April 11, 2015

#73: "A whole gang of love"

"I Wish You Love" started life as a French song with a completely different set of lyrics from the versions recorded by Keely Smith in 1957 and by Frank in 1964:



The song was composed by Leo Chauliac and Charles Trenet with words by Trenet. The second set of lyrics is the work of one Albert Beach, who takes us through the seasons with good wishes for his former love:

I wish you bluebirds in the spring
To give your heart a song to sing
And then a kiss but more than this
I wish you love
You may say that bluebirds are a little trite but they work for me, jazzed up as they are by Frank and company. But the summer image is my favorite:
And in July lemonade
To cool you in some leafy glade
Aaaaahhh. Thank you, Mr. Beach, whoever you are, for giving Sinatra those lines to sing.

Something tells me Frank wrote the last lines himself:
Hot damn! I wish you love
All kinds of love
A whole gang of love
The CD credits Quincy Jones with all the arrangements but Will Friedwald writes that Jones hired some extra help and Billy Byers arranged "I Wish You Love."

Here's Keely's take:




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