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 Connie Hainesbut first released in by Jean DuShon.
Other early versions of the ballad were issued by The Four TopsThe TemptationsDiana Ross and Tony Bennettwhose 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 Wonderrecorded in Wonder's version, issued on Motown's Tamla label, was a top-three hit in the United States and Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - The First Edition* - Just Dropped In ( United Kingdom in late and early Miller and Murden wrote the song in as a slow ballad, and passed it around various singers so that it could be tried out and refined.
Among those who, it is claimed, heard and performed the song in about — but did not record it — are Jo Thompson, a club singer in Detroit; Sherry Kaye, who may have performed it in a musical revue at the Gem Theater;  and Johnny Hartmanwho turned it down.
Jean DuShon was one of the singers who was originally tapped by Ron Miller to demo the song as he was fine-tuning the composition. Miller was impressed by DuShon's rendition, and her version, produced by Esmond Edwardswas issued as a single on Chess Records ' Cadet label in October Although the record label gave the sole songwriting credit to Murden, Motown CEO Berry Gordy discovered that Miller — who was contracted to Motown — had co-written the song, and reportedly asked Chess not to promote the single.
Connie Haines was a contracted singer signed to Motown in and as indicated by the Motown session logs and tape information, she recorded the first version of the song at the label in July Barbara Oh Yeah - Can - Tago Mago version of the song was recorded as early as October and backed up by a symphony orchestra and produced by Frank Wilson.
Some sources suggest that the song was originally written for McNair;  others that Gordy, hearing the song, insisted that she record it.
Singer Jack Soo claimed that he was the first male artist to record a version of the song, after he joined Motown in as one of their first non-African American artists.
The record was never released and was permanently shelved in the Motown archives. The Temptations Die For Me - T.S.O.L.
- Dance With Me recorded the song for their pop standards based album The Temptations in a Mellow Moodreleased in July Williams' most famous performance of the number was during The Supremes and Temptations' TCB television special ina performance cited as the apex of Williams' career.
Also inTony Bennett 's recording of the song peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart number 8 on the Easy Listening survey  and was the title track of his album For Once in My Life.
Stevie Wonder 's version was recorded at about the same time as The Temptations' in the summer of Gordy vetoed the single's release, and the recording was shelved. Billie Jean Brown, the head of the Motown Quality Control department, finally coerced Gordy into allowing Wonder's version to be released in October Wonder's version of the track is often singled out by bassists as the greatest example of James Jamerson 's playing style, with no two bars of music played alike during the whole song; a completely improvisational line that is both melodic and For Once In My Life - The Rass-es* - Experience to Wonder's vocal.
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