Song No. 110 — Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing | Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster (1955)

The sentimental Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing was introduced in August 1955 as theme song of the romantic motion picture of the same name. Arranged and conducted by orchestra leader Alfred Newman, it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song became an instant hit, especially with the version simultaneously released by The Four Aces which made it one of the first movie songs to top the US charts in the same year. In Brazil, Nat ‘King’ Cole’s recording with Nelson Riddle became the the most sucessful one, reaching #59 of 1956.

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing was obviously quite popular among musicians in Brazil as it was recorded about 70 times during the fifties and sixties. With adapted lyrics by Alberto Almeida, titled É Tão Sublime o Amor, the ballad was issued in Brazil on at least nine singles in 1955 and 1956 by Cauby Peixoto, Osny Silva, Romeu Fernandes, Don Al Bibi, Ribamar, Nuno Roland, Moacyr Silva, Norberto Baldauf and Mesquita. Peixoto’s version, which may have been the first, became the most successful reaching #67 of 1956.

Selected recordings of Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing:

1. Nat ‘King’ Cole from the single Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing b/w Autumn Leaves (1955, Capitol Records 45-CL 14364)

2. Cauby Peixoto from the single É Tão Sublime o Amor b/w Sem Teu Amor (Mattinata) (1955, Columbia CB-11.002-a) and the album Você, A Música e Cauby (1956, Columbia LPCB 36003)


3. Moacyr Silva from the album Moacyr Silva (1956, Copacabana CLP 3081)


4. Ribamar from the album Dançando com Ribamar (1956, Columbia LPCB 35020)


5. Sylvio Vianna from the album Sylvio Vianna e seu Conjunto de Danças (1956, Copacabana CLP 3082)


6. Romeu Fernandes from the single Adeus Bahia b/w É Tão Sublime o Amor (1956, RCA Victor 80-1577-a)

7. Pedróca from the album Parada de Sucessos (1956, Sinter SLP 1084)


8. Steve Bernard from the album Interpretações de Steve Bernard (1956, Odeon MODB 3046)


9. Moacir Peixoto from the album Quando Os Peixotos Encontram (1957, RGE XRLP 5008)


10. José Luciano from the album José Luciano, Seu Piano, Seu Ritmo (1957, Copacabana CLP 11007)


11. Guio de Morais from the album Devaneio (1958, Todamérica LPP-TA-313)

Guio de Morais - Devaneio (1959) a    Guio de Morais - Devaneio (1958) b

12. Dilermando Reis from the album Volta ai Mundo com Dilermando Reis (1959, Continental LPP 3070)


13. Fafá Lemos from the album Fafá Lemos, Seu Violino e Seu Ritmo (1959, RCA Victor BBL 1026)


14. Orquestra Continental de Jaú from the album Convite Para o Baile (1959, Internacional CID 27011)

15. Irany Pinto from the album Blues em Surdina (1960, Odeon MOFB 3128)

16. Os Violinos Mágicos from the album Os Violinos Mágicos No. 2 (1960, Musidisc XPL-2)

Art work for Os Violinos Mágicos No. 2 by Aldemir Martins

17. Orquestra Brasileira de Espetáculos from the album Boleros em Orquestra Vol. 2 (1962, Columbia LPCB 37220)


18. Jayme Araújo de Oliveira aka Teddy Garner from the album Sax ImortalTeddy Garner com Lyrio Panicali e Seus Violinos do Céu (1961, Columbia LPCB 37146)


19. Orquestra Serenata Tropical from the album Cine Solamente Cine (1962, Plaza PZ 7008)

20. Ivan Paulo da Silva aka Carioca from the album Dance… Dance… Dance… Carioca Swings, The Delphin Jr, Orchestra Plays (1962, Imperial IMP 30.032)


21. Sidney from the album Isto é Dança Vol. 3 (1962, CBS 37246)


22. Francisco José from the album Outra Vez…Cantando as Mais Lindas Canções (1965, Philips P 632.762 L)


23. Roberto Coura from the album Bailes Memoràveis (1965, Astor ALP-015)


24. Los Índios Tabajaras from the album The Many-Splendored Guitars of Los Índios Tabajaras (1965, RCA Victor LSP-3413)


25. The Red Snakes from the album Jovem Brasa 2 (1966, Getrim LP 5003)

Art work for Jovem Brasa 2 by Joselito

26. Wilma Bentivegna from the album As Mais Belas Canções de Amor (1968, Continental PPL 12390)

27. El-Son 7 from the album Brasília Jovem (1968, PR Studio ‎PR LP-1000)


Selected medleys including Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing:

1. Djalma Ferreira featuring Miltinho from the album Dançando Drink com Djalma Ferreira (1957, Continental LPP 3004)


2. Cipó from the album Melodias Favoritas da Tela (1959, Sinter SLP 1769)


Comparative versions of Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing:

1. Alfred Newman from the film Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (main titles) (1955)

2. The Four Aces from the single Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing b/w Shine on Harvest Moon (1955, Decca 9-29625)


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

[English lyrics by Paul Francis Webster]


É tão sublime o amor • O amor que tem da meiga flor o perfume, a cor • Uma estrada tão florida • Razões da própria vida • O sonho mais feliz de um sonhador

Foi só depois que te encontrei • Que aprendi a ver no nosso amor • A suprema lei • E não pode haver ninguém no mundo • Seja lá quem for • Sorrindo sem ter um grande amor

[Brazilian lyrics by Alberto Almeida]

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