Almost Like Being in Love

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"Almost Like Being in Love"
Composer(s)Frederick Loewe
Lyricist(s)Alan Jay Lerner

"Almost Like Being in Love" is a popular song published and first performed in 1947. The music was written by Frederick Loewe, and the lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner as part of the score for the musical Brigadoon.[1] The song was sung by David Brooks in the 1947 Broadway production. It was later performed in the 1954 film version by Gene Kelly.[2]

There were three hit versions of the song in the United States in 1947. Frank Sinatra's version was the highest charting at no. 20. Mildred Bailey and Mary Martin both charted with the song at no. 21 that year.[3]

Nat King Cole recorded more than one version of the song, including a later version that was used as the closing song in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day which starred Bill Murray. Cole's version, in the key of G major like the original, features a ii–V–I turnaround (2-5-1) in G, a pair of similar 2-5-1 sequences in E major and D major for the bridge, after which it raises the refrain a half-step with a 2-5-1 in A flat major.

Frank Sinatra rerecorded the song for his 1961 album Come Swing with Me!; this is the version generally heard today. The song was also made popular by Shirley Bassey. Like Judy Garland, Bassey performed this song as a medley with the song, "This Can't Be Love".

Michael Johnson version[edit]

"Almost Like Being in Love"
Almost Like Being in Love - Michael Johnson.jpg
Single by Michael Johnson
from the album The Michael Johnson album
B-side"Ridin' in the Sky"
ReleasedAugust 1978
Format7" single
Michael Johnson singles chronology
"Bluer Than Blue"
"Almost Like Being in Love"
"This Night Won't Last Forever"

"Almost Like Being in Love" was revived in a downbeat ballad version by singer Michael Johnson (U.S. no. 32, 1978).[4] His rendition became a Top 10 Adult Contemporary hit in both the U.S. (no. 4) and Canada (no. 10).

Chart (1978) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 40
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 10
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 32
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4
US Billboard R&B 91
US Cash Box Top 100 37


  1. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2008). The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television. Oxford University Press. p. 93. ISBN 0195335333.
  2. ^ "Jazz Standards: Almost Like Being in Love". Jazz Standards.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn (1986). Pop Memories 1890–1954. Record Research Inc. p. 470. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  4. ^ Jasen, David A. (2013). A Century of American Popular Music. Taylor & Francis. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-135-35271-4.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X