A Lover's Concerto

"A Lover's Concerto" is a pop song written by American songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, based on the 18th century composition by Christian Petzold, "Minuet in G major", and recorded in 1965 by the Toys. "A Lover's Concerto" sold more than two million copies and was awarded gold record certification by the RIAA.[1]

"A Lover's Concerto"
A Lover's Concerto - The Toys.jpg
Single by The Toys
from the album The Toys Sing "A Lover's Concerto" and "Attack!"
B-side"This Night"
ReleasedAugust 1965 (US)
October 1965 (UK)
GenrePop
Length2:36
LabelDynoVoice
Songwriter(s)Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell, Christian Petzold
Producer(s)Linzer and Randell
The Toys singles chronology
"A Lover's Concerto"
(1965)
"Attack!"
(1966)

Their original version of the song was a major hit in the United States and United Kingdom (among other countries) during 1965. It peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 2.[2] It was kept out of the number 1 spot by both "Yesterday" by The Beatles and "Get Off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones.[3] "A Lover's Concerto" reached number 1 both on the US Cashbox chart (Billboard's main competitor), and in Canada on the RPM national singles chart. It peaked at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

HistoryEdit

Linzer and Randell used the melody of the familiar "Minuet in G major" (BWV Anh. 114), which first appeared in J.S. Bach's Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach.[2] The only difference is that the "Minuet in G major" is written in 3
4
time
, whereas "A Lover's Concerto" is arranged in 4
4
time
. Although often attributed to Bach himself, the "Minuet in G major" is now generally accepted as having been written by Christian Petzold.[5][6][7]

The melody had been popularized by bandleader Freddy Martin in the 1940s, in a recording that was released under the title "A Lover's Concerto".[8]

Critic Dave Thompson wrote of the Toys' version: "Few records are this perfect. Riding across one of the most deceptively hook-laden melodies ever conceived ... 'A Lover's Concerto' marks the apogee of the Girl Group sound."[2] The song also had an unusual structure that blurred the differences between its verses and choruses.[2]

The lyrics begin:

How gentle is the rain
That falls softly on the meadow,
Birds high up in the trees
Serenade the clouds with their melodies

Chart historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 198. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ a b c d Dave Thompson. "A Lover's Concerto - The Toys | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. 1965-10-30. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 563. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ Wolff, Christoph (2001). "Bach. III. 7. Johann Sebastian Bach. Works". In Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan.
  6. ^ Williams, Peter F.. 2007. J.S. Bach: A Life in Music, p. 158. Cambridge University Press.
  7. ^ Schulenberg, David. 2006. The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach, p. 522 and elsewhere.
  8. ^ [1] Archived December 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1965-10-25. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  10. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search lever". www.flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved Dec 4, 2020.
  11. ^ "The Toys: Singles". Officialcharts.com. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  13. ^ a b "1969: The Top 100 Soul/R&B Singles". RateYourMusic. Retrieved Dec 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 10/23/65". tropicalglen.com. Retrieved Dec 4, 2020.
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  16. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1965". Archived from the original on May 10, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2019.