Captured in Concert 1 + ‘As I Love You’ lyricist dies at 92

Wow! John Den Outer has sent me a magnificent collection of photos, most of which he took himself

I’ve never seen them before, apart from one or two, and they are exceptional

It’s such a pleasure to be able to share these with fans around the world

Here’s the first part of a sensational archive for everyone to enjoy

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“This is one of the first pictures I ever took of Shirley in 1975 at
the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam”

1983 Amsterdam Concertgebouw

1983 Amsterdam Concertgebouw

1983 The Hague – Congresgebouw

1983 The Hague – Congresgebouw

1983 The Hague – Congresgebouw

The good news is that there are more glorious moments to follow soon!

Photos: John Den Outer

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The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam’s beautiful concert hall

(gebouw means a building)

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Hit songwriter Ray Evans dies at 92
By Dennis McLellan
Times Staff Writer
Published February 16, 2007

‘As I Love You’ lyricist


Ray Evans, whose long collaboration with songwriting partner Jay Livingston
produced a string of hits that included the Oscar-winning “Buttons and
Bows,” “Mona Lisa” and “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera),” has
died. He was 92.

Evans, who teamed up with Livingston in the late 1930s, died of an apparent
heart attack at UCLA Medical Center on Thursday evening, Frederick Nicholas,
Evans’ lawyer and the trustee of his estate, said today.

Considered among Hollywood’s greatest songwriters, Livingston and Evans
wrote songs for dozens of movies, most of them at Paramount, where they were under contract from 1945 to 1955.

With Livingston providing the melodies and Evans writing the lyrics, the
team wrote 26 songs that reportedly sold more than 1 million copies each.

“Ray Evans, along with his late partner Jay Livingston, gave us some of the
most enduring songs in the great American songbook,” lyricist Alan Bergman
told The Times today. “We will miss him but know that his songs will live
on.”

In addition to their three Oscar-winning songs, Livingston and Evans earned
four other Oscar nominations – for “The Cat and the Canary” from “Why Girls
Leave Home” (1945); “Tammy,” sung by Debbie Reynolds in “Tammy and the
Bachelor” (1957); “Almost in Your Arms” from “Houseboat” (1958), and “Dear
Heart” from the movie of the same name (1964).

“Dear Heart,” with lyrics credited to Livingston and Evans and music by
Henry Mancini, became a big hit for Andy Williams.

“I just loved the record I made of ‘Dear Heart,’.” Williams told The Times
today. “Livingston and Evans were really part of the generation of
songwriters that I loved, and I sang a lot of their songs over the years. I
wasn’t as close to them like I was to Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini, but I
certainly recognized their talent and how good they were at their craft of
putting out great songs.”

Among Livingston and Evans’ songs, which reportedly have sold a total of
nearly 500 million copies, is the Christmas standard “Silver Bells.”
Introduced in the 1951 Bob Hope-Marilyn Maxwell comedy “The Lemon Drop Kid,”
“Silver Bells” is said to have been recorded by nearly 150 artists and has
sold more than 160 million copies.

The songwriting duo also wrote the memorable themes for the TV series
“Bonanza” and “Mr. Ed.”

“Ray had a great ear for language, for the vernacular, which is something he
had in common with many of the great lyricists,” singer-pianist Michael
Feinstein, who in 2002 released an album devoted to the Evans and Livingston
songbook, told The Times a few years ago.

“He was able to distill a mood or a feeling into a song without it sounding
clichéd,” Feinstein said. “He did not consider himself a sophisticated
writer, but he knew how to express the thoughts, feelings and emotions of
the common man in an eloquent way.”

Copyright: The Times

Thanks to Bigspenda

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Click here to watch Shirley sing As I Love You in 1966

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As I Love You
Written by Raymond B. Evans / Jay Livingston.

Released 1958 on a single. The selling started slow, but a chance appearance as a last minute substitute on “Saturday Night At The London Palladium” where she performed this song at the end of 1958 helped Shirley Bassey to become well known at that time and so the single sold very well.

In early 1959 Kiss Me, Honey, Honey, Kiss Me reached No. 3 in the UK charts and “As I Love You” reached No. 1 where it stayed several weeks. For some time these two records were running neck and neck in popularity and Shirley Bassey became the first female singer since 1954 to have two records in the top five. This was the first No. 1 hit for Shirley Bassey.

It is remarkable that this song had already been recorded by several top American performers without great success. For example this song had been performed in 1955 by Joe Williams with the band of Count Basie.

The song was contained in the 1959 album The Bewitching Miss Bassey (length 2:52).
A fresher arrangement has been released 1969 on the album Does Anybody Miss Me? (length 2:07).

Also recorded together with the London Symphony Orchestra 1984 on the album I Am What I Am (length 3:00).

A live recording was released 1970 on the album Live at Talk of the Town and Shirley Bassey has performed the song at many shows and concerts, also again on some recent events like for example on the Stately Homes Tour 2001 and Thank You for the Years 2003.

Most CD collections contain the 1958 version, but the 1969 version has been released digitally remastered on CD 1993 on Shirley Bassey – The Collection and in 2000 on The Greatest Hits – This Is My Life.

This song was also part of the soundtrack of the film “The Big Beat” (1958). Musical highlights in this film have been Gogi Grant, Fats Domino (“I’m Walking”) and The Diamonds. The film was about a young man just out of college who tries to persuade his father, who owns a record company, to start signing up rock ‘n’ roll acts.

The composer and songwriter Jay Livingston together with the lyricist Raymond B. Evans (known as Ray Evans) have been a very successful composing team. They wrote songs for a hundred films in the 40’s and 50’s and won three Oscars as a team for best songs.

Click on some of these songs to hear them:

“Buttons and Bows” from Bob Hope’s “The Paleface” (1948)
“Mona Lisa” from “Captain Carey U.S.A.” (1951)
“Que Sera Sera” from Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1957)

They were also nominated for
“Silver Bells” from Bob Hope comedy “The Lemon Drop Kid” (1951)
“Tammy” the theme song from the Debbie Reynolds film “Tammy and the Bachelor” (1957)
“The Cat and the Canary” (1939) for Livingston alone before the cooperation

They have then also been very successful for the TV, writing theme music for programs as varied as Bonanza”,
“Mister Ed” and the “Beetle Bailey” cartoons. Both were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Livingston studied classical piano as a child and at the University of Pennsylvania he studied composition and orchestration. During the study he organized a dance orchestra and played in a touring band, where he met Ray Evans. After graduation in 1937, the pair moved to New York. They had their first hit 1941 with “G’bye Now”. Before becoming a lyricist, Evans worked as a musician on cruise ships.

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Lyrics

I will love you
As I love you All my life
Every moment spent with you
Makes me more content with you
Just as you are
You are all I could pray for
All that you are
That’s what I wake up each day for
Every single
Touch and tingle
I adore
Every kiss from you to me
Always seems so new to me
Each one warmer
Than the one before
As I love you more and more and more

Every single
Touch and tingle
I adore
Every kiss from you to me
Always seems so new to me
Each one warmer
Than the one before
As I love you more and more And more

(in the 1969 version repeating the last verse during fade out)

Transcribed by Roman

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