Secret Love (Doris Day song)

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"Secret Love"
Single by Doris Day
from the album Calamity Jane
Released 1953-10-09[1]
Format 7" (45 rpm), 10" (78 rpm)
Recorded 1953-08-05
Genre Traditional pop
Length 3:41
Label Columbia 40108
Writer(s) Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
"Secret Love"
Single by Freddy Fender
from the album Are You Ready for Freddy?
Released September 1975
Format 7"
Recorded 1975
Genre country
Length 3:38
Label ABC-Dot Records 17585
Producer(s) Huey Meaux
Freddy Fender singles chronology
"Wasted Days and Wasted Nights"
"Secret Love"
"You'll Lose a Good Thing"

"Secret Love" is a popular song written in 1953 with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.[2] Its first performance was in the film Calamity Jane by Doris Day.[2] It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song.[2] Doris Day recorded the best-selling record of the song, which reached number 1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in 1954. A popular version by Slim Whitman also made number 2. The record was made on August 5, 1953.[1] The recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40108.[3] The melody is based on the opening theme of Schubert's A-major piano sonata D.664.

Cover versions[edit]

The Moonglows recorded an R&B version for Chance Records in January 1954, released in February 1954.[4]

Billy Eckstine recorded a version for his 1960 album Once More with Feeling.

Andy Williams released a version on his 1962 album, Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing.

Connie Francis recorded the song on April 27, 1962 at RCA Italiana Studios in Rome for her album Connie Francis sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits. The original version from April 1962, with an arrangement by Geoff Love, was only available in Australia (MGM Records S027592) and New Zealand (MGM Records MCS 5017). All other world-wide releases of that album included a version with a new orchestration recorded in April 1963, with an arrangement by Don Costa.

In 1963 Kathy Kirby recorded an upbeat version of "Secret Love"; released in October 1963 as a single, the track - with musical direction by Charles Blackwell, Jimmy Page on guitar, and production by Kirby's regular collaborator Peter Sullivan - afforded Kirby her UK career record with a number 3 UK chart peak that December. "Secret Love" was also a hit in Australia reaching number 2.[2]

The Chiffons' version of "Secret Love, recorded for Bright Tunes Productions in 1965, was released in 1969 on B.T. Puppy Records with an international release on various labels in 1970.

Kim Weston and Marvin Gaye recorded "Secret Love" for their 1966 Take Two album release.

Between 1972 and 1974, this song was covered by Singapore-based female singer Ervinna, backing music by the Charlie & His Boys, on her LP album Golden Hits Of 20th Century Vol. 4 with White Cloud Record of Singapore.

Freddy Fender recorded "Secret Love" in his 2002 release La Musica de Baldemar Huerta. His 1975 bi-lingual version was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and a number 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Fender's version was not the first time country audiences had heard the song; Slim Whitman had a major hit of his own in 1954 with the song.

Mandy Moore covered the song on the Mona Lisa Smile soundtrack. Doris Day's version was used in the actual movie.

Spike Jones did a version of the song in the style of a Cuban mambo band of the 1950s.

It has also been covered by José Hoebee, a Dutch pop singer (member of the girl group Luv'), who reached number 11 on the Dutch Top 40 with her version in the autumn of 1982.

Liquid Gold included a disco remake of "Secret Love" on their 1979 eponymous album; Viola Wills also recorded a disco version of "Secret Love" released in 1980.

Ashley Alexander recorded an arrangement of this in 1981, arranged by Frank Mantooth, featuring Alexander on the double trombone.

Anne Murray recorded a cover of the song for her album Croonin' (1993).

Hannah Waddingham performed a version in the 2011 remake of Agatha Christie's Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side on Britain's ITV1

John Serry, Sr. arranged and recorded this composition with his ensemble on Dot Records (DLP-3024) for his album Squeeze Play in 1956.

Cerys Matthews recorded a cover version for the Children's Hospice charity album, Over the Rainbow.

Allan Sherman has a light-hearted parody called "Secret Code" on his 1965 LP My Name is Allan.

Engelbert Humperdinck made a cover of the song in 1995 (Engelbert Live, DVD 2003).

k.d. lang made a cover of the song, to be played during the closing credits of the documentary The Celluloid Closet (1995). The song is also shown in a clip from the original Calamity Jane movie, starring Doris Day.

Lord Tanamo did a live version of "Secret Love" until it was recorded with Tommy McCook in 1997. Since then The Allstonians have been covering the song and plan on recording it in the near future.

Soul singer Billy Stewart hit the Billboard Top 30 in 1966 with his wild remake.

Sinéad O'Connor made a cover version for her 1992 album Am I Not Your Girl?.

George Michael made a cover version for his 1999 album Songs from the Last Century.

Classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins recorded a version for her 2007 Rejoice album.

R&B/jazz singer Miki Howard made a cover version for her 2008 album Private Collection.

In 2010, Australian singer Melinda Schneider recorded the song for her Doris Day tribute album Melinda Does Doris.

Connie Fisher's February 2009 album release was entitled Secret Love, the title cut being Fisher's rendition of the Fain/Webster song.

Cybill Shepherd covered the song in 1999 on the album Songs from the Cybill Show, which accompanied her sitcom Cybill.[5]

Anacani recorded a live version of the song for the Lawrence Welk show in the 1970s. The Bar G Wranglers recorded live in Bryce Canyon 2011 featured on LIVE In Bryce Canyon City The Selecter recorded a ska version of "Secret Love" on its 2013 album String Theory.

Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán included an instrumental version on their 2003 Mambo Sinuendo album.

Maria Morlino covered the song on her 2012 album Secret Love/Amor Secreto.[6]

Brad Mehldau plays a gorgeous cover on his 2011 solo live cd Live in Marciac

Charts (Kathy Kirby version)[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
UK Singles Chart[7] 3
Danish Singles Chart[8] 4
Hong Kong Singles Chart[8] 8
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 4
Australian Singles Chart[10] 3
Irish Singles Chart[11] 6


  1. ^ a b Liner notes, Golden Girl: The Columbia Recordings 1944-66 compilation
  2. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 135. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  5. ^ Cybill: Songs from the Cybill Show. "Cybill: Songs from the Cybill Show: Cybill Shepherd: Music". Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Doris Day, Secret Love played/arranged by Ricardo Scales - Artist - Maria Morlino", YouTube.
  7. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (December 28, 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 16. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (March 14, 1964). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 31. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (March 21, 1964). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 32. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (January 11, 1964). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 30. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (December 21, 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 20. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Stranger in Paradise
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart number-one record
March 6, 1954 – April 3, 1954
Succeeded by
Preceded by
"I See the Moon" by The Stargazers "Such a Night" by Johnnie Ray
UK Singles Chart number-one single
(Doris Day version)

April 16, 1954 (1 week)
May 7, 1954 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I See the Moon" by The Stargazers "Cara Mia" by David Whitfield
Preceded by
"It's All in the Movies" by Merle Haggard
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Freddy Fender version)

December 6, 1975
Succeeded by
"Love Put a Song in My Heart" by Johnny Rodriguez
Preceded by
"Third Rate Romance" by Amazing Rhythm Aces
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Freddy Fender version)

December 20 – 27, 1975
Succeeded by
"Easy as Pie" by Billy "Crash" Craddock