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"(I'm) Confessin' (that I Love You)"
Music by Chris Smith
Lyrics by Al J. Neiburg
Published 1930
Language English
Recorded by Louis Armstrong
Guy Lombardo
Rudy Vallee
Perry Como
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Anne Murray
Frank Ifield
many others
"Lookin' for Another Sweetie"
Music by Chris Smith
Sterling Grant
Published 1929
Language English
Recorded by Fats Waller

"(I'm) Confessin' (that I Love You)" (also known as "Confessin'," "I'm Confessin'," and "Confessin' that I Love You") is a jazz and popular standard that has been recorded many times.

The song was first produced with different lyrics as "Lookin' For Another Sweetie," credited to Chris Smith and Sterling Grant, and recorded by Thomas "Fats" Waller & His Babies on December 18, 1929.[1][2]

In 1930 it was reborn as "Confessin'," with new lyrics by Al Neiburg, and with the music this time credited to Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds. Louis Armstrong made his first, and highly influential, recording of the song in August 1930,[3] and continued to play it throughout his career.[4]

Other important recorded versions in the United States were done by Chester Gaylord (1930), Guy Lombardo (1930), Rudy Vallee (1930), Perry Como (1945), Les Paul and Mary Ford (1952), and Anne Murray (1993). The song was also a number one hit for Frank Ifield in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1963.[4]

Dizzy Gillespie recorded a version titled "Pop's Confessin'" in which he imitated the vocal style of Louis Armstrong.

Recorded versions

See also


  1. ^ Stephens, Joe. "Victor 78 Record 30000 - 39999 Discography". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  2. ^ Riccardi, Ricky. "The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong: 80 Years of "Confessin'"". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  3. ^ Minn, Michael; Johnson, Scott. "The Louis Armstrong Discography". Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  4. ^ a b Burlingame, Sandra. "I'm Confessin' That I Love You". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
Preceded by
"I Like It" by Gerry & The Pacemakers
UK number one single
by Frank Ifield

July 18, 1963 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"(You're the) Devil in Disguise" by Elvis Presley
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