Our Winter Love

"Our Winter Love" is an instrumental composition by Johnny Cowell, which was a hit single for Bill Pursell. Pursell's version was recorded in 1962,[1] and was released as a single in January 1963.[2]

"Our Winter Love"
Single by Bill Pursell
from the album Our Winter Love
B-side"A Wound Time Can't Erase"
ReleasedJanuary 1963
Recorded1962
GenreEasy listening
Length2:22
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Johnny Cowell
Producer(s)Don Law & Frank Jones

Bill Pursell versionEdit

While the Bill Pursell version is largely an instrumental, primarily piano with strings, some riffs are vocalized by a chorus of female and male singers. While it wasn't intended to be a Christmas song, some easy listening and adult contemporary radio stations have the Bill Pursell version on their Christmas music playlists.

Chart performanceEdit

"Our Winter Love" spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1963, peaking at No. 9 on March 30,[3] while reaching No. 4 on Billboard's Middle-Road Singles chart,[4][5] No. 20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart,[6][7] No. 12 in Australia,[8] and No. 25 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade.[9] Bill Pursell's version was ranked No. 54 on Billboard's end of year ranking "Top Records of 1963".[10]

Chart (1963) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 9
US Billboard Middle-Road Singles 4
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 20
Australia - Music Maker[8] 12
Canada - CHUM Hit Parade 25

The Lettermen versionEdit

In 1966, The Lettermen released a version, with lyrics written by Bob Tubert.[11] This vocal version spent 4 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967, peaking at No. 72,[12] while reaching No. 16 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[13][14] No. 12 on Record World's "Top Non-Rock" chart,[15] and No. 91 on Canada's "RPM 100".[16]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 72
US Billboard Easy Listening 16
US Record World Top Non-Rock 12
Canada - RPM 100 91

Other versionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Reviews of New Singles", Billboard, December 1, 1962. p. 26. Accessed July 31, 2016.
  2. ^ M.C. ANTIL (November 9, 2010). "Song of the Day:<"Our Winter Love"".
  3. ^ Hot 100 - Bill Pursell Our Winter Love Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Adult Contemporary - Bill Pursell Our Winter Love Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Middle-Road Singles", Billboard, March 30, 1963. p. 40. Accessed July 31, 2016.
  6. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Bill Pursell Our Winter Love Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Hot R&B Singles", Billboard, April 13, 1963. p. 24. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Billboard Hits of the World", Billboard, June 8, 1963. p. 31. Accessed July 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade - Week of January 7, 1963. Chart Number 302". CHUM. Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  10. ^ "Top Records of 1963", Billboard, Section II, December 28, 1963. p. 30. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Wood, Herb. "Nashville Scene", Billboard, December 24, 1966. p. 43. Accessed August 1, 2016.
  12. ^ Hot 100 - The Lettermen Our Winter Love Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Adult Contemporary - The Lettermen Our Winter Love Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Easy Listening", Billboard, February 18, 1967. p. 16. Accessed August 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "Record World's Top Non-Rock", Record World, February 18, 1967. p. 32. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "RPM 100", RPM Weekly, Volume 6, No. 25, February 18, 1967. Accessed August 1, 2016.
  17. ^ "Dot: The Nation's Best Selling Records", Billboard, September 28, 1963. p. 23. Accessed August 1, 2016.