Be My Love

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"Be My Love"
Single by Mario Lanza
Published1950
Recorded1950
LabelRCA
Composer(s)Nicholas Brodszky
Lyricist(s)Sammy Cahn

"Be My Love" is a popular song with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Nicholas Brodzsky. Published in 1950, it was written for Mario Lanza[1] who sang it with Kathryn Grayson in the 1950 movie The Toast of New Orleans. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1950 but lost out to “Mona Lisa”.

Lanza's 1950 recording of the song (released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 10-1561) was his first million-seller,[1] eventually selling over two million copies.[2] It was on the Billboard charts for 34 weeks, going all the way to number one.[3] It was the theme song for Lanza's radio program, The Mario Lanza Show (1951–52). It eventually became so firmly linked to him that he wearied of it and resorted to spoofing it in private.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mannering, Derek (2005). Mario Lanza: Singing to the Gods. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 69, 74. ISBN 978-1-61703-425-1.
  2. ^ Parish, James R.; Pitts, Michael R. (2003). Hollywood Songsters: Garland to O'Connor. Taylor & Francis. p. 494. ISBN 978-0-415-94333-8.
  3. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock and Roll. Algora Publishing. p. 416. ISBN 978-0-87586-207-1.
  4. ^ Bessette, Roland L. (1999). Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile. Amadeus Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-57467-044-8.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1994). Joel Whitburn's Pop Hits, 1940–1954. Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-106-2.
  6. ^ Ed Townsend, "Be My Love" single release Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts: The 1960s. Record Research. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-89820-175-8.
  8. ^ "Victor Has Bouillabaisse For Internation'l Market". Billboard. October 3, 1953. p. 40. ISSN 0006-2510.