Beautiful Love (1931 song)

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"Beautiful Love"
Released1931 (1931)
GenrePopular music
Songwriter(s)Composer: Wayne King, Victor Young, Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyricist: Haven Gillespie

"Beautiful Love" is a popular song composed by Wayne King, Victor Young and Egbert Van Alstyne with lyrics by Haven Gillespie. It was introduced by the Wayne King Orchestra in 1931. The song has been called the "second favourite number" of King, after the Orchestra's theme song "The Waltz You Saved for Me".[1]

As a popular jazz standard, the song is included in the first volume of the Real Book as well as the New Real Book.[2][3]

It appears as a love theme both in the 1932 film The Mummy (when it is played during the ball sequence where Helen is telepathically called to the museum), and in the film Hotel Continental, also 1932. The song is included in the film Sing a Jingle (1944)[4] and it was also included in the 1989 film Crimes and Misdemeanors by Woody Allen.[5]

Joe Pass performed the song at the Brecon Jazz Festival in 1991 and stated in good jest that he couldn't remember if it was by Victor Herbert, Victor Young or Victor Mature.

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  1. ^ William Emmett Studwell and Mark Baldin: The Big Band Reader: Songs Favored by Swing Era Orchestras and Other Popular Ensembles. Haworth Press, 2000. ISBN 0-7890-0914-5. p. 211
  2. ^ The Real Book, Volume I, sixth edition. Hal Leonard. ISBN 0-634-06038-4
  3. ^ The New Real Book, Volume I. Sher Music Co. ISBN 0-9614701-4-3
  4. ^ "Internet Movie Database". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Adam Harvey and Dick Hyman: The Soundtracks of Woody Allen. McFarland, 2007. ISBN 0-7864-2968-2. p. 45
  6. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Rivadavia, Ed. "Betty". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 July 2012.

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