Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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L-O-V-E

Co-written and first recorded by Bert Kaempfert (1964).
Hit version by Nat “King” Cole (US #89/MOR #17 1965)

From the wiki: “‘L-O-V-E’ was composed by Bert Kaempfert, and was first recorded as an instrumental track on Kaempfert’s album Blue Midnight (1964). Nat ‘King’ Cole followed in 1965 with his vocal recording for his album of the same name (1965), with lyrics by Milt Gabler. The trumpet solo on the Cole recording was performed by Bobby Bryant. For international versions of L-O-V-E album, Cole also recorded versions of ‘L-O-V-E’ in Japanese (mixed with English words), Italian, German, Spanish and French (as ‘Je Ne Repartirai Pas’).”

Nat “King” Cole, “L-O-V-E” (1965):

Nat “King” Cole, “L-O-V-E” multi-lingual version (1965):

Nat “King” Cole, “L-O-V-E” Japanese version (1965):

Nat “King” Cole, “Je Ne Repartirai Pas” (1965):

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