Let Me Entertain You: The Top Ten Songs by Jule Styne

By Ben Rimalower
18 Jan 2014

10. "If You Hadn't, But You Did" from Two on the Aisle, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Only a composer as extraordinarily gifted as Jule Styne could afford to waste a melody as memorable as the opening section to "If You Hadn't, But You Did" on fleeting introductory verse. Of course, Styne, a consummate showman, knew the value of a good beginning and after giving it to us here, he does a 180° switcheroo, dashing into the relentless drive of the song proper. "If You Hadn't, But You Did" is an unforgettable showstopper every time it is performed — and it's performed a lot, as many a savvy singer, from Liza Minnelli to Elaine Stritch, has included it in her act.

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