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Suddenly

(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings is a popular song, written by Laurent Henri Herpin (music), Jean Marie Blauvillain (aka “Jamblan”) (French lyrics), and Harold Jacob Rome (English lyrics). The song was first introduced in France in 1942 by Jean Sablon under the title Ma Mie. In 1944, it was introduced by the elegant, single-named cabaret singer, Hildegarde under the English title, (All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings. The English version of the song was used in the 1945 musical comedy, Anchors Aweigh, and sung by the pretty, petite brunette with a heart-shaped face, Kathryn Grayson. Grayson’s most memorable roles came in the early 1950s. They were Show Boat (1951), where she played “Magnolia,” opposite Ava Gardner and Howard Keel; Kiss Me Kate (1953), playing actress “Lilli Vanessi,” who portrayed “Katherine” in the film’s “show within a show,” a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. In 1953, she exited MGM, then made only one more film, The Vagabond King (1956) at Paramount. She later worked in nightclubs and on stage.

 Anchors Aweigh starred Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly and while (All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings was one of its better moments, the film is best known for the “King Who Couldn’t Dance” sequence, a mixture of animation and live action that features Kelly dancing with Jerry the mouse (of Tom and Jerry fame). This sequence deserves its reputation, for the blend is seamless and the dancing is captivating.

The song was also played and sung throughout the 1946 film, Young Widow, starring John Wayne, Jane Russell, and Louis Hayward. (I do not know who sang the song in the film.)

In the song, (All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings, as each line of the song is sung, the melody line goes up the scale. Upon reaching the highest note, each continuing line comes down the scale. Those who tackle this song need to have a voice with a wide range, which may account for the fact that only two versions of the song ever made it to the Billboard charts. Of possible interest, is the fact that one of the versions to reach the Billboard charts was by Johnnie Johnston, who later was married to Kathryn Grayson. So both husband and wife recorded the song, though not together. The other charted version was by Martha Stewart (No, not that Martha Stewart!)

 The song speaks remembering all “the crazy things we say and do” that makes the lover’s heart sing. The song is reminiscent of some other “remembering” songs, including Little Things Mean A Lot, made popular by Kitty Kallen in 1954, and These Foolish Things, made popular by several artists, including Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Johnny Hartman, Frankie Laine, Sam Cooke, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Sammy Davis Jr., Aaron Neville, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, and James Brown.  

 THE LYRICS

 (ALL OF A SUDDEN) MY HEART SINGS

Music by Laurent Henri Herpin; English lyrics by Harold Jacob Rome

All of a sudden my heart sings

When I remember little things

The way you dance and hold me tight

The way you kiss and say good night

The crazy things we say and do

The fun it is to be with you

The magic thrill that’s in your touch

Oh darling, I love you so much

The secret way you press my hand

To let me know you understand

The wind and rain upon your face

The breathless world of your embrace

Your little laugh and half-surprise

The star light gleaming in your eyes

Remembering all those little things

All of a sudden my heart sings

THE RECORDINGS

(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings

Johnnie Johnston

Kathyrn Grayson

Martha Stewart

Hildegarde

Connie Haines

Eugenie Baird

Jack Carroll

Guy Lombardo

Duke Ellington (vocal by Joya Sherrill)

Frances Faye

Nellie Lutcher

Mireille Matthieu

Paul Anka

Ma Mie (French version)

Jean Sablon

Charles Trenet

La Chorale Des Enfants de l’Opera Paris

Per un momento ho perso te (Italian version)

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Not That Bolero!

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All My Love is a 1950 popular song, written by Paul Durand, with French lyrics written by Henri Contet and English lyrics by Mitchell Parish. There is some mis-information concerning this song that I would like to correct at the outset.

In the first place, there is the erroneous  idea that the song is based on Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. Don Tyler, in his otherwise excellent book, Hit Parade 1920-1955 (An Encyclopedia of the Top Songs of the Jazz, Depression, Swing, and Sing Eras) writes: “Once again a popular song is borrowed from the classics, this time “Bolero” by impressionist composer Maurice Ravel . . . The very distinctive bolero rhythm of Ravel’s original has probably been the key to its continuing popularity. The same melodic idea is repeated over and over, beginning very softly. With each repetition instruments are added, until the sound is almost deafening.” While these words may be a fine description of Ravel’s Bolero, they are not in any way a description of the song All My Love. My only conclusion after reading Tyler’s words is that he never listened to this piece and took for granted that it was based on Ravel’s classic. I suspect that he came to this conclusion was because of the subtitle of the piece, which is “Bolero.” The only possible similarity that this song has with Ravel’s Bolero is the contagious rhythm used in the piece.

Secondly, many of the internet sources state that Cliff Richard had a hit version of the song. While it is true that Richard made a recording of a song entitled All My Love, but it is not the same song written by Paul Durand in 1949. Again, listening to the song would have prevented this error.

Now that we have the misinformation out of the way, let me turn to the 1950 popular song entitled All My Love (Bolero).

This song was originally entitled Bolero and was written by French composer Paul Durand. It became known in United States as All My Love when lyricist Mitchell Parish wrote the English lyrics to Durand’s music. Parish is best known for his lyrics to such songs as Stardust, Sweet Lorraine, Deep Purple, Stars Fell On Alabama, Sophisticated Lady, Volare (English lyrics), and Moonlight Serenade.

Movie poster for the film, Scandal in Champs Elysèe

Movie poster for the film, Scandal in Champs Elysèe

The original version was composed for the movie Scandal in Champs Elysèe (1949) and recalls but does not imitate the rhythm of the famous one-movement orchestral piece written for a ballet entitled Bolero of Maurice Ravel, The movie, Scandal in Champs Elysèe, is a drama in which three ravishing models are murdered at a top designer’s salon. The murders are investigated and after a number of mishaps and a certain amount of flirting, the detective on the case manages to clear up the case.

All My Love was popularized by Patti Page in 1950 and first reached the Billboard chart on August 26, 1950, lasting twenty-two weeks and peaking at #1. It was Patti Page’s first #1 hit. In this song, Patti Page wanders expertly through the octaves, from sultry alto to señorita soprano and she extends the phrase “Ohhhh, ooh-ooh never let me go” into a twelve-second, one-breath plea, and inserts a hiccupping country cry in the phrase, “I can  see…” Even if listeners could not see Page, they certainly became aware of the message of this love song.

The original Billboard review said of the song and Page’s handling of the lyrics: “The adaptation of the French ballad ‘Bolero’ is sung with warmth and persuasion by the thrush. If the plug tune scores, this disking could catch a sizable share.”

Patti Page

Patti Page

Patti Page [birth name: Clara Ann Fowler] was one of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music. She was often introduced as “the Singin’ Rage, Miss Patti Page.” Page signed with Mercury Records in 1947, and became the company’s first successful female artist, starting with 1948’s Confess. Because of a strike, background singers were not available to provide harmony vocals for the song, so instead, Page and the label decided to overdub her own. Mitch Miller, who, at the time was a producer for Mercury Records, was able to overdub Page’s voice, due to his well-known use of technology. Thus, Patti Page became the first pop artist to overdub her own vocals on a song.

In addition to Patti Page’s #1 version, All My Love was also popular in 1950 in versions by Guy Lombardo, Percy Faith, Bing Crosby, and Dennis Day.

THE LYRICS

ALL MY LOVE

Music by Paul Durand; English lyrics by Mitchell Parish

All my love, I give you all my love

The skies may fall, my love

But I will still be true

All my sighs, will disappear at last

Now that you’re here at last

My heart belongs to you

Ohhhhhhhhh ooh, never let me go

You thrill me so

I can see as I recall my life

I’ve waited all my life

To give you all my love

Ay, ay, ay

Ay, ay, ay

Ay, ay, ay

Ay, ay, ay

Bow, caballero, and tip your sombrero

To your señorita, the lovely Chiquita

Waiting so long for you and your song

While you are playing her heart will be swaying

She will surrender her kisses so tender

To you she will cling the moment that you sing

All my love, I give you all my love

The skies may fall, my love

But I will still be true

All my sighs will disappear at last

Now that you’re here at last my heart belongs to you

Ohhhhhhhhh ooh, never let me go

You thrill me so

I can see as I recall my life

I’ve waited all my life

To give you all my love

Ay, ay, ay

Ay, ay, ay

Ay, ay, ay

[FADE]

Ay, ay, ay

BOLÉRO

Music by Paul Durand; French lyrics by Henri Contet

Boléro

Dans la douceur du soir

Sous le ciel rouge et noir

Où chantent les guitares

Boléro

Si tu voulais danser

Dans mes deux bras serrée

Qu’il ferait bon s’aimer

Viens, mon amour t’appelle

Viens, danser encor’

Boléro

Je garderai toujours

Le souvenir du jour

Où j’ai dansé l’amour

Aïe Aïe Aïe Aïe Aïe Aïe Aïe Aïe Aïe

 

Comme en rêve

La nuit qui se lève

Allume une flamme

Au fond de nos âmes

Soleil de tes yeux

Instant merveilleux

Pour que je prenne

Ta main dans la mienne

Dis-moi, quand tu danses

Des mots d’espérance

Dis-moi ton désir

Comme un premier soupir

THE RECORDINGS

 ALL MY LOVE

Patti Page [Harry Geller Orchestra]

Percy Faith and his Orchestra

Bing Crosby [Jeff Alexander Chorus; Victor Young Orchestra]

Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians [vocals by Bill Flanagan]

Dennis Day [Charles Dant Orchestra]

BOLÉRO

 Jacqueline François [Paul Durand Orchestra]

Georges Guétray

Roberto Inglez and His Orchestra (instrumental)

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