When I Fall in Love

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"When I Fall in Love"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Whenever You Need Somebody
ReleasedDecember 1987
FormatCD single, cassette single, 3" single, 7" single
GenreTraditional pop
Length3:02
LabelRCA
Writer(s)Edward Heyman, Victor Young
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Rick Astley singles chronology
"Whenever You Need Somebody"
(1987)
"When I Fall in Love"/"My Arms Keep Missing You"
(1987)
"Together Forever"
(1988)
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"When I Fall in Love" is a popular song, written by Victor Young (music) and Edward Heyman (lyrics). It was introduced in the film One Minute to Zero. Jeri Southern released the original version in April 1952 with the song's composer, Victor Young, handling the arranging and conducting duties. The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it, though the first hit version was by Doris Day released in July 1952.

Doris Day's recording was made on June 5, 1952. It was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39786 and issued with the flip side "Take Me in Your Arms". The song reached number 20 on the Billboard chart.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

When I fall in love

It will be forever

So I'll never fall in love

Marilyn Monroe[edit]

Contrary to popular belief, 1950s actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe never recorded this song, and the version widely attributed to her is actually sung by Sandra Dee.[3] The reason for the confusion is unknown.

Rick Astley version[edit]

"When I Fall in Love"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Whenever You Need Somebody
ReleasedDecember 1987
FormatCD single, cassette single, 3" single, 7" single
GenreTraditional pop
Length3:02
LabelRCA
Writer(s)Edward Heyman, Victor Young
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Rick Astley singles chronology
"Whenever You Need Somebody"
(1987)
"When I Fall in Love"/"My Arms Keep Missing You"
(1987)
"Together Forever"
(1988)
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The version by Rick Astley was released in December 1987, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of Nat King Cole's version of the song. This single is mainly remembered for a closely fought contest for UK Christmas number 1. Rivals EMI hoping to see their act, Pet Shop Boys, reach #1, re-released the version by Nat King Cole.[4][5] This led to a slow down of purchases of Astley's version, allowing Pet Shop Boys to reach the coveted top spot. Despite selling over 250,000 copies and gaining a Silver certification from the BPI,[6] it peaked in the UK at #2 for two weeks. The re-release by Nat King Cole reached number 4. Since the single was released as a double A-side, the other half of the single was My Arms Keep Missing You, which was successful in its own right in Europe.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987)Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart5
Austrian Singles Chart21
German Singles Chart7
Spanish Singles Chart3
Swedish Singles Chart12
Swedish Singles Chart14
UK Singles Chart2

Year-end charts[edit]

End-of-year chart (1987)Position
UK Singles Chart[7]50
End-of-year chart (1988)Position
German Singles Chart78


Céline Dion and Clive Griffin version[edit]

"When I Fall in Love"
Single by Céline Dion and Clive Griffin
from the album Sleepless in Seattle and The Colour of My Love
ReleasedJune 28, 1993 (1993-06-28)
FormatCD single, cassette single, mini CD single, 7" single
GenreTraditional pop
Length4:20
LabelColumbia, Epic
Writer(s)Edward Heyman, Victor Young
Producer(s)David Foster
Céline Dion singles chronology
"Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"
(1993)
"When I Fall in Love"
(1993)
"Did You Give Enough Love"
(1993)

The version by Céline Dion and Clive Griffin was featured in the romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle and released as a single on June 28, 1993 becoming one of the most acclaimed. The song was recorded expressly for the soundtrack and was originally intended as a duet between Dion and Stevie Wonder. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1994, and won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The award went to David Foster and Jeremy Lubbock. The song appears on both, the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack (number 1 on the Billboard 200 and 4x platinum RIAA certification for selling over 4 million copies in the U.S.), and later on Dion's album The Colour of My Love, released in November 1993.[8]

The music video was directed by Dominic Orlando in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

"When I Fall in Love" reached top 40 in few countries, including number 22 in New Zealand, number 23 in the United States, and number 37 in the Netherlands. It was popular on the U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, peaking at number 6.

In 1998, Anne Murray performed "When I Fall in Love" with Dion live and included it on her DVD called An Intimate Evening with Anne Murray...Live. Later, this version appeared on Murray's 2007 album Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted that Dion's album, The Colour of my Love, which featured the song, had "careful production, professional songwriting (highlighted by "When I Fall in Love," "The Power of Love," and "Think Twice").[9]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Worldwide CD single
  1. "When I Fall in Love" – 4:20
  2. "If I Were You" – 5:07
UK CD maxi single
  1. "When I Fall in Love" – 4:20
  2. "If You Asked Me To" – 3:55
  3. "An Affair to Remember" (instrumental) – 3:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993)Peak
Position
Australian Singles Chart[10]93
Canadian Record's Contemporary Hit Radio Chart[11]31
Canadian RPM Top Singles[12]21
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[13]2
Dutch Singles Chart[14]37
New Zealand Singles Chart[15]22
US Billboard Hot 100[16]23
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[17]6
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[18]40

Recorded versions[edit]

Preceded by
"Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
"Billboard" Easy Listening number-one single
by The Lettermen

January 6, 1962 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 144. 
  3. ^ Link text, additional text.
  4. ^ "The Ultimate Collection by Rick Astley". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Discography – When I Fall In Love". www.rickastley.co.uk. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ The Complete Book Of British Charts by Warwick/Kutner/Brown
  8. ^ The Colour of My Love. Retrieved January 31, 1996.
  9. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-colour-of-my-love-mw0000106368
  10. ^ Australian Singles Chart
  11. ^ Lwin, Nanda (1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1. 
  12. ^ Top Singles – Volume 58, No. 13, October 9, 1993. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  13. ^ Adult Contemporary – Volume 58, No. 12, October 2, 1993. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  14. ^ Dutch Singles Chart
  15. ^ New Zealand Singles Chart
  16. ^ Billboard Hot 100
  17. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
  18. ^ Top 40 Mainstream