Larry DeAngleo sings “For Once in My Life”, 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. The song was included on the soundtrack to the 2001 film See Spot Run and the soundtrack to 2010’s Shrek Forever After.