Love Letters in the Sand
|"Love Letters in the Sand"|
|Composer(s)||J. Fred Coots|
|Lyricist(s)||Nick Kenny, Charles Kenny|
"Love Letters in the Sand" is a popular song first published in 1931. The music was written by J. Fred Coots and the lyrics by Nick Kenny and Charles Kenny. The song was "inspired" by an 1881 composition, "The Spanish Cavalier" by William D. Hendrickson. Ted Black's orchestra had the first major hit.
- In 1931, the song was recorded separately by Gene Austin, Lee Morse, and Ted Black and His Orchestra.
- Pat Boone's version became a major hit in June and July 1957, spending 5 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 100, with 34 weeks in total on the chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1957. The song was used in Boone's film Bernardine. Boone did the whistling in the instrumental portion of the song as well. The song originally had a short instrumental introduction, but most versions begin with Boone's voice.
- Kenneth W. Griffin also released an organ discography in 1957, featuring the song, in his album, "Love Letters in the Sand".
- Bob Eberly released a version on his Spanish-oriented album Bob Eberly Con Enoch Light Y Su Orquesta in 1957, sung in English but subtitled Cartas De Amor En La Arena.
- Andy Williams released a version on his 1959 album, Two Time Winners.
- Bill Haley and His Comets recorded a version on the 1960 covers album Bill Haley and His Comets.
- Leroy Van Dyke released a version on his 1961 album, Movin' Van Dyke.
- The English singer, Vince Hill, reached #23 in the UK Singles Chart in 1967, with his cover version of the track.
- Little Willie Littlefield recorded a version for his 1990 album Singalong with Little Willie Littlefield.
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