"As Time Goes By" is a song written by Herman Hupfeld for the 1931 Broadway musical, Everybody's Welcome. In the original show it was sung by Frances Williams. It was recorded that year by several artists, including Rudy Vallee.
The song was re-introduced in 1942 in the film Casablanca, sung by Dooley Wilson. Wilson never released a single of the song because of a musicians' strike at the time of the film's release — but a re-issue of Rudy Vallee's 1931 recording became a major seller in 1942.
The song has been performed by several artists, including Billie Holiday
, Perry Como
, Frank Sinatra
, Harry Nilsson
, Barbra Streisand
, Carly Simon
, Tony Bennett
, Jane Monheit
and Willie Nelson
- The Opening riff of the song is quoted at the start of the Tom Waits song Bad Liver and A Broken Heart, from 1976 the album Small Change
- Jimmy Durante on his 1963 pop standards album September Song. This rendition was later included on the soundtrack of Sleepless in Seattle.
- Parts were also used in the film What's Up, Doc? (1972).
- KISS drummer Peter Criss sang the intro to this track as a hidden bonus track on his 1980 solo album Out of Control.
- A 1989 episode of Kids Incorporated featured the song being performed by a young Jennifer Love Hewitt.
- Kenny Rogers included it on his multi-million selling Love Songs album in 1997.
- A snippet of the song is currently included in the 1999 opening logo sequence of Warner Bros. films and in the 2003 closing logo for Warner Bros. Television productions.
- In 1999, National Public Radio included it in the NPR 100, in which NPR's music editors sought to compile the one hundred most important American musical works of the 20th century.
- The song was performed by Lee Hazlewood in 2002 on the album Bootleg Dreams & Counterfeit Demos.
- A version of the song was recorded by Rod Stewart for his 2003 cover album As Time Goes By: the Great American Songbook 2
- The song was covered in 2006 by Taiwanese pop star, Wang Lee Hom, and was used to advertise Sony Ericsson.
- In a 2008 episode of Family Guy, "Play it Again, Brian," it was sung by voice artist/creator/writer/producer Seth MacFarlane in a montage of two of its main characters, Brian and Lois Griffin, on a date.