You Made Me Love You

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composition date
Joseph McCarthy
James V. Monaco
related performer(s)
Al Jolson

From pain to fame

Jolson was performing in The Honeymoon Express at the Winter Garden when he dropped down on one knee to ease the pain from an ingrown toenail. Finding himself in this awkward position, he spread his arms as if to envelop the audience—and a cliché was born. The song subsequently proved popular for Fannie Brice, Ruth Etting, Judy Garland, and Harry James.

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