Singer from Virginia with the Leroy Holmes orchestra.
Tommy Edwards [stereo arrangement; n°1 US & UK]
Richard Anthony [as C'est le jeu]
Cliff Richard [n°2 UK]
Gaylords [reggae version]
Elton John [following the Four Tops version]
Van Morrison [on Into The Music]
Melody slightly based upon Melody In A Major, written in 1912 by General Charles Gater Dawes, a future vice president of the United States (under president Coolidge). Versions: Fritz Kreizler (1921), Anson Weeks Orch. (1933), Eddie South (1940). Words (by Carl Sigman) followed in '51, the year Dawes died. That's when Tommy Edwards first recorded it (unsuccessfully). His second try seven years later with a vocal group arrangement became a world hit.
Other songs Carl Sigman wrote lyrics for: Where Do I Begin (theme of film Love Story), Arrivederci Roma, Ebb Tide, Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think), If You Could See Me Now, The World We Knew (Over And Over), What Now My Love and The Day The Rains Came (two translations of Becaud songs).