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No Other Love (1953 song)

"No Other Love"
Song from Me and Juliet
Published 1953
Writer Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer Richard Rodgers

"No Other Love" is a show tune from the 1953 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Me and Juliet.[1][2]

Richard Rodgers originally composed this tune (with the title "Beneath the Southern Cross") for the NBC television series Victory at Sea (1952/1953). When Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated on Me and Juliet, Rodgers took his old melody and set it to new words by Hammerstein, producing the song "No Other Love".[1] The song has a tango rhythm (referred to by Rodgers as a "languid tango" in his autobiography, Musical Stages).

The 1953 song should not be confused with "No Other Love", a song of 1950. The melody for the 1950 song was taken from Étude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3 by Frédéric Chopin.

A cover version can be found on the 1961 Verve release Ella in Hollywood, where Ella Fitzgerald recorded this live at the Crescendo nightclub with Lou Levy on piano.

Perry Como recorded the Rodgers and Hammerstein song on May 19, 1953 and was released by RCA Victor[1] The record reached No. 1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in August 1953.

In 1956, the song was re-recorded by the English singer Ronnie Hilton, reaching No. 1 for six weeks on the UK Singles Chart.[2][3]

Jay and the Americans released a cover version of the song in 1968.

Notes

^[m] - The song "No Other Love" has the same melody as "Beneath the Southern Cross".

References

  1. ^ a b c "Victory at Sea [Song Collection]", U.S. Library of Congress, 2005, webpage: LOC-gov-23.
  2. ^ a b Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 25.  
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006).  
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