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FROM THE ARCHIVE 263 -1962-

What Now My Love: (Original French lyrics by Pierre Delanoë.)

recorded: July 4, 1962
released:
UK: July, 1962 on Columbia single DB 4882
US: August 10, 1962 on United Artists single UA 503
charted: single UK: #5, August 30, 1962

In 1962 released on the album Let’s Face The Music and on some singles. The single reached position number five in the UK singles charts and stayed in the charts for 17 weeks.
The song is available on CD on a digitally remastered album. A new studio recording with the London Symphony Orchestra was released in 1984 on the album I Am What I Am. A live recording is available for example on the 1997 The Birthday Concert and on the video Shirley Bassey Live In Cardiff.

This was originally the French song “Et Maintenant” by Gilbert Bécaud 1961.

Other songs of Gilbert Bécaud recorded by Shirley Bassey are Love On The Rocks, and It Must Be Him.

“Et Maintenant” has been re-recorded more than 150 times. With the English lyrics by Carl Sigman as “What Now My Love” it became famous all around the world.
1966 Sonny and Cher reached position number 14 in the US Billboard with this song.

In the album sleeve note Kenneth Hume wrote:

“One of the last arrangements being What Now My Love, was written by Nelson Riddle the morning of the recording session and parts of the orchestra score only arrived halfway through the session – the copying being done by an extraordinary organisation, appropriately called Panic Music…”

Below the live version from 1980. Also the remix version of this song from the ‘Get the party started’ CD.

For the video click left

For the remix click the player below

Lyrics:

What now my love?
Now that you’ve left me
How can I live Through another day?
Watching my dreams Turning to ashes
And my hopes Into bits of clay

Once I could see
Once I could feel
Now I’m numb
I’ve become unreal
I walk the night
Without a goal
Stripped of my heart
My soul

What now my love?
Now that it’s over
I feel the world
Closing in on me
Here come the stars
Tumbling around me
There’s the sky
Where the sea should be

What now my love?
Now that you’re gone
I’d be a fool
To go on and on
No one would care
No one would cry
If I should live
Or die

What now my love?
Now there is nothing
Only my last Good-bye

(Transcribed by Roman)

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 262 -1962-

“Tonight” is a popular song with music written by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and was published in 1956.

It was introduced in the Broadway musical West Side Story. The song was revived in 1961 on single records in versions by Ferrante & Teicher (#8 pop, #2 easy listening) and Eddie Fisher, whose version narrowly missed the Top 40. Shirley Bassey recorded the song in 1962, where it peaked at #21 on the UK charts, becoming the only recording of this song to chart on the UK charts. Jay and the Americans also released a cover version of the song. Andy Williams released a version on his 1962 album, Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes. Sergio Franchi recorded the song in his 1963 RCA Records Red Seal album, Broadway, I Love You. We Five released the song on their 1966 album, You Were on My Mind.

Many of the pieces in “West Side Story” experiment with different melodic tricks. This song is notable for its prominent perfect fourth intervals, and a theme that starts on a pentatonic scale but develops into a western key.

Jenna Ushkowitz sang the song on Glee, on the episode Preggers. The song also was a plot device in the episode. When Tina (Ushkowitz) gets the part, Rachel (Lea Michele) says that she thought all West Side Story material goes to herself, also with both her and Natalie Wood being Jewish. At the end, when Tina still gets the song, Rachel quits Glee Club to star as Sally Bowles in the school production of Cabaret. Tonight was featured again in the fifth episode of the third season of the show, “The First Time,” this time sung by Lea Michele and Darren Criss.

Gloria Estefan recorded the song with Dave Grusin from the album “Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story” (1997).
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Tonight, tonight, won’t be just any night,
Tonight there will be no morning star
Tonight, tonight, I’ll see my love tonight.
And for us, stars will stop where they are.

Today the minutes seem like hours,
The hours go so slowly,
And still the sky is light

Oh moon, grow bright,
And make this endless day endless night!
Tonight

The hours go so slowly,
And still the sky is light

Oh moon, grow bright,
And make this endless day endless night!
Tonight

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 261 -1962-

Let’s Start All Over Again was released in 1962 as the B-side of the single ‘Tonight’. Below a programm from 1962.

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Lyrics:

I’ve tried to live my life without you,
And while I had good cause to doubt you,
There’s something woderful about you,
Let’s start all over again.
I’ve found no lips like yours to kiss me,
If now you’ll only say you’ve missed me,
Around your finger you can twist me,
Let’s start all over again.
Let’s forget the harsh words,
Let’s begin a new,
We will need no passwords,
Ours is ‘I love you’,
Tho’all those artificial faces,
Will bawl us out as hopeless cases,
They don’t know what your warm embrace is,
Let’s start all over again.
Let’s forget the harsh words,
Let’s begin a new,
We will need no passwords,
Ours is ‘I love you’,
Tho’all those artificial faces,
Will bawl us out as hopeless cases,
They don’t know what your warm embrace is,
Let’s start all over again.

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