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"A Sunday Kind of Love" is a popular song composed by Barbara Belle,[a] Anita Leonard,[b] Stan Rhodes,[c] and Louis Prima and was published in 1946.[1]


The song has become a pop and jazz standard, recorded by many artists. The song was first recorded by Claude Thornhill and his Orchestra on November 11, 1946. He released the song as a single in January, 1947[2] and it became permanently identified as the signature song for its vocalist, Fran Warren.[3] Louis Prima and his Orchestra released his recording of the song in February 1947. The popularity of the up-tempo version by The Del-Vikings released in 1957 increased the song's popularity. Despite having wide acclaim, the song never made the Billboard Top 40.[4]

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  1. ^ Barbara Belle (née Belle Einhorn; born 1922) is a producer, publisher, theatrical manager, and songwriter. She was married to Lee Newman (né Leon Lee Newman; 1912–1987)
  2. ^ Anita Leonard (née Anita Rothblum; born 1922) married – on November 29, 1948, in the Bronx – comedian actor Louis Nye (1913–2005). She earned a bachelor of science in music from NYU. She studied piano with Modena Scovill Lane (1892–1981), Bruno Eisner (1884–1978) (ru), and Herman Wasserman (1895–1957). She studied composition with Otto Cesana (1899–1980), and Wallingford Riegger. At The New School, she studied acting with Stella Adler. Her chief collaborators included Barbara Belle, Evelyn Caroll, Chocky Fair (Charles B. Fair), and Marshall Barer. Her stage-name, "Leonard," was the given name of her brother, Leonard Rothblum (1916–2001). (ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, 1980)
  3. ^ Stan Rhodes (né Stanley Wayne Rhodes; 1924–1984) copyrighted over 80 songs under the name Stan Rhodes.


  1. ^ Jacobs, Dick & Harriet Jacobs – Who Wrote That Song?, Writer's Digest Books, 1993
  2. ^ "Original versions of A Sunday Kind of Love written by Anita Leonard, Barbara Belle, Louis Prima, Stan Rhodes". Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  3. ^ Heather Phares (2000-10-10). "The Complete Fran Warren with Claude Thornhill - Fran Warren | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  4. ^ Gribin, Anthony; Schiff, Matthew (2014). The Top 1000 Doo-Wop Songs: Collector's Edition. Ttgpress. p. 69. ISBN 9780982737651. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Jukebox Hits of the '50s [Collectables] | 90431012420 e". Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  6. ^ "The Marcels - Sunday Kind Of Love (Song)". eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 10 July 2015.

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