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For Once in My Life

Music by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden

Originally Performed by Stevie Wonder

"For Once in My Life" is a swing song written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for Motown Records' Stein & Van Stock publishing company, and first recorded in 1966.

It was written and first recorded as a slow ballad. There are differing accounts of its earliest versions, although it seems that it was first recorded by Barbara McNair, but first released in 1966 by Jean DuShon. Other early versions of the ballad were issued by The Four Tops, The Temptations, Diana Ross and Tony Bennett whose recording was the first to reach the pop charts.

The most familiar and successful version of "For Once in My Life" is an uptempo arrangement by Stevie Wonder, recorded in 1967. Wonder's version, issued on Motown's Tamla label, was a top-three hit in the United States in late 1968 and early 1969.

    Release Date: 1966 on the album For Once in My Life


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Michael Buble : Songbook : Solo : Songbook : 073999065374 : 0634063146 : 00306537

Michael Buble : Songbook

All 13 songs from the major label debut by Michael Buble, a swingin' young Vancouver vocalist and major new talent! He has won several awards, including a Grammy and multiple Juno Awards. His first album reached the top ten in Lebanon, the UK and his home country of Canada, yet achieved only modest chart success in the United States. He found worldwide commercial success with his 2005 album It's Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible was an even bigger success, reaching number one on the Canadian album chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and the European charts. Buble has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

Songlist: Come Fly With Me, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Fever, For Once in My Life, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, Kissing A Fool, Moondance, Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Summer Wind, Sway (Quien Sera), That's All, The Way You Look Tonight, You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Michael Buble | 5192b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Pro Vocal : At The Lounge - Men's Edition : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088267193 : 1423460510 : 00740402

Pro Vocal : At The Lounge - Men's Edition

Whether you're a karaoke singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight hit songs. The CD contains demos for listening and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band. This volume includes 8 favorites.

Songlist: Call Me Irresponsible, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, Dream Lover, For Once in My Life, Hello, Dolly!, More, Wives And Lovers, You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You

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Voicing: Solo | 6007b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Melody/Lyrics/Chords


Pro Vocal : Motown - Male Voice : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088218454 : 142343532X : 00740385

Pro Vocal : Motown - Male Voice

Whether you're a karaoke singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight classic songs. The CD contains demos for listening and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band.

Songlist: Baby I Need Your Lovin', For Once in My Life, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), I Heard It Through The Grapevine, I Second That Emotion, My Cherie Amour, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, You've Really Got a Hold on Me

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Voicing: Solo | 6808b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Melody/Lyrics/Chords


Stevie Wonder : Stevie Wonder - Written Musiquarium : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999062885 : 0634004972 : 00306288

Stevie Wonder : Stevie Wonder - Written Musiquarium

Features 41 hits spanning his long and illustrious career: All Is Fair in Love - Ebony and Ivory - For Once in My Life - Higher Ground - I Just Called to Say I Love You - Isn't She Lovely - My Cherie Amour - Overjoyed - Part Time Lover - Ribbon in the Sky - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Sir Duke - Superstition - That Girl - Uptight (Everything's Alright) - You Are the Sunshine of My Life - more. Includes a partial discography.

Songlist: You And I, For Your Love, All In Love Is Fair, True To Your Heart, Master Blaster, Fingertips (Part 2), Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day, All I Do, As, Lately, You Will Know, Kiss Lonely Good-bye, Higher Ground, Overjoyed, For Once in My Life, Boogie On Reggae Woman, I Wish, Do I Do, Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, Ebony And Ivory, That Girl, Go Home, Heaven Help Us All, I Just Called To Say I Love You, I Was Made To Love Her, If You Really Love Me, Living For The City, Love Light In Flight, My Cherie Amour, Part Time Lover, and more

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Stevie Wonder | 20256b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Stevie Wonder : The Best of Stevie Wonder : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999064209 : 0634031643 : 00306420

Stevie Wonder : The Best of Stevie Wonder

20 of the greatest hits from this legendary Motown superstar's illustrious career. Includes: Ebony and Ivory - For Once in My Life - Higher Ground - I Just Called to Say I Love You - I Was Made to Love Her - I Wish - Isn't She Lovely - Living for the City - My Cherie Amour - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Sir Duke - Superstition - Uptight (Everything's Alright) - You and I - You Are the Sunshine of My Life - and more.

Songlist: You And I, Fingertips (Part 2), Higher Ground, For Once in My Life, I Wish, Ebony And Ivory, I Just Called To Say I Love You, I Was Made To Love Her, If You Really Love Me, Living For The City, My Cherie Amour, A Place In The Sun, Ribbon in the Sky, Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours, Sir Duke, Superstition, Uptight (Everything's Alright), You Are the Sunshine of My Life, You Haven't Done Nothin', Isn't She Lovely

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Stevie Wonder | 20257b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Stevie Wonder : The Stevie Wonder Anthology : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999064476 : 0634036610 : 00306447

Stevie Wonder : The Stevie Wonder Anthology

A must for every Wonder fan, this is a comprehensive collection of 75 gems from 1963 to 1998. Includes: Boogie On Reggae Woman - Ebony and Ivory - Fingertips (Part 2) - For Once in My Life - Higher Ground - I Just Called to Say I Love You - I Was Made to Love Her - Isn't She Lovely - My Cherie Amour - Part Time Lover - Ribbon in the Sky - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Sir Duke - Superstition - Uptight (Everything's Alright) - You Are the Sunshine of My Life - and more. This deluxe, 368-page collection also features a discography of all the songs, listed chronologically by album!

Songlist: You And I, For Your Love, All In Love Is Fair, True To Your Heart, Master Blaster, Fingertips (Part 2), Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day, All I Do, As, Lately, You Will Know, Kiss Lonely Good-bye, If It's Magic, I Ain't Gonna Stand For It, Never Had A Dream Come True, Another Star, Did I Hear You Say You Love Me, Don't Drive Drunk, Ecclesiastes, Get It, Happy Birthday, He's Misstra Know It All, Heaven Is Ten Zillion Light Years Away, I'm Wondering, It's You, Joy Inside My Tears, Keep On Running, Knocks Me Off My Feet, Land Of La La, Ngiculela-Es Una Historia I Am Singing, and more

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Stevie Wonder | 20258b | Songbook | $29.95 | PVG


Tony Bennett : Tony Bennett Sheet Music Anthology : Solo : Songbook : 888680915025 : 1540046044 : 00289023

Tony Bennett : Tony Bennett Sheet Music Anthology

100 songs from Bennett's remarkable and lengthy career which started in the early 1950s and is still going strong today! Our songbook features his very best arranged for piano/vocal/guitar, including: As Time Goes By - Because of You - Bein' Green - Body and Soul - Cheek to Cheek - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - The Good Life - I Left My Heart in San Francisco - I Wanna Be Around - It Had to Be You - Just in Time - The Lady Is a Tramp - Moonlight in Vermont - New York State of Mind - Over the Rainbow - Put on a Happy Face - Rags to Riches - Smile - Stella by Starlight - Tender Is the Night - and more.

Songlist: Anything Goes, Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive, Rags To Riches, Dancing In The Dark, Once Upon A Time, Smile, I'm A Fool To Want You, All My Tomorrows, All The Things You Are, Because Of You, The Good Life, I'll Be Around, Alright, Okay, You Win, Firefly, Are You Havin' Any Fun?, New York, New York, As Time Goes By, Sweet Lorraine, Tender Is The Night, Some Other Time, Bein' Green, The Best Is Yet To Come, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Blue Moon, Blue Velvet, For Once In My Life, Body And Soul, The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Emily, Look For The Silver Lining, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 70727b | Songbook | $29.95 | PVG


Various : The Big Book of Oldies : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999376715 : 0634032542 : 00310756

Various : The Big Book of Oldies

A whopping collection of 73 classic hits from the '50s and '60s for piano/vocal/guitar. Songs include: All My Loving - Barbara Ann - Be-Bop-A-Lula - Can't Take My Eyes off of You - Crimson and Clover - Crying - Donna - For Once in My Life - Get a Job - Good Vibrations - Great Balls of Fire - Green Onions - I Think We're Alone Now - Jailhouse Rock - Kansas City - La Bamba - Mellow Yellow - Mony, Mony - Rag Doll - Respect - Soldier Boy - Stagger Lee - Soul Man - Twist and Shout - Winchester Cathedral - Windy - You Keep Me Hangin' On - more!

Songlist: Walkin' The Dog, Ahab The Arab, Let's Get Together (Get Together), All My Loving, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Stand By Me, Jenifer Juniper, Along Comes Mary, Dizzy, Heartbreak Hotel, Crystal Blue Persuasion, Nobody But Me, Hold On I'm Comin', Soldier Boy, Ya Ya, Stormy, Somebody To Love, Elenore, Respect, Sock It To Me Baby, Donna, Barbara Ann, Be-Bop-A-Lula, Be True To Your School, For Once In My Life, Book Of Love, La Bamba, California Sun, I Thank You, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20297b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Growing Girls : All Grown Up : 00  1 CD

Growing Girls : All Grown Up

The popularity of these four charming Swedish ladies remains unabated, though it's been over a decade since they won the Sweet Adelines crown. "All Grown Up" opens with a snippet from their first rehearsal, in 1979, when the four first began singing together. They were girls then, as the picture on the CD will prove, and that auspicious occasion led to a lifetime engagement! The interpretive skills, range and timbre that characterize their sound are partly learned, but also due in part to lucky happenstance - the kind that occurs when four voices complement each other, resulting in a lusciously full representation of the audio palette! This rainbow is at its most dazzling on "The Man I Love," "Deed I Do" and "Where Is Love," combining talent with arrangements tailor-made to show it at its best.

Songlist: Do Lord, This Could Be The Start Of Something Big, If You Had All The World And It's Gold, Anything Goes, I Only Have Eyes For You, Goodbye Goodbye, The Man I Love, For Once in My Life, The Churchbells Are Ringing For Mary, Deed I Do, Where Is Love?, 60's Medley, Anthem

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5399c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Jackpot! : Can You Hear Me Now? : 00  1 CD

Jackpot! : Can You Hear Me Now?

Kay, Gina, Joanie and Jan-Winter Park, Florida's Jackpot! Quartet, has been together for over 6 years now and are the 2009 Sweet Adelines International 2nd place finalists. These 12 rock-solid Sweet Adelines standards show us what was clear to the judges - this quartet has big voices, big harmonies and the kind of wonderful, ringing chords rarely heard in a Sweet Adelines group. Favorites are "Taking a Chance on Love," "Unforgettable," "For Once in My Life," "Almost Like Being in Love," "Easy Street," "Money Medley," "I'll Take Romance" and "How Deep is the Ocean." The debut CD "Can You Hear Me Now" has the good stuff, certainly one of the best Sweet Adelines recordings we've heard in a long time, by one of Sweet Adelines' top quartets!

Songlist: Blue Skies, I've Got The World On A String, Taking A Chance On Love, That's Life!, Unforgettable , For Once in My Life, Almost Like Being In Love, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Easy Street, Money Medley, I'll Take Romance, How Deep Is The Ocean?

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5847c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Realtime : Four Brothers : 00  1 CD

Realtime : Four Brothers

Alberta, BC (Canada)-based RealTime is an a cappella vocal group that sings and performs in a wide variety of vocal music, from Contemporary to Barbershop and everything in between. They became the World Champions of barbershop singing in 2005 when they won the Barbershop Harmony Society contest, held in Salt Lake City. Their debut CD is "Four Brothers," containing the best material from their first year. 13 tunes: Barbershop tunes "When the Saints Go Marchin' In," "Come Fly With Me," "I've Got A Gal in Kalamazoo," "The Birth of the Blues," "All of Me," "Yesterday I Heard the Rain," "Keep Your Sunny Side Up," and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." The jazzy title tune, the jazz standard "It Was A Very Good Year," and the ballads "Loch Lomond" and "Anthem" round out the finely-crafted program. "Four Brothers" has the beautiful arrangements, tight harmonies and sheer great entertainment that are making RealTime one of the fastest-rising groups in the Barbershop world.

Songlist: When The Saints Go Marchin' In, Come Fly With Me, Loch Lomond, I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo, Four Brothers, The Birth Of The Blues, All Of Me, Yesterday I Heard The Rain, Keep Your Sunny Side Up, For Once in My Life, Everything's Coming Up Roses, It Was A Very Good Year, Anthem

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5673c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Second Edition & The Growing Girls : The Best Of Two Worlds Live : 00  1 CD

Second Edition & The Growing Girls : The Best Of Two Worlds Live

These two legendary groups took The Best Of Two Worlds concert on tour for over a year beginning in the late fall of 1989 performing in Chicago, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Sweden and New Zealand. The Best Of Two Worlds Live! was recorded at the premiere concert on November 8, 1989 in the Bomhard Theater at The Kentucky Center in Louisville, Kentucky USA featuring Master of Ceremonies Dan Burgess, baritone of 1978 BHS International Champions, Bluegrass Student Union. It was recorded but never released... until now! Digitally mastered for the first time from the original reels, enjoy the thrilling sounds of The Second Edition and Growing Girls LIVE! This recording features 20 songs, including Growing Girls favorites; 60's Medley, I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again, Anything Goes, and Bandstand Boogie, as well as The Second Edition favorites; Almost Like Being In Love, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home, and Sweet Georgia Brown. Also features both groups combined on songs like Misty! Enjoy a special appearance by The Harrington Brothers, an accompanied solo by David Harrington, and many more favorites!

Songlist: Almost Like Being In Love, I'm Sitting On Top Of The World, Hello My Baby, For Once in My Life, The Church Bells Are Ringing For Mary, Royal Garden Blues, 60's Medley, If You Were The Only Girl In The World, I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again, Doin' The Raccoon, Sweet Georgia Brown, Anything Goes, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?, Jeepers Creepers, Them There Eyes Medley, What'll I Do?, Hymn To Summer, Bandstand Boogie, Misty

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22229c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Touche : Touche : 00  1 CD

Touche : Touche

From the 2013 International Queens of Harmony comes a wonderful recording of adroitly arranged and exquisitely sung standards and classics. Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" actually makes you smile, Larry Wright's arrangement of "As Long As I'm Singing" makes you want to sing and "The Way You Look Tonight" will have you making googly eyes at your significant other! This is the kind of recording that puts you in a great mood and leaves you singing away long after the recording is finished.

Songlist: Smile, For Once in My Life, Auld Lang Syne, As Long As I'm Singing, Come Rain or Come Shine, Midnight Choo Choo, Someone Like You, The Night We Called It A Day, Abide With Me, Hooray For Love, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, A-Tisket A-Tasket, The Way You Look Tonight, It Is Well With My Soul

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22173c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Vocal Majority : Love Songs By Request : 00  1 CD : Jim Clancy : VM19000

Vocal Majority : Love Songs By Request

The 160-plus men who form "America's Premier Pops Chorus" are all volunteers, performing purely for the love of music, ably led by acclaimed director and primary arranger Jim Clancy. The VMC has, of course, won numerous SPEBSQSA Chorus Gold Medals since 1975 and has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Here are 15 of the most beautiful love songs ever recorded. We hear the smooth, lush sounds of this legendary chorus in never-before-released cuts of "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" and "In The Still of the Night." There are new recordings of "How Deep is the Ocean," "Jimmy Webb Medley" (Didn't We/MacArthur Park), and "For Once in My Life." The others are selections from the VMC's 11 CDs. 4, including "When I Fall in Love," "No Arms Can Ever Hold You," "Antonio Carlos Jobim Medley" and "Moonlight Serenade, are orchestrally accompanied. Perfect phrasing, ringing harmonies, tremendous feeling--the judges are right, these guys are the best! Recommended.

Songlist: When I Fall in Love, If I Give My Heart to You, In the Still of the Night, The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, No Arms Can Ever Hold You (Like These Arms of Mine), For Once in My Life, My Funny Valentine, Antonio Carlos Jobim Medley, How Deep is the Ocean, Moonlight Serenade, Jimmy Webb Medley, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, I'll Be Seeing You

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5385c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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For Once in My Life : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Ron Miller : Stevie Wonder :  1 CD : 08201501 : 073999604252

Kirby Shaw : For Once in My Life

You're going to love this fresh Latin-flavored treatment of this classic Stevie Wonder pop hit of 1968. Starting with simple unison lines, it develops texturally to a roaring finish!Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak (Combo) and ShowTrax CD.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composers: Ron Miller and Orlando Murden Performed By: Stevie Wonder

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201501 | Showtrax CD Available


For Once in My Life : SAB : Kirby Shaw : Ron Miller : Stevie Wonder : Sheet Music : 08201502 : 073999125290

Kirby Shaw : For Once in My Life

You're going to love this fresh Latin-flavored treatment of this classic Stevie Wonder pop hit of 1968. Starting with simple unison lines, it develops texturally to a roaring finish!Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak (Combo) and ShowTrax CD.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composers: Ron Miller and Orlando Murden Performed By: Stevie Wonder

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201502 | Showtrax CD Available


For Once in My Life : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Ron Miller : Stevie Wonder : Sheet Music : 08201503 : 073999648645

Kirby Shaw : For Once in My Life

You're going to love this fresh Latin-flavored treatment of this classic Stevie Wonder pop hit of 1968. Starting with simple unison lines, it develops texturally to a roaring finish!Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak (Combo) and ShowTrax CD.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composers: Ron Miller and Orlando Murden Performed By: Stevie Wonder

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201503 | Showtrax CD Available

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