What makes a love song a “classic?” Why do certain songs seem ‘nice’ and ‘pretty’ and others strike us as eternal and classic? It would be hard to define…and especially so because ‘writing about music is like dancing about architecture’ as someone once said (and I love to quote).
Is this one a classic? Perhaps a more accurate term is a “standard” which is a bit broader – no one could argue against it being classified that way. However, when you consider the plethora of well known artists who have recorded it, you might be tempted to call it a “classic.”
Rick Astley (see ‘rickrolling’ campaign related to his now hilarious, intended to be serious at the time video of the song “Never Gonna Give You Up”) recorded this love song in 1987 , reaching #2 on the UK charts.
Our album of Love Songs features a simple piano solo of “When I Fall In Love”, perfect for a wedding prelude, postlude, reception…or for any other time you need to chill out and listen to an album of great love songs performed in an understated, emotional style.
It has been variously recorded by the Letterman, the Carpenters (releases many years after Karen Carpenter’s tragic death by her brother Richard), Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, and Nat King Cole. The original version was from the movie “One Minute To Zero” and was performed by Doris Day. It was released in 1952, and climbed to a respectable #20 on the Billboard charts.