- Pour toi – French Wikipedia
- Pour toi – Second Hand Songs
- Feelings – Wikipedia
- Feelings – Second Hand Songs
Morris Albert’s 1973 recording of “Feelings” was a big hit in 1974. The song was adapted, according to a 1987 jury verdict in Federal District Court in Manhattan, by Albert from the song “Pour toi,” composed in 1956 by Louis Gasté, with lyrics by Albert Simonin and his wife Marie-Hélène Bourquin, though it took a lengthy and eventually successful 1980s copyright infringement suit to legally name Gasté as co-songwriter. Albert also released an alternate version with a Spanish-language lyric, in 1974, which was evidently written by himself, as he’s the sole songwriter credited on the label (see below). In 1975, Israeli-born French pop star Mike Brant recorded a version of “Feelings” titled “Dis-lui” (“Tell him”), with the French lyric written by Michel Jourdan.
Pour toi (m. Louis Gasté, w. Albert Simonin, Marie-Hélène Bourquin)
“Pour toi” was recorded by the singer and actress Line Renaud, wife of Gasté, in 1956, and performed by Dario Moreno in the 1957 film Le Feu aux poudres. The arrangements of the song used by Moreno in the film and in a separate studio recording with an orchestra sound very little like Morris Albert’s 1973 recording of “Feelings,” though portions of the melody are similar. The 1956 recording by Line Renaud, in part, exhibits slightly greater resemblance to Albert’s “Feelings,” melodically and in tone, but it seems like a rather large leap to find that the melody of “Feelings” was copied or stolen from the French song.
The claim made by the plaintiff Gasté that Albert “gained access” to the virtually unknown song “Pour toi” through his publisher Fermata, which “had had some dealings with Gasté’s publishing company, Les Editions Louis Gasté, in the 1950s” was unaccompanied by evidence that such access was ever obtained.
Line Renaud — title song from the 1956 EP Pathé (France) 45 EG 232
Dario Moreno — in the 1956 film Le Feu aux poudres; the performance begins at about :49
Dario Moreno — from the 1957 EP Imploration, Philips 432.182 NE
Feelings (m. Louis Gasté, Morris Albert, w. Morris Albert)
Feelings — issued in 1974 on the single RCA Victor PB-10279, b/w “This World Today is a Mess” — US chart success: #6, Hot 100; #2, Adult Contemporary; also later released on the 1975 LP Feelings, RCA Victor APL1-1018
Sentimientos (aka “Dime”) — issued in 1974 on Beverly (Brazil) 45-13.508; songwriting credited solely to Morris Albert on the label — A recording under the same title released by Mexican singer José José in 1974 has a different lyric.
Selected additional early recordings of “Feelings”
Andy Williams — from the 1975 LP The Other Side of Me, Columbia PC 33563
Des O’Connor — from his 1975 album With ‘Feelings’, Hallmark (UK) HMA 255
The Wynners — from the 1976 LP Same Kind of Magic, Philips (Hong Kong) 6380 006
Ronnie Aldrich, his Pianos and Orchestra — from the 1977 LP With Love and Understanding, Decca Phase 4 PFS 4406 (SP-44286)
Lena Martell — final track on her 1976 album Country Style, (UK) Pye Records NSPH 18
Tracy Huang — title track from her 1976 album (Singapore) EMI EMGS-5004; a version of the album with one additional track on each side was issued in the same year in Singapore, Malaysia,and Hong Kong as EMI EMGS-5005
Walter Jackson — from his 1976 album Feeling Good, Chi Sound Records CH-LA656-G
Litsa Skartsatou — uploaded on 21 March 2008
Versions in other languages
Dis-lui — French lyric by Michel Jourdan
Mike Brant — issued on the 1975 single Polydor (France) 2056 435 1975, b/w “L’oiseau noir et l’oiseau blanc“
Pes tis — Greek-language version, lyricist unknown
Sakis Rouvas — 2003
more recent recordings of “Pour toi”
Roch Voisine — from the 1990 LP Double
Line Renaud — date unknown
Unlike the performance in the video immediately above, which seems to be from about the same time, in the following
1999 2006(?)* live performance by Line Renaud and Muriel Robin, the pair sing the lyric of the 1956 song “Pour toi,” yet use an arrangement strikingly similar to that of Morris Albert’s arrangement of “Feelings,” including its rather dissimilar refrain (even its signature whoa whoa whoas). One commenter on the YouTube post said, succinctly, “not the original ‘pour toi’. Gaste ripped off Morris Albert. Pour toi didn’t sound like this.” Il semble que oui.
It stinks that Gaste won his bogus infringement suit, stealing credit and royalties from Albert, but this performance magnifies the reek of the scam.
Line Renaud et Muriel Robin — 2006(?)
* 1999, the date given by the video provider, is questionable because the provider also locates the performance on the “Symphonic Show,” a TV series which, according to IMDb ran from 2003 to 2007. Not only that, but IMDb indicates that Line Renaud appeared in just two episodes, both during the period 2006-2007, while Muriel Robin also appeared in only two episodes, both in 2006.