and has charted several times.

The recording session took place at Olympic Studios Carton Street arranged and conducted by Ivor Raymonde and recorded by engineer Keith Grant. It was a popular success, reaching #4 UK, #12 US, #6 Australia, and #21 Canada. In the US, it was one of the first pre-Beatles hits of the British Invasion of 1964.

Raymonde’s arrangement is unmistakable with its relentless “ticker-ticker” beat and cascading drum rolls, full-on choirs and “Tower of Power” horn section pitched against soaring rock strings. It set the production standard for Springfield’s later hits, such as “Stay Awhile” or “Little by Little”. Springfield also recorded the song with an almost identical arrangement in German, with the title ‘Auf dich nur wart’ ich immerzu’.

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