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Love Is A Many Splendered Thing (ver. 1) by Paul Francis Webster - Piano Sheets and Free Sheet Music

  
About the Song
"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. (The same pair wrote "Secret Love", an earlier winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song). The song was publicized first in the movie, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), winning its own Best Song Academy Award. From 1967 to 1973, it was used as the theme song to Love is a Many Splendored Thing, the soap opera based on the movie. The best-selling version of the song was recorded by The Four Aces, issued by Decca Records as catalog number 29625. It reached #1 on both Billboard and Cash Box in 1955. The recording by The Four Aces features in the film Cookie (1989). Another version, by Don Cornell, was recorded approximately at the same time. It was issued by Coral Records as catalog number 61467. This song has also has been sung by Ringo Starr (in his album Sentimental.    Download this sheet!
About the Artist
Paul Francis Webster (December 20, 1907 – March 18, 1984) was an American lyricist who won three Academy Awards for Best Song and was nominated sixteen times for the award. He was born in New York City, the son of Myron Lawrence Webster and Blanche Pauline Stonehill Webster. He attended the Horace Mann School (Riverdale, Bronx, New York), graduating in 1926, and then went to Cornell University from 1927 to 1928 and New York University from 1928 to 1930, leaving without receiving a degree. He served in the United States Navy and then became a dance instructor at a studio in New York City[1]. By 1931, however, he turned his career direction to writing song lyrics. His first professional lyric was Masquerade (words by John Jacob Loeb) which became a hit in 1932, performed by Paul Whiteman. In 1935 Twentieth Century Fox signed him to a contract to write lyrics for Shirley Temple's films, but shortly afterward he went back to freelance writing. His first hit was a collaboration in 1941 with Duke Ellington on the song "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)". "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul.
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