About the song

If you are a fan of classic pop music, you might be familiar with the song “It’s Up To You” by Rick Nelson. This catchy tune was one of Nelson’s biggest hits in the early 1960s, reaching the top 10 on several charts in the US and the UK. But do you know the story behind this song? Who wrote it, who played on it, and what inspired it? In this blog post, we will explore the history of “It’s Up To You” and how it became a pop standard.

The song was written by Jerry Fuller, a singer-songwriter who had previously worked with Nelson on his hit “Travelin’ Man”. Fuller was also a friend of Glen Campbell, who was a session guitarist at the time. Fuller and Campbell teamed up with another guitarist, David Burgess, to provide backup vocals for Nelson on “It’s Up To You”. The song was recorded in December 1962 at United Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, with Jimmie Haskell as the arranger and conductor.

The song is a simple but effective expression of love and devotion, with Nelson singing to his sweetheart that he will do anything for her, as long as she loves him back. The melody is upbeat and catchy, with a prominent guitar riff and a smooth vocal harmony. The song has a classic pop structure, with a verse-chorus-verse-bridge-chorus format. The song also features a key change in the final chorus, adding some drama and excitement to the climax.

The song was released as a single by Imperial Records in December 1962, with “I Need You” as the B-side. It was also the title track of Nelson’s album, which came out in February 1963. The song was an instant hit, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on the easy listening chart, No. 24 on the R&B chart, and No. 22 in the UK Singles Chart in 1963 . The song was also popular on radio and jukeboxes, and was featured on several TV shows, including Nelson’s own sitcom, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

The song has been covered by many artists over the years, including Bobby Vee, Skeeter Davis, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Tillotson, Brenda Lee, and Glen Campbell himself. The song has also been used in movies and commercials, such as The Parent Trap (1998), Shrek Forever After (2010), and Coca-Cola (2013). The song is considered one of Nelson’s signature songs, and one of the best examples of his pop style.

“It’s Up To You” is a song that has stood the test of time, thanks to its catchy melody, heartfelt lyrics, and charming performance by Rick Nelson. It is a song that celebrates love and happiness, and invites listeners to sing along and dance. It is a song that reminds us that sometimes, it’s up to us to make our dreams come true.

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Lyrics

It’s up to you
Because I’ve done everything I can
I hope that you
Will say that I’m your loving man
Make up your mind
And do what you’re gonna do
Well you know how I feel
So I’m leaving it up to you
It’s all so clear
That I would give everything I own
To have you near
Never leave me all alone
I need your love
So, darling, please be fair
Let me know where I stand
And I hope that you say you care
Well I’ve laid my cards on the table
And it’s oh so plain to see
That I’m ready, willing and able
To love you faithfully
It’s up to you
No, it’s not for me to say
You love me too
Oh, but I hope you feel that way
Make up your mind
And do what you’re gonna do
Well you know how I feel
So I’m leaving it up to you
Make up your mind
And do what you’re gonna do
Well you know how I feel
So I’m leaving it up to you
It’s up to you
Darling, it’s up to you
Baby, it’s up to you
Darling, it’s up to you
Baby, it’s up to you
Darling, it’s up to you
Baby, it’s up to you