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"Beyond the Sea" is a 1945 contemporary pop romantic love song by Jack Lawrence, with music taken from the song "La Mer" by Charles Trenet.

"La Mer"
La Mer, Charles Trenet, musical score edited in France, 1946.jpg
Cover of musical score published in France in 1946.
Song by Charles Trenet
Released1946
Songwriter(s)Charles Trenet
Composer(s)Charles Trenet, Albert Lasry

Trenet had composed "La Mer" (which means "the Sea") with French lyrics. It had some differences to the English-language version that Lawrence later wrote. Trenet's French version was a homage and ode to the changing moods of the sea, while Lawrence, by just adding one word "Beyond" to the title, gave him the start whereby he made the song into a love song.[1]

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VersionsEdit

"Beyond the Sea"
 
Single by Bobby Darin
from the album That's All
B-side"That's the Way Love Is"
ReleasedOctober 1959
RecordedAugust 24, 1958
GenreBig band
Length2:48
LabelAtco 6158
Songwriter(s)Jack Lawrence/Charles Trenet
Bobby Darin singles chronology
"Mack the Knife"
(1959)
"Beyond the Sea"
(1959)
"Clementine"
(1960)

"Beyond the Sea" has been recorded by many artists, but Bobby Darin's version released in late 1959 is the best known by many, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 15 on the US R&B Chart, and No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] in early 1960.

Before Bobby Darin's, two recordings reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Benny Goodman's version charted in 1948, and was featured in the Cary Grant/Betsy Drake romantic comedy Every Girl Should Be Married. Roger Williams' recording reached No. 37 in 1955.[3]

Deana Martin recorded Beyond the Sea in 2013. The song was released on her album, Destination Moon, in 2013 by Big Fish Records.

American R&B singer George Benson recorded an R&B version of the song under the title "Beyond The Sea (La Mer)." It was released on Warner Bros. This version entered the UK Singles Chart on 20 April 1985. It reached a peak position of no. 60 and remained on the chart for three weeks.[4]

The first recording of Beyond the Sea was by Harry James and His Orchestra on December 22, 1947 and the first recording of La Mer was by French jazz musician Roland Gerbeau in December 1945.

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In popular cultureEdit

Bobby Darin's recording has been used in films, TV shows, and video games, including:

Kevin Spacey sang the song in the film Beyond the Sea, a biopic about Bobby Darin, in a "fantasy" sequence leading up to his marriage to Sandra Dee.

Robbie Williams sang a version in the closing credits of Finding Nemo.

"Beyond the Sea" is the third episode of Generator Rex, the tile character meets a pretty E.V.O. girl called Circe and the two soon forge a connection.

In Bob's Burgers, Teddy (Larry Murphy) performed this song over the end credits.

This song is used in the trailer for the 2018 film The Meg.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Schudel, Matt (March 18, 2009). - "Composer's Hits Helped Singers Such as Sinatra". - The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Beyond the Sea (La Mer) (song by Bobby Darin) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  3. ^ "Beyond the Sea (La Mer) (song by Roger Williams) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  4. ^ Rice, Tim; Rice, Jonathan; Gambaccini, Paul (1990), Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness World Records and Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-398-8
  5. ^ "20/20 - George Benson | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  6. ^ "Pablo Bubar". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  7. ^ "London-based Musical Director, Conductor, Pianist, Singer and Vocal Coach". Ross Leadbeater. Retrieved 2014-01-29.

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