My Prayer

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"My Prayer"
Single by The Platters
from the album The Platters (Mercury Records)
B-side "Heaven on Earth"
Released July 1956
Genre Pop
Length 2:48
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Georges Boulanger, Jimmy Kennedy
Producer(s) Buck Ram
The Platters singles chronology
"(You've Got) The Magic Touch"
"My Prayer"
"Heaven on Earth"
"(You've Got) The Magic Touch"
"My Prayer"
"Heaven on Earth"

"My Prayer" is a 1939 popular song with music by salon violinist Georges Boulanger and lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy. It was originally written by Boulanger with the title "Avant de Mourir" in 1926. The lyrics for this version were added by Kennedy in 1939.

Glenn Miller recorded the song that year for a number two hit and The Ink Spots' version featuring Bill Kenny reached number three, as well, that year.[1]

It has been recorded many times since, but the biggest hit version was a revival in 1956 by The Platters.[2] This version reached number one on the charts and was featured in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as the 1985 film Mischief, the 1999 film October Sky, and an episode of Twin Peaks. Billboard ranked this version as the number-four song for 1956.[3]

The Ink Spots' version of the song was featured in the 1992 movie, Malcolm X.

Vera Lynn sang the song in the British film One Exciting Night in 1944.[4]

The song also became a tango in the Italian version by Norma Bruni and Cinico Angelini's orchestra (1940), "Sì, voglio vivere ancor!".[5]


Preceded by
"I Almost Lost My Mind" by Pat Boone
Billboard Top 100 number-one single
(The Platters version)

August 18, 1956 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley


  1. ^ Notes on the song by its publisher
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 5 - Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll: The rock revolution gets underway. [Part 1]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. 
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1956
  4. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ First italian version of "My prayer", titled "Sì, voglio vivere ancor!" by Norma Bruni on YouTube
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  7. ^ "Denny Dennis Discography". Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
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  13. ^ Rosita Serrano "Avant de mourir" on YouTube
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