The Glory of Love (song)

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For the song by Peter Cetera, see Glory of Love.

"The Glory Of Love" is a song written by Billy Hill, recorded by Benny Goodman in 1936, whose version was a number one pop hit. In 1951, R&B vocal group, The Five Keys, had their biggest R&B hit with their version of the song, hitting number one on the R&B chart for four non-consecutive weeks.[1] Although The Five keys recording sold a reported million copies pressed recordings are very rare.[2]

Notable cover versions[edit]

The song is also used as a theme song for the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and as the basis for a musical number in the 1981 film Pennies from Heaven.

The song was also referenced in the film Orphan, sung by Isabelle Fuhrman (who played the main role of Esther/Leena Klammer) a few times during the film. Bette Midler sang it as the final song in her movie "Beaches," in 1989.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 205. 
  2. ^ Propes, Steve (1973). Those Oldies But Goodies: A Guide to 50's Record Collecting. The Macmillan Company, New York. p. 42. 
  3. ^ You Tube of this recordingVideo on YouTube
  4. ^ You Tube of this recording Video on YouTube
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 486. 
Preceded by
"Sixty Minute Man" by The Dominoes
Billboard Best Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues Records number-one single (The Five Keys version)
September 22, 1951
Succeeded by
"Sixty Minute Man" by The Dominoes