(Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen To You

It Could Happen to You
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1958[1]
RecordedAugust 1958
Reeves Sound Studios, New York City
Length52:39 (2010 reissue)
RLP 12-278
ProducerBill Grauer
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(Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen to You is an album by jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker. It follows a formula similar to two other Baker albums, Chet Baker Sings (1954) and Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman & Strings (recorded in 1955, released in 1964[2]) in which he sings traditional pop standards in a jazzy fashion. Unlike the aforementioned records, on It Could Happen to You, on a few tracks, Baker plays no trumpet whatsoever, opting to scat in place of an instrumental solo.[3]

In 2010, it was remastered and reissued on CD by Original Jazz Classics with two previously unissued takes.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[6]

The Allmusic review by Lindsay Planer awarded the album 4 stars and states:

One immediate distinction between these vocal sides and those recorded earlier in the decade for Pacific Jazz is the lissome quality of Baker's playing and, most notably, his increased capacity as a vocalist. The brilliant song selection certainly doesn't hurt either. This is an essential title in Chet Baker's 30-plus year canon

— Planer, Lindsay Allmusic review

Track listing[]

1."Do It the Hard Way"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart3:00
2."I'm Old Fashioned"Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer5:03
3."You're Driving Me Crazy"Walter Donaldson2:53
4."It Could Happen to You"Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke2:49
5."My Heart Stood Still"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart3:26
6."The More I See You"Harry Warren, Mack Gordon3:03
7."Everything Happens to Me"Matt Dennis, Tom Adair5:02
8."Dancing on the Ceiling"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart3:08
9."How Long Has This Been Going On?"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin4:10
10."Old Devil Moon"Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg2:59

1987 CD reissue bonus tracks[]

11."While My Lady Sleeps"Bronisłau Kaper, Gus Kahn4:21
12."You Make Me Feel So Young"Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon3:38

2010 CD reissue[]

  1. "Do It the Hard Way" – 3:03
  2. "I'm Old Fashioned" – 5:06
  3. "You're Driving Me Crazy" – 2:56
  4. "It Could Happen to You" – 2:53
  5. "My Heart Stood Still" – 3:28
  6. "The More I See You" – 3:06
  7. "Everything Happens to Me" – 5:05
  8. "Dancing on the Ceiling" – 3:09
  9. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" – 4:10
  10. "Old Devil Moon" – 2:58
  11. "While My Lady Sleeps" [Take 10] – 4:22
  12. "You Make Me Feel So Young" [Take 5] – 3:41
  13. "The More I See You" [Take 8] – 2:51
  14. "Everything Happens to Me" [Take 2] – 4:51



  1. ^ Billboard Nov 10, 1958
  2. ^ "Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings Review". allmusic. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  3. ^ "It Could Happen to You Information". iTunes. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  4. ^ "It Could Happen to You Information". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Chet Baker: The Legendary Riverside Albums". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  6. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.