Hymne à l'amour
|"Hymne à l'amour"|
Cover of a 1956 vinyl single featuring Hymne à l'amour as the B-side
|Single by Édith Piaf|
|Label||Les Industries Musicales Et Electriques Pathé Marconi|
|Songwriter(s)||Édith Piaf (Original lyrics)|
Geoffrey Parsons (English lyrics)
Marguerite Monnot (music)
Édith Piaf, 1950 (20 seconds)
The lyrics were written by Piaf and the music by Marguerite Monnot. It was written to her lover and the love of her life, the French boxer, Marcel Cerdan. On October 28, 1949, Cerdan was killed in the crash of Air France Flight 009 on his way from Paris to New York to come to see her. She recorded the song on May 2, 1950.
"Hymne à l'amour" was translated into English by Piaf's protégé Eddie Constantine as "Hymn to Love", which was recorded by Piaf on her album La Vie En Rose / Édith Piaf Sings In English (1956). This version was featured on Cyndi Lauper's 2003 album At Last.
It was also adapted into English as "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)" with lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons. Kay Starr brought fame to this version in 1954, with her version reaching No. 4 on Billboard's charts of Best Sellers in Stores and Most Played by Jockeys. Starr's version was ranked No. 20 on Billboard's ranking of 1954's Most Popular Records According to Retail Sales and No. 20 on Billboard's ranking of 1954's Most Popular Records According to Disk Jockey Plays.
"Hymne à l'amour" was adapted into Japanese in 1951 as "Love Hymn" (愛の讃歌, Ai no Sanka), by singer Fubuki Koshiji, featuring lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani. The song became one of her signature songs, amassing around 2,000,000 copies sold of various singles featuring this song. "Love Hymn" was covered by Keiko Masuda in her 2014 covers album Ai Shōka (愛唱歌, Love Songs).
"Hymne à l'amour" was covered by Japanese singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru in 2010, under the name "Hymne à l'amour" (愛のアンセム, Ai no Ansemu). The title is unique to Utada's version, as most Japanese renditions have the same title as Fubuki Koshiji's 1951 cover, "Love Hymn" (愛の讃歌, Ai no Sanka). Utada's version reached No. 5 on Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay, No. 7 on Billboard Japan Hot 100, and No. 19 on RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100.
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