(Where Do I Begin) Love Story

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PROFILE
Composer Francis Lai
Lyricist Carl Sigman
Year Written 1970
About (Where Do I Begin) Love Story
The movie Love Story, released in 1970, was the ultimate romantic weepie for an entire generation. Love Story was about the young Harvard student from a very good (and wealthy) family (Ryan O’Neal) falling in love with a Radcliffe student from a working class family (Ali MacGraw). When Ryan O’Neal marries Ali MacGraw, his father cuts off all financial support and they live the blissful life of a poor young married couple living above the laundromat. (Spoiler alert) Ali MacGraw becomes terminally ill; the movie ends with the deathbed scene of Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal telling his father that  “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” I guess you had to be there.

Lyrics

Where do I begin
To tell the story of how great a love can be
A sweet love story that is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love she brings to me
Where do I start

With her first hello
She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine
There’d never be another love, another time
She came into my life and made the living fine
She fills my heart

She fills my heart with very special things
With angels’ songs , with wild imaginings
She fills my soul with so much love
That anywhere I go I’m never lonely
With her around, who could be lonely
I reach for her hand it’s always there

How long does it last
Can love be measured by the hours in a day
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I know I’ll need her till the stars all burn away
And she’ll be there

Session / Album Information

1970

“(Where Do I Begin) Love Story” was recorded on December 3, 1970 and released that year on the album Love Story. It was arranged by Peter Matz.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: CBS 45: S 7056
  • 1971: Columbia 45: 4-45316
  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30558 — Love Story
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: KG 31494 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: CBS 68200 — All-Time Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1973: Columbia Special Products LP 12″: P2 12361 — Reflections
  • 1973: Columbia LP 12″: C 32239 — Sunrise, Sunset
  • 1978: Columbia Special Products LP 12″: P 14623 — Sentimental Gold
  • 1982: CBS Special Products CD: — My Best To You
  • 1983: CBS Special Products LP 12″: P 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1986: Columbia CD: — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1986: CBS/Sony CD: 32DP-558 — 16 Most Requested Songs [Japan]
  • 1990: Columbia/Legacy CD: CK-40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1990: Columbia/Legacy CD: 40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1990: Columbia CD: 40215 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1992: Sony Mid-Price CD: 4724182 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 16655 — My Best To You
  • 1995: Sony Special Products CD: 58257 — My Best To You
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 65316 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1997: Eclipse Music Group CD: 64859 — My Best To You
  • 2001: Sony Music CD: SRCS-9093 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2002: Collectables CD: 9870 — My Best To You
  • 2005: Sony Music CD: 4721952 — 16 Most Requested Songs
  • 2011: Disc #41 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK40) Love Story
  • 2011: Disc #48 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK47) Sunrise, Sunset

1971

“(Where Do I Begin) Love Story” was recorded on January 31, 1971 and released that year on the album Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Marty Manning.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30953 — Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2011: Disc #42 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK41) Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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