Secret Love (Doris Day song)
|Single by Doris Day|
|from the album Calamity Jane|
|Format||7" (45 rpm), 10" (78 rpm)|
|Writer(s)||Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster|
|Single by Freddy Fender|
|from the album Are You Ready for Freddy?|
|Label||ABC-Dot Records 17585|
|Freddy Fender singles chronology|
"Secret Love" is a popular song written in 1953 with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. Its first performance was in the film Calamity Jane by Doris Day. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Doris Day recorded the best-selling record of the song, which reached number 1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in 1954. A popular version by Slim Whitman also made number 2. The record was made on August 5, 1953. The recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40108. The melody is based on the opening theme of Schubert's A-major piano sonata D.664.
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The Moonglows recorded an R&B version for Chance Records in January 1954, released in February 1954.
Connie Francis recorded the song on April 27, 1962 at RCA Italiana Studios in Rome for her album Connie Francis sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits. The original version from April 1962, with an arrangement by Geoff Love, was only available in Australia (MGM Records S027592) and New Zealand (MGM Records MCS 5017). All other world-wide releases of that album included a version with a new orchestration recorded in April 1963, with an arrangement by Don Costa.
In 1963 Kathy Kirby recorded an upbeat version of "Secret Love"; released in October 1963 as a single, the track - with musical direction by Charles Blackwell, Jimmy Page on guitar, and production by Kirby's regular collaborator Peter Sullivan - afforded Kirby her UK career record with a number 4 UK chart peak that December. "Secret Love" was also a hit in Australia reaching number 2.
The Chiffons' version of "Secret Love, recorded for Bright Tunes Productions in 1965, was released in 1969 on B.T. Puppy Records with an international release on various labels in 1970.
Between 1972 and 1974, this song was covered by Singapore-based female singer Ervinna, backing music by the Charlie & His Boys, on her LP album Golden Hits Of 20th Century Vol. 4 with White Cloud Record of Singapore.
Freddy Fender recorded "Secret Love" in his 2002 release La Musica de Baldemar Huerta. His 1975 bi-lingual version was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and a number 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Fender's version was not the first time country audiences had heard the song; Slim Whitman had a major hit of his own in 1954 with the song.
Ashley Alexander recorded an arrangement of this in 1981, arranged by Frank Mantooth, featuring Alexander on the double trombone.
Engelbert Humperdinck made a cover of the song in 1995 (Engelbert Live, DVD 2003).
k.d. lang made a cover of the song, to be played during the closing credits of the documentary The Celluloid Closet (1995). The song is also shown in a clip from the original Calamity Jane movie, starring Doris Day.
Soul singer Billy Stewart hit the Billboard Top 30 in 1966 with his wild remake.
R&B/jazz singer Miki Howard made a cover version for her 2008 album Private Collection.
In 2010, Australian singer Melinda Schneider recorded the song for her Doris Day tribute album Melinda Does Doris.
Connie Fisher's February 2009 album release was entitled Secret Love, the title cut being Fisher's rendition of the Fain/Webster song.
Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán included an instrumental version on their 2003 Mambo Sinuendo album.
Maria Morlino covered the song on her 2012 album Secret Love/Amor Secreto.
Charts (Kathy Kirby version)
|UK Singles Chart||3|
|Danish Singles Chart||4|
|Hong Kong Singles Chart||8|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||4|
|Australian Singles Chart||3|
|Irish Singles Chart||6|
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Stranger in Paradise
|Cash Box magazine best selling record chart number-one record
March 6, 1954 – April 3, 1954
"I See the Moon" by The Stargazers "Such a Night" by Johnnie Ray
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
(Doris Day version)
April 16, 1954 (1 week)
May 7, 1954 (9 weeks)
"I See the Moon" by The Stargazers "Cara Mia" by David Whitfield
"It's All in the Movies" by Merle Haggard
|Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Freddy Fender version)
December 6, 1975
"Love Put a Song in My Heart" by Johnny Rodriguez
"Third Rate Romance" by Amazing Rhythm Aces
|RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Freddy Fender version)
December 20 – 27, 1975
"Easy as Pie" by Billy "Crash" Craddock