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Connie Francis – Love is a Many Splendered Thing

Connie Francis – Love is a Many Splendored Thing –

“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. Although credited to Sammy Fain the refrain is based on Un Bel di Vedremo from Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

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 best-selling version of the song was recorded by The Four Aces, issued by Decca Records. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, and number one on both Billboard and Cash Box in 1955.

The song has also has been recorded by Ringo Starr (on his 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”.

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