First recorded by Fran Warren w. Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra (1946).
Hit versions by Jo Stafford (US #15 1947), Jan & Dean (US #95 1962), Lenny Welch (US #96/MOR #21 1972), Kenny Rankin (MOR #28 1976), Reba McEntire (C&W #5 1988).
Also recorded by Louis Prima (1947), The Harptones (1953), Etta James (1961).
From the wiki: “‘A Sunday Kind of Love’ was composed by Barbara Belle, Anita Leonard, Stan Rhodes, and Louis Prima. It was first recorded in 1946 by Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra, becoming the signature-song for his vocalist, Fran Warren. Jo Stafford had the first charted recording of ‘A Sunday Kind of Love’, in 1947, the same year that co-writer Louis Prima recorded an arrangement with his orchestra.
“In 1953, the Harptones (‘Since I Fell For You‘), a group who never had a Top-40 pop hit, or even charted any of their 29 singles nationally on the Billboard R&B chart, covered ‘A Sunday Kind of Love’ – an arrangement that would have a strong influence on subsequent popular recordings of the song including covers by Etta James, Lenny Welch, and Kenny Rankin.”
Jo Stafford, “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1947):
Louis Prima, “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1947):
The Harptones, “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1953):
Etta James, “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1961):
Jan & Dean, “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1962):
Lenny Welch, “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1972):
Kenny Rankin, “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1976):
Reba McEntire, “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1988):
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