Let There Be Love


Let There Be Love (m. Lionel Rand, w. Ian Grant) – I have yet to find any information about this pair of songwriters other than each of them is known only for this song. Discogs.com, for example, lists many albums on which work buy Lionel Rand appears, all of them containing various versions of Let There Be Love. No bios or articles yet found on either of them.

Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocal: Bob Eberly – 18 April 1940


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Peggy Lee – 1952


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Nat King Cole –  Judging by the stage set and Cole’s attire, this clip seems to be from the BBC Special An Evening With Nat King Cole, but I haven’t found a set list. Instrumental accompaniment by the Ted Heath Orchestra. The date of that program is in question. IMDb gives a release date of 21 September 1963 (UK), but about the broadcast date a Youtube provider (gazsirodoki) says:

The BBC Television made a TV special with Nat King Cole in England in April or May, in 1962, not in 1961 as it’s written on the back of the dvd box. This is the well known colorized version which was released on dvd in 1995 and a few years later again.

At about 1:43 Cole says, in reference to the mellow arrangement or his piano style, I guess, “George [Shearing] stole this from me.”


Nat King Cole and George Shearing –   from the album Nat King Cole sings / George Shearing plays: with the Quintet and String Choir 1962


Annie Ross and Gerry Mulligan – from the 1958 Annie Ross LP Sings a Song with Mulligan! — Annie Ross: vocal, Gerry Mulligan: baritone sax, Chet Baker: trumpet, Henry Grimes: bass, Dave Bailey: drums


Julie London with the Bobby Troup Quintet (Troup sitting out) — from  “The Julie London Show,” taped on 28 May 1964 in Japan


Cilla Black held by Billy J. Kramer and Gerry Marsden, with other members of the Dakotas and the Pacemakers

Cilla Black with the Dudley Moore Trio 1965



Andy Williams with guests Diana Ross and the Supremes – The Andy Williams Show – 22 January 1967


Natalie Cole and Johnny Mathis — Evening at Pops, 18 July 1987


Natalie Cole 1993


Laura Fygi at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2003


Chris Botti featuring Michael Bublé



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bruno Schuch
    Dec 11, 2010 @ 04:34:23

    Im loving this blog. What a great gift i found this today.!



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