Taking a Chance on Love
"Taking a Chance on Love" is a popular song from the 1940 Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky. It was introduced by Ethel Waters playing the role of Petunia Jackson both on Broadway and later in the 1943 MGM musical Cabin in the Sky (film). The song was written by Vernon Duke with lyrics by John La Touche and Ted Fetter (see 1940 in music). It has become a standard.
A Benny Goodman cover featuring Helen Forrest (which was recorded in 1940) reached No. 1 in 1943; Sammy Kaye also enjoyed chart success in 1943, reaching the No. 13 position. Since then, "Taking A Chance On Love" has become part of the American Songbook and has been sung and recorded by many prominent performers, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett.