When I Fall in Love

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"When I Fall in Love"
Single by Jeri Southern with Victor Young and His Orchestra
ReleasedApril 1952
GenreTraditional pop
Length3:07
LabelDecca
Songwriter(s)
"When I Fall in Love"
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 Howard Hughes' last film One Minute to Zero as the instrumental titled "Theme from One Minute to Zero". Jeri Southern sang on the first vocal 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).

Notable recordings[edit]

"When I Fall in Love"
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)

Rick Astley version[edit]

"When I Fall in Love"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Whenever You Need Somebody
A-side"My Arms Keep Missing You"
ReleasedNovember 30, 1987 (1987-11-30)
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" / "My Arms Keep Missing You"
(1987)
"Together Forever"
(1988)
Music video
"When I Fall in Love" on YouTube

The version of "When I Fall in Love" by English singer-songwriter 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.[11][12] 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,[13] 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.[14] On November 24, 2022, the original music video was remastered to 1080p HD for a limited edition 12" double A-side red vinyl issue of the "Love This Christmas" single.[15][16]

Critical reception[edit]

A review in Pan-European magazine Music & Media considered that Astley's cover version as "surprisingly matching the original" and added: "With the romantic string arrangements and Astley's mature vocals, the perfect seasonal single, bound for a no. 1 in the UK".[17] When reviewing the parent album, British magazine Music Week underlined the track, adding that Astley "stretches his vocal chords on a credible and reverent recreation" of Cole's song.[18] In the same magazine, Jerry Smith deemed it a potential hit in spite of "the cloying strings arrangement", and added that this cover was "not a patch" on Cole's original version.[19] Chris Heath of Smash Hits praised the song as "brilliantly effective" with a "plinkety-plonkety orchestration and Rick crooning away, sounding uncannily like a 50 year old Frank Sinatra type".[20] In another issue of the same magazine, Lola Borg considered it as "truly splendid" and added that Astley "ably croons a slushy lump of woefulness" and that this version is similar to the original since "the sweeping strings are exactly the same, note for note".[21]

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]

Weekly charts[edit]

Weekly chart performance for "When I Fall in Love"
Chart (1987–1988) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24] 1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[25] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[26] 7
Iceland (RÚV)[27] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[29] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[30] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[31] 25
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 14
UK Singles (OCC)[34] 2
West Germany (Official German Charts)[35] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

1988 year-end chart performance for "When I Fall in Love"
Chart (1988) Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[36] 31

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for "When I Fall in Love"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 250,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Celine Dion and Clive Griffin version[edit]

"When I Fall in Love"
Single by Celine Dion and Clive Griffin
from the album Sleepless in Seattle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 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
"Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"
(1993)
"When I Fall in Love"
(1993)
"The Power of Love"
(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 Canadian singer Celine Dion and British singer Clive Griffin was featured in the 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, and released as a single in July same year. 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.[38] The accompanying music video was directed by Dominic Orlando in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine remarked 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").[39] J.D. Considine from 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." He added that "she sounds great, demonstrating the kind of vocal confidence that originally made Whitney Houston a star."[40] Larry Flick from Billboard felt 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."[41] Christopher Smith of Talk About Pop Music said that the singers "do credible justice to Nat’s signature tune as she remains in subdued and romantic mood for the entire length" of the song.[42]

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]

  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[48]
  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" (instrumental) – 2:30

Credits and Personnel[edit]

  • Performed by – Celine Dion & Clive Griffin
  • Produced by – David Foster
  • Keyboards & Synthesizers – David Foster
  • Arranged by – David Foster, Jeremy Lubbock
  • Drum Programming – David Foster
  • Minimoog Bass – David Foster
  • Orchestrated by – Jeremy Lubbock
  • Conducted by – Jeremy Lubbock
  • Engineering – Humberto Gatica
  • Mixing – Humberto Gatica

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[60] July 13, 1993
  • cassette
  • 7"
Epic
Japan[61] October 21, 1993 Mini CD SMEJ

See also[edit]

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