|To Be with You|
Single by Mr. Big from the album Lean into It
B-side "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"
Released November 25, 1991
(U.S) January 1, 1992
Format Cassette, CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
Recorded 1991 Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA
Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Acoustic rock
Writer(s) Eric Martin, David Grahame
Producer Kevin Elson
To Be with You" is a song by the American hard rock band Mr. Big. It is the 11th and final track from the 1991 album Lean into It. The song charted in over 20 countries, many of them at number one, such as on the United States Billboard Hot 100. It also reached a peak of number three in the UK.
The song was written and composed by Eric Martin during his teen years. Raoul contributed to its melodic arrangements later on. Writing credit is also given to David Grahame, a songwriter working for the label at the time (though exactly what contributions each of the three men made to the song is unclear).
In his solo career, Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert performed the song live using the riff from the Van Halen song "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love".
While in Paul's apartment at Yucca Street in L.A., Eric and Paul were laying out their compositions. Eric had a ballad called "To Be With You". Paul had his psychedelic rock song called "Green Tinted Sixties Mind". Both felt the two songs were strong enough to be included in their upcoming album, despite it being purely rock; and true enough, these songs remained throughout the course of their career as a group and as solo artists.
Irish pop group Westlife performed the song during the acoustic session of their 2003 Greatest Hits Tour, and it was subsequently included on their Turnaround album later that year.
Australian male vocal group Human Nature included a cover of the song in their 2004 Walk the Tightrope studio album. Their interpretation was somewhat more pop/R&B than the original.
Old Man Gloom performed an acoustic cover of the song titled under the guise of "Gratuitous Bonus Track Made By Sensible Musicians Doing Questionable Things" on their 2003 EP Christmas Eve I and II + 6.
Andrew Spencer has also made dance remixes of the song in late 2007, early 2008. The pop-punk band Allister and Japanese "bilingual melodic punk band" Nicotine have also recorded covers of the song.
The song is also featured in the first act of Rock of Ages.
American musician David Cook and his band The Anthemic first covered this song in concert at the Orlando Food and Wine Festival on March 31, 2012.
The song was covered by Adhir Kalyan in the episode The Five Things in the sitcom Rules of Engagement to attempt to seduce a woman, but was picked as a prank by David Spade.
The song was sampled and remixed by Styles & Complete, the song is a Dubstep (genre) remix.