PLAISIR D'AMOUR

Latest update on 07/04/2017

Artist: Emilio De Gogorza
Author: Pierre Claris de Florian/Martini il Tedesco
Label: Victor
Year: 1902

Composed around 1760 in Nancy by Jean Pierre Claris de Florian, one of Voltaire's protégés, regarded as a literary heir to La Fontaine and inducted in the Académie Française in 1788. Coauthor was Jean Paul Egide Martini, an alias for Johann Paul Aegidius Schwarzendorf, which explains his nickname Martini il Tedesco, coming from Bavaria and Kapellmeister of the Prince de Condé. The song was based upon Florian's poem La Célestine. Original title of this romantic composition: La Romance du Chevrier. First published as Romance Nouvelle de M. Le Chevalier de Florian, sur une musique de M. Martini in the Periodique Les Etrennes de Polymnie (1785). Was standard pianoforte repertoire in the salons. In 1859 Berlioz gave it an orchestral arrangement. Somewhere between 1890 and 1908 it was retitled Plaisir d'amour.

Covers:

1902:

Lucien Fugére

1902:

Mimi Pinson

1903:

Monseigneur A. Delcroix [for Odéon]

1904:

Jean Lasalle

1904:

Maurice Decléry

1905:

Pierre Cornubert

1908:

Maurice Renaud

1908:

Charles Gilibert

1914:

Edmond Clément

1925:

Alice Raveau

1929:

John McCormack

1931:

Yvonne Printemps

1932:

Ray Ventura

1935:

Beniamino Gigli

1939:

Rina Ketty

1949:

Montgomery Clift [in film The Heiress situated in 1840]

1958:

Mado Robin

1958:

Tino Rossi

1961:

Joan Baez

1961:

Elvis Presley [n°1 UK as Can't Help Falling In Love; the last song of his very last concert, Indianapolis, June 26, 1977]

1962:

Jacqueline Boyer [as Chante encore mon coeur]

1964:

Seekers [as The Joy Of Love]

1965:

Marianne Faithfull

1967:

Bobby Solo [as Tu Ne Vai]

1969:

Aphrodite's Child [as I Want To Live; n°1 NL]

1970:

Andy Williams

1970:

Al Martino

1971:

Nana Mouskouri

1973:

Bob Dylan

1976:

Stylistics

1977:

Lucky Blondo [as C'est beaucoup mieux ainsi]

1978:

Dave [as Comment ne pas être amoureux de vous]

1979:

Engelbert Humperdinck

1987:

Corey Hart

1990:

Julio Iglesias

1992:

Bono [in film Honeymoon In Vegas]

1992:

Luka Bloom [all after Presley as Can't Help Falling In Love]

1993:

UB 40 [n°1 UK, US & NL]

1996:

Sanne [as Ik Hield Van Jou]

1997:

Helmut Lotti

1998:

Neil Diamond

2001:

Howe Gelb

2002:

A-Teens [as Can't Help Falling In Love in Disney film Lilo & Stitch]

2003:

Emmylou Harris [with Kate & Anna McGarrigle]

2003:

Erasure

2004:

Michael Bublé [as Can't Help Falling In Love]

2008:

Triffids [on the Domino reissue of The Black Swan]

2009:

Harry Connick Jr. [idem]

2011:

Chris Isaak [idem]

Just before Can't Help Falling In Love, Elvis recorded Surrender. That's another song with roots predating the first recording era and it also got known through Rina Ketty. So it was an obvious choice to follow-up Surrender's success (n°1 US) in that same vein.

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