"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. (The same pair wrote "Secret Love", an earlier winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song). The song was publicized first in the movie, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), winning its own Best Song Academy Award. From 1967 to 1973, it was used as the theme song to Love is a Many Splendored Thing, the soap opera based on the movie.
The best-selling version of the song was recorded by The Four Aces, issued by Decca Records as catalog number 29625. It reached #1 on both Billboard and Cash Box in 1955. The recording by The Four Aces features in the film Cookie (1989).
Another version, by Don Cornell, was recorded approximately at the same time. It was issued by Coral Records as catalog number 61467.
This song has also has been sung by Ringo Starr (in his album Sentimental Journey), Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and Barry Manilow, as well as the title of the song being referred to by AFI in their album Very Proud of Ya. Neil Sedaka has recorded this song in Italian as "L'Amore E' Una Cosa Meravigliosa". A section of the song is sung in the TV series Bones by Eric Millegan, the actor who plays Zack Addy, in the episode "Wannabe in the Weeds". It is also partially sung by Matt Bomer, the actor who plays Neal Caffrey in the TV Series White Collar (episode 1x09: Vital Signs). This song was heard in movies such as Grease, Private Parts, St. Trinian's, St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, and The Nutty Professor 2.
- ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.