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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

Music by Sammy Fain, Lyrics by Paul Francis

"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 included in the film's Oscar-winning score, composed and conducted by 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 The 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 (1989). It became a gold record.[citation needed] This song has been a staple of Engelbert Humperdinck's live show since 1995.

    Release Date: 1955


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Forever Plaid : Forever Plaid Songbook : Solo : 01 Songbook : 723188619313  : 00-VF1931

Forever Plaid : Forever Plaid Songbook

Twelve songs from the hit stage production of the same name.

Songlist: Three Coins in the Fountain, Undecided, Moments to Remember, Crazy 'Bout Ya, Baby, No, Not Much!, Cry, Sixteen Tons, Catch a Falling Star , Heart and Soul, Shangri-La, Rags to Riches, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

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Voicing: Solo | 2818b | Songbook | $12.95 | PVG


The Four Aces : Greatest Hits : 00  1 CD : MCA1 10886

The Four Aces : Greatest Hits

Close harmony groups, such as the Four Freshmen and Four Aces, were quite viable commercially, before the advent of rock and roll made so many of them redundant. Such was the case with the Four Aces, who had over thirty top forty hits before 1958. Many of the songs on this "Greatest Hits" CD were from these hit singles, and include such classic compositions as "Should I" "Perfidia" and "Melody Of Love, " which had been popularized decades earlier. Showy orchestrations compliment the confident lead of Al Alberts and the harmonies of his emphatic cohorts, who had evolved into a tight and effective unit.

Songlist: Tell Me Why, Perfidia, Three Coins In The Fountain, A Garden In The Rain, You Brought Me Love, (It's No) Sin, Heart and Soul, I' m Yours, I Understand, Stranger In Paradise, The Gang That Sang "Heart Of My Heart", Should I, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, Heart, It's A Woman's World, Melody Of Love, Mister Sandman

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4457c | 1 CD | $9.95 | Accompanied


Four Lads : Stage Show / Love Affair : 00  1 CD : 7651

Four Lads : Stage Show / Love Affair

You all know the story of the 4 young men from Toronto, who auditioned over the phone for a 2-week gig at NY's Le Ruban Bleu, which turned into a 30-week booking, a tour, a recording contract and many, many hits. This is another of those "2 lps on one CD" that we love so much, and that is such a good value. The fresh, upbeat, jazzy, best-selling sound of the Four Lads (all big-band accompanied) is heaped on our plates like strawberries and whipped cream. 20 hits, the first 8 a live stage show, performed before fans who raved over songs like "Bye and Bye," "God Bless Us All," "My Blue Heaven," "The Wabash Cannonball" and "What Can I Lose;" the next 12 a smorgasbord of romantic winners with miles of violins: "Fly Me to the Moon," "Like Someone In Love," "While We're Young," Leonard Bernstein's "Tonight," Sammy Cahn's "Time After Time" and "I'll Never Stop Loving You," "An Affair To Remember" and "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing." Fresh, jazzy pop, heart-tugging slow-dance music-it's all here, and all wonderful, by four lads whose influential sound defined the 1950s and early 60s.

Songlist: Stage Show:, The Opening Show, Bye and Bye, When You and I Were Young, Maggie, God Bless Us All, My Blue Heaven, The Wabash Cannonball, What Can I Lose, Medley: Swixie Bop, Love Affair:, Invitation, Fly Me to the Moon, Just Say I Love Her, Like Someone in Love, While We're Young, Magnificent Obsession, Time After Time, Tonight, I'll Never Stop Loving You, A Fellow Needs A Girl, An Affair to Remember, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

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4571c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Accompanied


Masters Of Harmony : California Gold Rush : 00  1 CD

Masters Of Harmony : California Gold Rush

On July 6, 1996, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the MOH chorus, under the direction of Dr. Greg Lyne, captured first place gold medals in SPEBSQSA's International Chorus Competition for the third straight time. In addition, Nightlife, a quartet from the ranks of the chorus, won the gold in the International Quartet Contest. The Santa Fe Springs, CA-based group took home all the gold there was to be had, and these 13 great tunes show us why: "All Aboard for Dixie Land," "Brother Can You Spare A Dime," "Whatever Happened to Melody," "Porgy and Bess Medley," "Love Is A Many Spendored Thing," "Ragtime Medley," "Alexander's Band Medley," "Just A Kid Named Joe," "My Romance," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "Basin Street Blues," "'Cross The Mason-Dixon Line" and "Love Me And The World Is Mine." Powerful, smooth, prize-winning stuff from the Masters!

Songlist: All Aboard for Dixie Land, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, Whatever Happened to Melody?, Porgy And Bess Medley, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Ragtime Medley, Alexander's Band Medley, Just a Kid Named Joe, My Romance, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Basin Street Blues, 'Cross the Mason-Dixon Line, Love Me, And the World Is Mine

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5123c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Various Artists : Best Of Acappella Vol 3 : 00  1 CD : 7112

Various Artists : Best Of Acappella Vol 3

Yo! It's just now 1966. The British invasion is in full force, even in New York and New Jersey, the last bastion of doo-woppers. As most of the groups were composed of members seventeen to nineteen years old and the draft was going gangbusters, groups were disappearing right and left. But acappella survived in spite of the fact that it received no airplay except on WHBI-FM. Volume 3 introduces seven new groups, The Islanders, The Durhams, Count Five, Horizons, Nicky & Naks, the Apparitions and the Enchantments in addition to the two veterans, the Citadels and the Quotations. So you'll find the nine groups singing twenty tunes on this CD reissue. The digital restoration of the original tapes is a work of art. Relic's presentation is a fascinating slice of the history of acappella music.

Songlist: I Wonder Why , A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening , I Do Believe , My True Story , Tonite I Fell In Love , Maureen , I've Seen Everything , Bells of Love , Rock 'n Roll Cha Cha , Why Did You Make Me Cry? , Sweeter Than, Maybe You'll Be There , Pennies From Heaven , Love Is a Many Splendored Thing , Part of Our Love , Down On My Knees , Hey, Hey Baby , Dream World , Don't Say We're Through , There Was A Time

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8773c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Western Continentals : Western Continentals : 00  1 CD

Western Continentals : Western Continentals

Springing from SPEBSQSA's contests and festivals aimed at young people, Baritone Paul Graham and lead Ted Bradshaw sang with the Devilaires at Arizona State. Other veterans of high school and college quartets came in and out of the group after its formation in 1964, helping it place 8th in Boston in 1965, but dropping to 21st in 1966. Adding Tenor Al Mau and Bass Phil Foote seemed to turn the Continentals around, and the group came out of nowhere to win Silver at the Los Angeles International in 1967. In 1968 they won it all, edging out the Golden Staters. One of the clearest, strongest leads ever to step up to a Barbershop mike, Ted Bradshaw shines on everything from "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "The Masquerade is Over," to the classic "I Believe," and the others match him note for breathless note. Sweet, Pure, Classic; in short, Incredible!

Songlist: Are you from Dixie?, Heart of a clown, If you ever fall in love, These foolish things remind me of you, My lovely one, Everything's coming up roses, By the time i get to Phoenix, Green green grass of home , Lone prairie, Down by the riverside autumn leaves, On a wornderful day like today, The boy I used to be, I've gotta be me, The masquerade is over, I'm gonna live till I die, Old....., I believe , Love is a many splendored thing, Annabel Lee, Little pal, Gonna Build a Mountain, When the Saints go Marching In

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5546c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing : SATB : Mark Hayes : Sammy Fain :  1 CD : 00-46442 : 038081528212

Mark Hayes : Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

The Four Aces hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with this ballad from the movie of the same name. Originally an instrumental-only title song, lyrics were added to make it Best Original Song eligible, a category that it won in 1955. Mark Hayes once again gives us an arrangement that is musically satisfying and beautifully expressive.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Sammy Fain | Lyricist: Paul Francis

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.00 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-46442 | Showtrax CD Available


Love Is a Many Splendored Thing : SAB : Mark Hayes : Sammy Fain : Sheet Music : 00-46443 : 038081528229

Mark Hayes : Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

The Four Aces hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with this ballad from the movie of the same name. Originally an instrumental-only title song, lyrics were added to make it Best Original Song eligible, a category that it won in 1955. Mark Hayes once again gives us an arrangement that is musically satisfying and beautifully expressive.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Sammy Fain | Lyricist: Paul Francis

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.00 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-46443 | Showtrax CD Available


Love Is a Many Splendored Thing : SSA : Mark Hayes : Sammy Fain : Sheet Music : 00-46444 : 038081528236

Mark Hayes : Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

The Four Aces hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with this ballad from the movie of the same name. Originally an instrumental-only title song, lyrics were added to make it Best Original Song eligible, a category that it won in 1955. Mark Hayes once again gives us an arrangement that is musically satisfying and beautifully expressive.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Sammy Fain | Lyricist: Paul Francis

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.00 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-46444 | Showtrax CD Available

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