Perhaps Love (album)

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Perhaps Love
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Studio album by Plácido Domingo
Released 1981
Genre Pop, opera crossover
Length 32:28
Label CBS Records
Producer Milton Okun
Plácido Domingo chronology
Plácido Domingo Sings Tangos
(1981)
Perhaps Love
(1981)
Gala Opera Concert
(1981)
Singles from Perhaps Love
  1. "Perhaps Love"
    Released: 1981
  2. "An American Hymn"
    Released: 1986

Perhaps Love is a 1981 crossover album by operatic tenor Plácido Domingo. First released in the United States in September 1981, within half a year it had achieved gold record status. It was certified as platinum by the end of the decade. The title song is a vocal duet between Domingo and its composer John Denver. It was released as a single, peaking at #22 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and #59 on the Hot 100 chart. Never going out of print, the song sold almost four million copies by 2008.[1] The album was released on CD in 1990 and again in 2008.

Background and impact[edit]

The album's producer, Milton Okun, encouraged Domingo, a famous Spanish opera singer, to try his hand at recording popular English-language songs. Domingo later recalled, "Milton is the first person who believed I could do that kind of music."[1] The producer also suggested the idea that the tenor collaborate with folksinger John Denver on the album's most successful number, "Perhaps Love."[1] Domingo and Okun went on to make several more recordings together, but Perhaps Love remained the tenor's best-selling album of pop music.

Domingo credited the success of the album with increasing his fanbase, including drawing more new people to his opera performances. He said in 2008: "As an opera singer, you never think of the Billboard list. Without any doubt, it really helped my following records." The album's conductor, Lee Holdridge, considered Domingo and Denver's collaboration on "Perhaps Love" to be the start of the modern operatic pop phenomenon.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "He Couldn't Love You More"
  2. "Sometimes a Day Goes By" (from Woman of the Year)
  3. "Annie's Song"
  4. "Time After Time"
  5. "To Love"
  6. "Perhaps Love"
  7. "Now While I Still Remember How"
  8. "Yesterday"
  9. "My Treasure"
  10. "An American Hymn" (from East of Eden)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Weeks
on chart
Netherlands[2] 20 11
New Zealand[2] 24 6
UK[3] 17 21
US[4] 18

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[5] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[6] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Butler, Susan (21 June 2008). "Milt Okun: Music Legend Milt Okun Honored for a Lifetime of Vision". Billboard: 31–34. 
  2. ^ a b "PLACIDO DOMINGO - PERHAPS LOVE (ALBUM)". charts.org.nz (with additional chart information for the Netherlands). 
  3. ^ "Placido Domingo (click on "albums" tab)". Official Charts (UK). 
  4. ^ "Plácido Domingo: Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Domingo – Perhaps Love" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Placido Domingo – Perhaps Love". Music Canada. 
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Placido Domingo – Perhaps Love". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Perhaps Love in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Placido Domingo – Perhaps Love". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH