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(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story

"(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story"
Published 1970
Composer Francis Lai
Lyricist Carl Sigman
Recorded by Andy Williams
Vikki Carr
Rick Astley
José José
Shirley Bassey
Donald Braswell II
Francis Lai
Henry Mancini
Johnny Mathis
Patricia Kaas
Paul Mauriat
Plácido Domingo
Richard Clayderman
Nino Tempo & April Stevens Estela Nunez
Patty Pravo

"(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story" is a popular song published in 1970, with music by Francis Lai and lyrics by Carl Sigman. The song was first introduced as an instrumental theme in the 1970 film Love Story. The lyrics were added after the theme music became popular.

The song also served as the theme of the 1973-1974 NBC romantic anthology television series Love Story.


  • Covers 1
  • Samples 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The song has been covered many times. Andy Williams recorded originally and made the biggest hit version reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the easy listening chart for four weeks,[1] in addition to #4 on the UK Singles Chart. A "disco" version was recorded by Williams in 1979.

The song was also recorded by Lai himself (U.S. #31) with a full orchestra, and by Henry Mancini (U.S. #13), Vikki Carr, Nino Tempo & April Stevens, Glen Campbell, Rick Astley, Johnny Mathis, José José, Astrud Gilberto, Shirley Bassey, Patricia Kaas, Nana Mouskouri, Paul Mauriat, Donald Braswell II, Johnny Pearson and Richard Clayderman. Williams performed the song with Miss Piggy in an episode of The Muppet Show.

There is also a Romanian cover of this song by Aurelian Andreescu, as well as a French one by Mireille Mathieu, and Korean remake by G.Fla.In the Philippines, It was recorded by the popular Filipino singer-actress Nora Aunor and was part of her The Golden Hits of Nora Aunor Album.

An Italian cover under the title "Grazie amore mio" sung by Patty Pravo in her album "Di vero in fondo"[2] in 1971. The Italian Lyrics are by Sergio Bardotti.[3]

Immortal Technique used "Love Story" as a background in the song "Dance with the Devil".

Thrash metal band Gwar released a song called "Don's Bong Is Gone" which was heavily based on "Love Story."

Sergio Franchi recorded this song in his 1971 Metromedia album, Sergio Franchi.[4]

Estonian band MIR (Marju Kuut, Ivo Linna, Reet Linna) recorded Estonian version ("Armastuse lugu") in 1971.

Ray Conniff's version replaced the pronoun "she" (referring to Ali MacGraw's character in the film) with "you".

N.EX.T also covered this song in an instrumental version, in their album The Return of Next, Part 2.

Donald Braswell II recorded this song on his 2007 album New Chapter.

Australian singer Alfio recorded this song in 2008 for his album Classic Rewinds in tribute to Al Martino and 14 other Italian American singers.

Barry Manilow recorded this song on his 2010 Album "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time". He performed this song live on the penultimate Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

Away Team remixed this song, and their version was featured in the Showtime TV series, The L Word in Season 2.

Filipino pop singer Gary Valenciano covered the song for the theme song of the movie In The Name of Love released by Star Cinema in the Philippines in 2011.

An instrumental version played during episodes 1 and 3 of the 2012 Korean drama Love Rain.

Gerphil Geraldine Flores, a contestant on Asia's Got Talent, performed an operatic ballad version of this song during the Semi-Finals round of the competition.


It has been sampled by DJ SS in the Drum & Bass song "Lighter", and was also sampled in piano and used in a song called "Dance with the Devil" by the rapper Immortal Technique. In addition, Hi-Tek also sampled Andy Williams' version for the track "Where It Started (NY)" for his album Hi-Teknology²: The Chip.

The piano melody has also been sampled by British hip hop artists Phi Life Cypher and Task Force for the track "Who's This" on the EP "The Chosen Few".

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Di vero in fondo
  3. ^ Sergio Bardotti
  4. ^

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