The Glory of Love (song)

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"The Glory of Love"
Single by Benny Goodman
Released1936
Format78 rpm vinyl
Recorded1936
GenrePop
Songwriter(s)Billy Hill
Benny Goodman singles chronology
"The Glory of Love'"
(1936)
The Five Keys singles chronology
"The Glory of Love'"
(1951)
"Yes Sir, That's My Baby"
(1952)

"The Glory of Love" is a song written by Billy Hill, recorded by Benny Goodman in 1936, whose version was a number one pop hit. [1] Subsequently, the song has been recorded by a vast number of artists, ranging from Dean Martin to Jimmy Durante to Paul McCartney.

Bette Midler included the song in her film Beaches (1988) and it appears in the soundtrack recording.

In 1951, R&B vocal group, The Five Keys, had their biggest R&B hit with their version of the song, hitting number one on the R&B chart for four non-consecutive weeks.[2] Although The Five Keys recording sold a reported million copies, pressed recordings are very rare.[3]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1951) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Songs 1

Otis Redding version[edit]

"The Glory of Love"
Single by Otis Redding
from the album The Dock of the Bay
B-side"I'm Coming Home"
Released1967
Format7" vinyl
RecordedDecember, 1967
GenreSoul, Pop
Length2:38
LabelVolt
S419
Songwriter(s)Billy Hill
Producer(s)Steve Cropper
Otis Redding singles chronology
"Shake"
(1967)
"The Glory of Love"
(1967)
"Tramp"
(1967)

In 1967, Otis Redding recorded a cover version for his 1968 album, The Dock of the Bay. Redding's cover became a top 20 hit and reached number nineteen on the Billboard R&B Songs chart and number sixty on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 60
US Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Songs[6] 19

Selected other cover versions[edit]

Use in film[edit]

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967 film), as the opening and closing song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 178. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 205.
  3. ^ Propes, Steve (1973). Those Oldies But Goodies: A Guide to 50's Record Collecting. The Macmillan Company, New York. p. 42.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 486.
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Otis Redding > Awards )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  6. ^ "Billboard R&B Singles Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  7. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 2, 2018.