First recorded (as “I Gotta Be Me”) by Steve Lawrence (MOR #6 1968).
Also recorded by Della Reese (1968).
Other hit versions by Sammy Davis, Jr. (US #11/MOR #1 1968), Tony Bennett (MOR #29 1969).
From the wiki: “‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ appeared in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow, which starred Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé. The musical opened in New York City at the Shubert Theatre on February 4, 1968. The music and lyrics for the musical were by Walter Marks and were composed in 1967. Lawrence released the song as a single in 1967, and the following year it hit #6 on the Billboard MOR chart, with little or no support from traditional Top 40 radio.
“Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded the song in 1968 while the musical was still running on Broadway, altering the title slightly to ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ and releasing it as a single late in the year. This version of the song was a surprise hit for Davis, since the musical was not among the more successful shows on Broadway that season. It became Davis’ third-highest charting single in his career on the Hot 100.”
Della Reese, “I’ve Gotta Be Me” (1968):
Sammy Davis, Jr., “I’ve Gotta Be Me” (1968):
Tony Bennett, “I’ve Gotta Be Me” (1969):