Love Is Me, Love Is You

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"Love Is Me, Love Is You"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side I'd Let You Break My Heart All Over Again
Released March 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded May 26, 1965 (A-side)
July 10, 1959 (B-side)
Genre Beat music
Length 2:23 (A-side)
2:30 (B-side)
Label MGM Records K 13470
Writer(s) Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent
Producer(s) Pete Spargo, Tony Hatch
Connie Francis
US singles chronology
""Jealous Heart" /
"Can I Rely on You"
"
(1965)
Love Is Me, Love Is You/
I'd Let You Break My Heart All Over Again

(1966)
"It's A Different World"/
"Empty Chapel"
(1966)
"Love Is Me, Love Is You"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side Roundabout
Released November 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded May 26, 1965
Genre Beat music
Length 2:21 (A-side)
2:50 (B-side)
Label MGM Records 45-MGM-1282
Writer(s) Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent
Producer(s) Pete Spargo, Tony Hatch
Connie Francis
UK singles chronology
"My Child" /
"No One Ever Sends Me Roses"
(1965)
Love Is Me, Love Is You/
Roundabout

(1965)
"Jealous Heart"/
"Can I Rely On You"
(1966)
"Love is Me, Love Is You"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side I'd Let You Break My Heart All Over Again
Released March 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded May 26, 1965 (A-side)
July 10, 1959 (B-side)
Genre Beat music
Length 2:23 (A-side)
2:30 (B-side)
Label MGM Records 45-MGM-1305
Writer(s) Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent
Producer(s) Pete Spargo, Tony Hatch
Connie Francis
UK singles chronology
"The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine)" /
"Bossa Nova Hand Dance (Deixa isso prà là)"
(1966)
Love Is Me, Love Is You/
I'd Let You Break My Heart All Over Again

(1966)
"Somewhere, My Love"/
"Letter from a Soldier (Dear Mama)"
(1966)
"Love is Me, Love Is You"
Single by Jackie Trent
B-side This Time
Released March 18, 1966
Format 7" single
Genre Beat music
Label Pye Records 7N 17082
Writer(s) Tony Hatch, Jackie Trent
Jackie Trent singles chronology
"You, Baby" /
"Send Her Away"
(1966)
Love Is Me, Love Is You/
This Time

(1966)
"If You Ever Leave Me"/
"There Goes My Love, There Goes My Life"
(1966)

Love Is Me, Love Is You is a song written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent and first recorded by Connie Francis.

After Petula Clark had made her sensational # 1 US singles debut in early 1965 with "Downtown" and scored a # 2 follow-up with "I Know a Place", Connie Francis was eager to work with Clark's main composer and producer Tony Hatch. They met on May 26, 1965 at Philips Studios Stanhope Place in London for a three song session which produced a cover version of Connie Smith's 1964 smash "Once a Day", the song "Roundabout" (previously recorded by Petula Clark but unreleased at the time) and "Love Is Me, Love Is You".

The session notes list two versions of the song, referred to as "US version" and "UK version". Both versions share a very similar orchestral arrangement with only slight differences, but make decidedly different use of the background choir. On the US version, the choir doo-wops during the chorus while on the UK version the choir sings the lyrics along with Connie Francis.

"Love Is Me, Love Is You" was originally relegated to B-side status of "Roundabout" on a single issued in the summer of 1965, with "Love Is Me, Love Is You" having an A-side single release in February 1966 to rise to a Billboard Hot 100 peak of #66. The "Love Is Me, Love Is You"/ "Roundabout" single had been issued in the UK in November 1965 as the follow-up single to Francis' UK hit "My Child": upon its US A-side release Francis' "Love Is Me, Love Is You" was afforded a re-release in the UK where it faced competition from rival versions by its co-writer Jackie Trent - produced by Tony Hatch - and Truly Smith with none of the three versions reaching the UK Top 50. In Australia "Love is Me, Love is You" afforded Connie Francis her last major hit in that territory charting with a #31 peak.

In March 1966 Francis recorded a number of non-English renderings of "Love Is Me, Love Is You":

  • German as "Er ist mein" (unreleased until 1988)
  • Italian as "Cosa c'è che non va" (B-Side of her Italian # 1 smash "Dove non so")
  • Japanese as "恋はみんなのもの (Koi Wa Minna No Mono)"
  • Spanish as "Amor soy yo, amor eres tú", a. k. a. "El sabor del amor".

Despite being largely overlooked in its original English-language version, "Love Is Me, Love Is You" was recorded in non-English renderings by a number of vocalists:

  • Chinese (Mandarin) by Rita Chao ("Love Is Me, Love Is You")
  • Dutch as "Liefde smeult, liefde groeit, liefde bloeit, liefde stoeit" by Milly Scott
  • Finnish as "Kenen syy, kenen syy" by Kristina Hautala
  • French (Québécois) as "L'amour vient, l'amour va" by Chantal Pary
  • French (Québécois) as "Moi, je t'aime – toi, tu m'aimes" by Fernande Dauth
  • German as "Ein mal eins (1 x 1)" by Wenche Myhre on Polydor and by Gaby Vesper on Deutsche Vogue
  • Swedish as "Rött är rött, svart på vitt" by Lill-Babs.

References[edit]

  • Feddersen, Jan: Connie Francis, companion book to 5 CD retrospective "Lass mir die bunten Träume", Bear Family Records BCD 15 786 EI, Hambergen 1994
  • Francis, Connie and others: Souvenirs, companion book to 4 CD retrospective "Souvenirs", Polydor (New York) 1995, Kat.-Nr. 314 533 382-2
  • Roberts, Ron: Connie Francis Discography 1955 – 1975, revised editions 1979 und 1983
  • Weize, Richard: Connie Francis, companion book to 8 LP retrospective "Connie Francis in Deutschland", Bear Family Records BFX 15 305, Hambergen/Vollersode 1988
  • Connie Francis discography (Fan Project)