When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole

February 23, 2022

Today’s song is an American traditional pop song, “When I Fall in Love,” by Nat King Cole.

Fun Facts:

  • “When I Fall In Love” was written by Edward Heyman and Victor Young and produced by Percy Faith.
  • The song was actually first introduced in a movie! “When I Fall In Love” was sung by Jeri Southern for the romantic war film One Minute to Zero (1952).
  • Doris Day released her own version of the song not long after its cinematic debut. It quickly became a hit, peaking at number 20 on Billboard, and kickstarted the song’s popularity.
  • Nat King Cole recorded his renowned version of the classic on December 28, 1956. It was featured on his album “Love Is the Thing,” released in 1957.
  • Cole’s version of the song was featured in the noir crime film Istanbul (1957), in which he acted the role of Danny Rice.
  • Cole’s version of “When I Fall In Love” peaked at number 2 on the UK’s singles chart in 1957.
  • Other artists who have covered the classic include Etta Jones, Johnny Mathis, Rick Astley, The Lettermen, Donny Osmond, and Nat King Cole’s daughter, Natalie Cole.
  • Natalie’s version of the song utilized vocals from her father’s original 1957 recording in order to create a father-daughter duet. The song went on to win two Grammys in 1996, one for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and one for Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompanying Vocal(s).

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

When I fall in love it will be forever

Or I’ll never fall in love

In a restless world like this is

Love is ended before it’s begun

And too many moonlight kisses

Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun

When I give my heart it will be completely

Or I’ll never give my heart

And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too

Is when I fall in love with you.

And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too

Is when I’ll fall in love with you

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