True Love (Cole Porter song)

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"True Love" is a popular song written by Cole Porter and was published in 1956. The song was introduced by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the musical film High Society.[1] "True Love" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. The Crosby–Kelly version, accompanied by Johnny Green's MGM studio orchestra using a romantic arrangement by Conrad Salinger, was a hit single, peaking at number 4 in the United States.[2]

Kelly's contribution on the record is relatively minor, duetting with Crosby on only the final chorus. Nonetheless, the single is co-credited to her and became her only gold record. It was Crosby's 21st gold record.

"True Love" is the name of a yacht on which two of the characters honeymoon in the play The Philadelphia Story, on which the musical is based. Bing Crosby later owned a 55-foot Constellation yacht which he named the "True Love".

Other recordings that charted[edit]

"True Love"
Single by Richard Chamberlain
from the album Richard Chamberlain Sings
B-side "I Will Love You"
Released 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded 1963
Genre Soul
Length 2:17
Label MGM
Writer(s) Cole Porter
Richard Chamberlain singles chronology
"All I Have to Do Is Dream/Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo"
(1963)
"I Will Love You/True Love"
(1963)
"Blue Guitar"
(1963)
"True Love"
Single by George Harrison
from the album Thirty Three & 1/3
B-side "Pure Smokey"
Released 18 February 1977
Format 7" single
Length 2:45
Label Dark Horse
George Harrison singles chronology
"Crackerbox Palace"
(1977)
"True Love"
(1977)
"It's What You Value"
(1977)
Thirty Three & 1/3 track listing

A version of the song by Jane Powell out at the same time as the Crosby–Kelly version was also popular.

Richard Chamberlain released a cover of the song as a single in 1963; it peaked at number 30.[3]

A version by Nancy Sinatra was released as a single in 1965.

A version by George Harrison done in a blues rock style, from his 1976 album Thirty Three & 1/3,[4] was released as the album's third single in 1977.[5]

A version by Shakin' Stevens, from his 1988 album A Whole Lotta Shaky, reached #23 in the UK.

In 1993, Elton John and Kiki Dee recorded the song as an adult contemporary duet for John's album Duets; the single reached #2 in the UK.

Other recordings[edit]

Elvis Presley cut a version of "True Love" that was featured on his successful album Loving You from 1957.[6] Ricky Nelson included a version of the song on his 1957 debut album Ricky.[7] Shelley Fabares cut a version of the song on her album Shelley! released in 1962.[8] Al Hirt released a version on his 1962 album, Trumpet and Strings.[9] The Everly Brothers recorded a version for their 1962 album Instant Party without any commercial success though.[10] In 1961, Patsy Cline covered the song on her second studio album, Patsy Cline Showcase.[11] Other versions to achieve success include Jack Jones, 1965, as the closing tune for There's Love and There's Love and There's Love, an album of romance classics arranged by Nelson Riddle;[12] The song has also featured on a number of albums cut by Connie Francis.

The short-lived 1980s band Oasis recorded a version on their one album, Oasis, in 1984.[13] Anne Murray recorded a cover of the song for her album Croonin' (1993).[14] Neil Diamond covered the song for his 1998 album The Movie Album: As Time Goes By.[15] Deana Martin recorded “True Love” on her 2013 album Destination Moon as a duet with her father, Dean Martin, who originally recorded the song for his 1960 album This Time I'm Swingin'!.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ High Society (1956) - Soundtracks from the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "BING CROSBY | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 99. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Thirty Three & 1/3 - George Harrison : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Calkin, Graham. "George Harrison - True Love". Jpgr.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Loving You - Elvis Presley : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Ricky - Rick Nelson : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Adams, Greg. "Shelley!/The Things We Did Last Summer - Shelley Fabares : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Al Hirt, Trumpet and Strings Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Liner notes for The Everly Brothers "Instant Party"
  11. ^ Patsy Cline's Recording Sessions - The Decca Years
  12. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "She Loves Me/There's Love & There's Love & There's Love - Jack Jones : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Oasis - Oasis : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Cooper, Dan. "Croonin' - Anne Murray : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "The Movie Album: As Time Goes By - Neil Diamond : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Deana Martin -- Internationally-acclaimed entertainer will bring tour to St. Charles, at the Edwardsville Intelligencer; published February 20, 2014; retrieved May 18, 2014