Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (The Four Aces song)

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"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"
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Single by Four Aces
B-side Shine on Harvest Moon
Released 1955
Format 7-inch single
Genre Pop
Length 03:56
Writer(s) Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster

Peaked @ #1 on October 12, 1955

"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 (film)|Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song.<ref name="British Hit Singles & Albums"/> 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 included in the film's Academy Award|Oscar-winning score, composed and conducted by Alfred Newman (composer)|Alfred Newman. 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 Four Aces backed by the Jack Pleis Orchestra and 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 (film)|Cookie (1989). It became a gold record.

This song has been a staple of Engelbert Humperdinck's live show since 1995.


Other covers

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 been recorded by Ringo Starr (on his album Sentimental Journey (Ringo Starr album)|Sentimental Journey) Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Shirley Bassey] Nat King Cole 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 (singer)|Tina Charles in 1980. Jeff Lynne recorded his version for his nostalgic cover album Long Wave in 2012.

Lyrics

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

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


Weekly charts

Chart (1955) Peak
position
August 17, 1955 27
August 24, 1955 17
August 31, 1955 13
September 7, 1955 17
September 14, 1955 6
September 21, 1955 4
September 28, 1955 3
October 5, 1955 2
October 12, 1955 1
October 19, 1955 1
October 26, 1955 1
November 2, 1955 1
November 9, 1955 1
1
November 23, 1955 2
November 30, 1955 4
December 7, 1955 6
December 14, 1955 3
December 21, 1955 10
December 28, 1955 34
January 4, 1956 20
January 11, 1956 37
January 18, 1956 42
January 25, 1956 61
February 1, 1956 74
February 8, 1956 80