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Love Is Blue by Paul Mauriat

Album: Blooming HitsReleased: 1967Charted:
  • Written by the French composers AndrĂ© Popp and Pierre Cour, this song was originally Luxembourg's entry in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest sung by the Greek singer Vicky Leandros. It finished in fourth place.

    In 1968, French orchestral leader Paul Mauriat's instrumental version went to #1 in the US, making it the biggest ever seller of a Eurovision Song Contest song in America, and the first US chart topper by a French artist. In the UK it peaked at #12.
  • This colorful tune is a song of heartbreak, as the singer is blue since she's lost her love, and also green with jealousy. The French version as performed by Vicky Leandros is called "L'amour Est Bleu."
  • Many other artists have recorded this, including a version by Country and Western artist Marty Robbins in 1968. That same year, it hit the Hot 100 for three different artists: Al Martino (#57), Claudine Longet (#71) and Manny Kellem (#96).

    In 1969, a version by the The Dells in a medley with "I Can Sing A Rainbow" reached #22.
  • Jeff Beck covered this song after he left the Yardbirds, but before he formed the Jeff Beck Group. According to Rolling Stone biography on Beck, he deliberately played it out of tune because he hated the song. His version reached #23 in the UK.
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Comments: 7

There are actually English lyrics written by Brian Blackburn for this instrumental smash by composer Paul Mauriat that topped the pop charts for 6 consecutive weeks in 1968. And there's at least one cover of the song with the lyrics performed by Greek singer "Vicky" (Vicky Leandros). I prefer the instrumental. Here is a link to her cover for "Love is Blue." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HtCpjJg1UHenry - Sanford, Florida, Usa
On February 18th 1968, Paul Mauriat performed "Love Is Blue" on the CBS-TV program 'The ed Sullivan Show"...
Two weeks earlier on February 4th it peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart (See next post below)...
R.I.P. Mr. Sullivan (1901 - 1974).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On December 30st 1967, "Love Is Blue" by Paul Mauriat & his Orchestra entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 4th, 1968 it peaked at #1 (for 5 weeks) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
And a week later on February 11th it reached #1 (for 11 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
Also in 1968 three other covered versions charted on the Top 100; Al Martino (at #57), Claudine Longet (at #71), and Manny Kellem & his Orch. & Voices (at #96)...
R.I.P Mr. Mauriat (1925 - 2006), Mr. Martino (1927 - 2009), and Ms. Longet turns 72 next month on January 29th...
(Couldn't find any vitals on Mr. Kellem).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I have heard Paul Mauriat's version many times since it was released in 1967 and became Number One in early 1968. It's a very pretty song and my all-time favorite instrumental.Howard - St. Louis Park, Mn
This song (Mauriat's version) is the first song I can remember knowing as a three-year-old. It played in my then-new mental jukebox while I rode my tricycle.Dougee - San Bernardino, Ca
I have to agree with you Mary. It is beautiful. It's one of the most beautiful instrumentals ever made.Farrah - Elon, Nc
I can't believe there are no comments for this song already! I think "Love Is Blue" is the most amazing, beautiful song ever. The orchestral arangement on Paul Mauriat's part is absolutely beautiful. I have not heard Jeff Beck's original version, but I love Paul Mauriat's version. I think everyone has heard "Love Is Blue" before, even if you did not know it, because it is such a famous song. The best instrumental ever, in my opinion.Mary - London
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