The Look of Love (1967 song)

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"The Look of Love"
Look of Love.JPG
Song by Dusty Springfield
from the album Casino Royale Soundtrack
Released January 29, 1967
Studio Philips Studios, London
Genre Pop, jazz
Length 4:11
Label Colgems
Composer(s) Burt Bacharach
Lyricist(s) Hal David
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Audio sample

"The Look of Love" is a popular song composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and sung by English pop singer Dusty Springfield, which appeared in the 1967 spoof James Bond film Casino Royale. In 2008, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[1] It also received a Best Song nomination in the 1968 Academy Awards.

Songwriters[edit]

The music was written by Burt Bacharach, and was originally intended to be an instrumental. But later Hal David added the lyrics, and the song was published in 1967. According to Bacharach, the melody was inspired by watching Ursula Andress in an early cut of the film.[2]

Recordings[edit]

Early recordings[edit]

The first recording is by Stan Getz as an instrumental in December 1966.[3] The song with lyrics was originally recorded by Dusty Springfield for the Casino Royale soundtrack, receiving an Oscar nomination and reaching the US Top 40. Phil Ramone, the soundtrack's engineer, recorded the song separately from the rest of the film tracks. Springfield re-recorded the song the same year in London, featuring a throaty saxophone solo, and released it as the B-side of "Give Me Time". Claudine Longet recorded the song on her 1967 album of the same title. Lainie Kazan also recorded "The Look of Love" (arranged by Pat Williams) on her 1967 album Love is Lainie. Nina Simone also recorded "The Look of Love" in 1967 on her album Silk & Soul. Morgana King recorded "The Look of Love" on her 1967 album Gemini Rising.

"The Look of Love"
Single by Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66
from the album Look Around
B-side "Like a Lover"
Released 1968 (1968)
Format 7-inch single
Genre Bossa nova
Length 3:03
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Sérgio Mendes' hit rendition on the Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 album Look Around reached #4 on the pop charts after their performance in the Academy Awards telecast in April 1968. The lead vocal on this single was handled by Janis Hansen, not Lani Hall, a rarity in the early Brasil '66 canon. Andy Williams released a version in 1967 on his album, Love, Andy. Soul group The Delfonics also covered the song in 1968 on their album La La Means I Love You, while the legendary Motown quartet Four Tops gave the song a sweeping Broadway-like treatment on their 1969 album Soul Spin. Brazilian threesome Som Três recorded an early instrumental version on their album Show (Odeon, 1968). Dorothy Ashby included the song in her 1968 album Afro-Harping. An instrumental version of the song was included on the 1967 Burt Bacharach album Reach Out,[4] which was also featured on the soundtrack for the film The Boys in the Band.[5]

Notable cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Grammy.org. Retrieved 21 December 2012
  2. ^ Dominic, Serene (2003). Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, Serious Record Collectors, and Music Critics. Music Sales Group. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-8256-7280-4. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Churchill, Nicholas (15 December 2004). Stan Getz: An Annotated Bibliography and Filmography, with Song and Session Information for Albums. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-7864-1949-4. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  4. ^ AllMusic
  5. ^ AllMusic

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