FROM THE ARCHIVE 250 -1961-

“Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was publicized first in the movie, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song. From 1967 to 1973, it was used as the theme song to Love is a Many Splendored Thing, the soap opera based on the movie.

The music was commissioned for the movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing and initially featured as background music. Lyrics were subsequently added to make it eligible for the Best Original Song category of the Academy Awards. The original lyrics were rejected by the studio so new ones were written.

The best-selling version of the song was recorded by The Four Aces, issued by Decca Records as catalog number 29625. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart and number one on both Billboard and Cash Box in 1955. The recording by The Four Aces is featured in the film Cookie (1989).

A version by Don Cornell was recorded approximately at the same time. It was issued by Coral Records as catalog number 61467. The song has also has been recorded by Ringo Starr (on his album Sentimental Journey), Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole , Shirley Bassey and Barry Manilow. Neil Sedaka recorded the song in Italian as “L’Amore E’ Una Cosa Meravigliosa”. Connie Francis recorded the song in Italian in 1960 during the work for her album More Italian Favorites, although this version remains unreleased to this day. Francis also recorded the original English lyrics in 1961 for her album Connie Francis Sings ‘Never on Sunday’ and Other Title Songs from Motion Pictures. The instrumental playback of this 1961 recording was also used when Francis cut a German-language version, “Sag, weißt du denn, was Liebe ist”, in 1966. The song was about that time also performed by Fairuz in Arabian language (“Zar Bisukun Al Lail”). A Disco version was recorded by Tina Charles in 1980. Jeff Lynne recorded his version for his nostalgic cover album Long Wave in 2012.

This song has been heard in movies such as Grease, In the Cold of the Night, Private Parts, St. Trinian’s, St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, and The Nutty Professor 2. The song was referenced in Moulin Rouge! when Christian says, “Love is like oxygen – love is a many splendored thing – love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love!.”

It has been also heard in the series Bones, in the 14th episode of the fourth season. (From Wikipedia)

Love is a many splendored thing 1

Love is a many splendored thing 2

Selections+from+Shirley+and+Shirley+BasseyLyrics:

Love is a many splendored thing
It’s the April rose that only grows in the early spring
Love is nature’s way of giving a reason to be living
The golden crown that makes a man a king

Once on a high and windy hill
In the morning mist, two lovers kissed and the world stood still
Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing
Yes, true love’s a many splendored thing

Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing
Yes, true love’s a many splendored thing

1961 H

2 thoughts on “FROM THE ARCHIVE 250 -1961-”

  1. I ADORE THE SONG, ADORE THIS PARTICULAR L.P/ CD . LATE NIGHT ROMANCE BY DSB, MAKES ME MELT BASSEY AT HER VERY BEST, 1961, THANKS FOR THIS GREAT ARCHIVE PIETER & THE TEAM .

    DENNIS JERSEY CHANNEL ISLANDS

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