When I Fall in Love

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"When I Fall in Love"
Jeri Southern - When I Fall in Love.jpg
Single by Jeri Southern with Victor Young and His Orchestra
ReleasedApril 1952
GenreTraditional pop
Length3:07
LabelDecca
Songwriter(s)
"When I Fall in Love"
When I Fall in Love by Doris Day 78 RPM single.jpg
Single by Doris Day
B-side"Take Me In Your Arms"
ReleasedJuly 3, 1952
RecordedJune 5, 1952
StudioColumbia 30th Street Studio, New York City
GenreTraditional pop
Length2:58
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Percy Faith

"When I Fall in Love" is a popular song, written by Victor Young (music) and Edward Heyman (lyrics). It was introduced in the film One Minute to Zero. Jeri Southern sang on the first recording released in April 1952 with the song's composer, Victor Young, handling the arranging and conducting duties. The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it; the first hit version was sung by Doris Day released in July 1952.

Day's recording was made on June 5, 1952. It was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39786 and issued with the flip side "Take Me in Your Arms". The song reached number 20 on the Billboard chart.[1]

A 1996 recording by Natalie Cole, sung as a duet with her father Nat King Cole using vocals from his 1956 version, won 1996 Grammys for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocal(s).

Recordings[edit]

"When I Fall in Love"
Whenifallinlovelettermen.jpg
Single by the Lettermen
from the album A Song for Young Love
B-side"Smile"
ReleasedNovember 5, 1961
Recorded1961
StudioCapitol (Hollywood)
GenreTraditional pop
Length2:25
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Nick Venet
The Lettermen singles chronology
"The Way You Look Tonight"
(1961)
"When I Fall in Love"
(1961)
"Son of Old Rivers"
(1962)
  • A version was recorded by Nat King Cole on December 28, 1956. It was issued by Capitol Records on an LP album titled Love Is the Thing, catalog number SW824. The song was also used in the 1957 film Istanbul. Cole played in the movie and sang the song. The single was released in the UK in 1957, and reached number 2 on the UK singles chart. This recording was re-released in 1987 and reached number 4. Since 2014, Cole's version of the song has featured in adverts for SSE.
  • Natalie Cole recorded two different versions of the song: The first, a contemporary R&B/smooth jazz version for her 1987 album, Everlasting (#14 U.S. AC), then a more traditional version for her 1996 Stardust album, as a virtual duet with her father, Nat King Cole, which included recordings of his vocals from his 1956 version. This version won two awards at the 39th Grammy Awards: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocal(s) for arrangers Alan Broadbent and David Foster.
  • Johnny Mathis recorded it on his 1959 album Open Fire, Two Guitars, which charted in the UK[citation needed] and many other countries.[vague][citation needed]
  • Blues singer Etta Jones released a version on the song in 1960, which spent 8 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 65.[2]
  • A version by The Lettermen was released as a single in 1961 and spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 7,[3] while reaching No. 1 on the Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[4] Veteran drummer Earl Palmer played on this version.[5]
  • Donny Osmond recorded the song in 1973 for his album, A Time for Us. It spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 55,[6] while reaching No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart[7] and number one in France.[8]
  • In 1984, Linda Ronstadt released the song as the lead track on her album Lush Life and as a single. Ronstadt's version reached No. 24 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.[9]

Rick Astley version[edit]

"When I Fall in Love"
Whenfalleninlove.jpg
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Whenever You Need Somebody
A-side"My Arms Keep Missing You"
ReleasedNovember 30, 1987
Recorded1987
GenreTraditional pop
Length3:02
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Rick Astley singles chronology
"Whenever You Need Somebody"
(1987)
"When I Fall in Love"
(1987)
"My Arms Keep Missing You"
(1987)
Music video
"When I Fall in Love" on YouTube

The version by Rick Astley was released on November 30, 1987, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of Nat King Cole's version of the song. This single is mainly remembered for a closely fought contest for UK Christmas number one. Rivals EMI, hoping to see their act, Pet Shop Boys, reach number one with "Always on My Mind", re-released the version by Nat King Cole.[10][11] This led to a slow down of purchases of Astley's version, allowing Pet Shop Boys to reach the coveted top spot. Despite selling over 250,000 copies and gaining a Silver certification from the BPI,[12] it peaked in the UK at number 2 for two weeks. The re-release by Nat King Cole reached number 4. Since the single was released as a double A-side, the other half of the single was "My Arms Keep Missing You", which was successful in its own right in Europe.

In 2019, Astley recorded and released a "Reimagined" version of the song for his album The Best of Me, which features a new piano arrangement.[13]

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "When I Fall In Love" – 3:03
  2. "My Arms Keep Missing You" (The No L Mix) – 6:48
  3. "My Arms Keep Missing You" (Dub) – 4:58
7" single
  1. "My Arms Keep Missing You" ("Where's Harry?" remix) – 3:14
  2. "When I Fall In Love" – 3:03
12" maxi and single
  1. "When I Fall In Love" – 3:00
  2. "My Arms Keep Missing You" (Dub) – 6:04
  3. "My Arms Keep Missing You" (The No L Mix) – 6:43

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987–1988) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[14] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[15] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[16] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 7
Iceland (RÚV)[18] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[20] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[21] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[22] 25
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 14
UK Singles (OCC)[25] 2
West Germany (Official German Charts)[26] 6

Celine Dion and Clive Griffin version[edit]

"When I Fall in Love"
When I Fall in Love (Celine Dion and Clive Griffin version).jpg
Single by Celine Dion and Clive Griffin
from the album Sleepless in Seattle and The Colour of My Love
ReleasedJuly 12, 1993 (1993-07-12)
GenreTraditional pop
Length4:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)David Foster
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Did You Give Enough Love"
(1993)
"When I Fall in Love"
(1993)
"Plus haut que moi"
(1993)
Clive Griffin singles chronology
"I'll Be Waiting"
(1991)
"When I Fall in Love"
(1993)
"We Don't Know How to Say Goodbye"
(1994)
Music video
"When I Fall in Love" on YouTube

The cover version of "When I Fall in Love" by Celine Dion and Clive Griffin was featured in the romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle and released as a single in July 1993. The song was recorded expressly for the soundtrack and was originally intended as a duet between Dion and Stevie Wonder, but according to Dion when she heard the demo performed by Warren Wiebe she preferred that would be her duet with Wiebe. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1994, and won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The award went to David Foster and Jeremy Lubbock. The song appears on both, the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack (number one on the Billboard 200 and 4× Platinum RIAA certification for selling over 4 million copies in the US), and later on Dion's album The Colour of My Love, released in November 1993.[27] The music video was directed by Dominic Orlando in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted that Dion's album, The Colour of My Love, which featured the song, had "careful production, professional songwriting (highlighted by "When I Fall in Love," "The Power of Love," and "Think Twice").[28] The Baltimore Sun wrote that "it's no accident that Celine Dion keeps recording all those movie-theme duets -- she's got the perfect voice for wide-screen romance, all unbridled power and telegraphed emotion." They added that she "sounds great" when working with "tunefully romantic stuff" like "When I Fall In Love"".[29] Billboard wrote that Dion "is at home within an arrangement of delicate rhythms and sweeping orchestration," while also noting that Griffin's voice "is a pure thrill."[30] Christopher Smith from TalkAboutPopMusic said that Dion and Griffin "do credible justice to Nat’s signature tune as she remains in subdued and romantic mood for the entire length" of the song.[31]

Commercial performance[edit]

"When I Fall in Love" reached top forty in several countries, including number 21 in Canada, number 22 in New Zealand, number 23 in the United States, and number 37 in the Netherlands. It was popular on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart and the US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, peaking at numbers two and six, respectively.

Live performances[edit]

Dion performed "When I Fall in Love" during her The Colour of My Love Tour, Falling Into You Around the World Tour and Millenium Concert in Montreal in 1999. In 1998, Anne Murray performed "When I Fall in Love" with Dion live and included it on her DVD called An Intimate Evening with Anne Murray...Live. Later, this version appeared on Murray's 2007 album Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Australian/European CD, Japanese 3", US 7" and cassette single
  1. "When I Fall in Love" (Celine Dion and Clive Griffin) – 4:20
  2. "If I Were You" (Celine Dion) – 5:07
  • European CD maxi-single
  1. "When I Fall in Love" (Celine Dion and Clive Griffin) – 4:20
  2. "If You Asked Me To" (Celine Dion) – 3:55
  3. "An Affair to Remember" (Marc Shaiman) – 2:30

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States[43] July 13, 1993
  • cassette
  • 7"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Scherman, Tony, Backbeat: The Earl Palmer Story, forward by Wynton Marsalis, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., 1999, p. 175
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