True Love (Cole Porter song)

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"True Love"
Single by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
from the album High Society
B-side"Well, Did You Evah!"
Released1956
Format10" 78rpm and 7" single
RecordedFebruary 22, 1956
GenreEasy listening
Length3:07
LabelCapitol Records
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter
"True Love"
Single by Richard Chamberlain
from the album Richard Chamberlain Sings
B-side"I Will Love You"
Released1963
Format7" single
Recorded1963
GenreSoul
Length2:17
LabelMGM
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter
Richard Chamberlain singles chronology
"All I Have to Do Is Dream/Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo"
(1963)
"True Love"
(1963)
"Blue Guitar"
(1963)
"True Love"
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Single by George Harrison
from the album Thirty Three & 1/3
B-side"Pure Smokey"
ReleasedFebruary 18, 1977
Format7-inch single
Length2:45
LabelDark Horse
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter
George Harrison singles chronology
"Crackerbox Palace"
(1977)
"True Love"
(1977)
"It's What You Value"
(1977)
Thirty Three & 1/3 track listing
"True Love"
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Single by Elton John and Kiki Dee
from the album Duets
B-side"The Show Must Go On", "Runaway Train"
Released8 November 1993
Format7" vinyl, CD single, cassette single
Length3:33
LabelThe Rocket Record Company
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Elton John singles chronology
"Simple Life"
(1993)
"True Love"
(1993)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
(1994)
Kiki Dee singles chronology
"Angel Eyes"
(1987)
"True Love"
(1993)

"True Love" is a popular song written by Cole Porter and was published in 1956. The song was introduced by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the musical film High Society.[1] "True Love" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Kelly's contribution on the record is relatively minor, duetting with Crosby on only the final chorus. Nonetheless, the single is co-credited to her.

The Crosby-Kelly version, accompanied by Johnny Green's MGM studio orchestra using a romantic arrangement by Conrad Salinger, was a hit single, peaking at number four in the United Kingdom, number three in Australia and number one in the Netherlands. Many musical artists have covered the song since its release, including Richard Chamberlain, Nancy Sinatra, George Harrison, Shakin' Stevens, and Elton John and Kiki Dee.

Recordings that charted[edit]

Richard Chamberlain released a cover of the song as a single in 1963; it peaked at number 30 in the United Kingdom. A version by Shakin' Stevens from his 1988 album A Whole Lotta Shaky reached number 23 in the UK. In 1993, Elton John and Kiki Dee recorded the song as an adult contemporary duet for John's album Duets; the single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart, number four in Belgium, number seven in Iceland, number 12 in Canada and number 56 in the United States.

Other recordings[edit]

A version of the song by Jane Powell out at the same time as the Crosby–Kelly version was also popular. Elvis Presley cut a version of "True Love" that was featured on his successful album Loving You from 1957.[2] Ricky Nelson included a version of the song on his 1957 debut album Ricky.[3] In 1961 Patsy Cline covered the song on her second studio album, Patsy Cline Showcase.[4] Shelley Fabares cut a version of the song on her album Shelley! released in 1962.[5] Al Hirt released a version on his 1962 album, Trumpet and Strings.[6] The Everly Brothers recorded a version for their 1962 album Instant Party without any commercial success.[7] A version by Nancy Sinatra was released as a single in 1965.

Other versions to achieve success include Jack Jones, 1965, as the closing tune for There's Love and There's Love and There's Love, an album of romance classics arranged by Nelson Riddle;[8] The song has also featured on a number of albums cut by Connie Francis. A version of "True Love" is on the 1974 album I'm Leaving It All Up to You by Donny and Marie Osmond. A version by George Harrison done in a blues rock style, from his 1976 album Thirty Three & 1/3,[9] was released as the album's third single in 1977.[10]

The short-lived 1980s band Oasis recorded a version on their one album, Oasis, in 1984.[11] Anne Murray recorded a cover of the song for her album Croonin' (1993).[12] Neil Diamond covered the song for his 1998 album The Movie Album: As Time Goes By.[13] Deana Martin recorded “True Love” on her 2013 album Destination Moon as a duet with her father, Dean Martin, who originally recorded the song for his 1960 album This Time I'm Swingin'!.[14]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[44]
Elton John and Kiki Dee version
Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

"True Love" is the name of a yacht on which two of the characters honeymoon in the play The Philadelphia Story, on which the musical is based. Bing Crosby later owned a 55-foot Constellation yacht which he named the "True Love".

References[edit]

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