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LOVE is a jazz song with a text by the music producer Milt Gabler and a melody by the German composer and orchestra conductor Bert Kaempfert .

After an instrumental version had already appeared on Bert Kaempfert's album Blue Midnight in 1964 , the American singer and musician Nat King Cole was the first to record the song with the lyrics by Milt Gabler. Cole's music album of the same name was released in 1965 (a few days before he had to be hospitalized for lung cancer ) and reached number 4 on the US Billboard charts . Nat King Cole also recorded the piece in French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian.


In addition to the recording by Nat "King" Cole and the instrumental version by Bert Kaempfert, the following cover versions exist :



The beginning of the text describes an acrostic : a letter and an "element" of love is named, which begins with one of the four letters from "love". This is how the word "Love" comes about.

L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can love

The text continues with the following words:

Love is all that I can give to you
Love is more than just a game for two
Two in love can make it
Take my heart and please don't break it
Love was made for me and you

The German text in Nat King Cole's version is as follows:

L means love me and the world is mine
I means I always want to be with you
E means to think forever
B means giving flowers
The last thing left is because the whole word is love
Love has been around for many years
Under L in my dictionary
But for a few days
I don't need to look it up anymore
Because I only love you alone!

Harmony and melody

The song is based on a fairly simple harmony sequence that includes the tonic , dominant , subdominant and double dominant functions .

The first phrase of the melody ("L is for the way you look at me", starting tone g ) is first set one level lower ("O is for the only one I see", starting tone f sharp ), then two levels higher ("Two in love can make it “, beginning tone h ). The melody for the phrase “Love was made for me and you” starts again with g , but ends differently than before, as the melody leads back to g .


In the first part of the song, Cole's singing is accompanied by a rhythm section with piano , drums , double bass and guitar , and strings are added in the second verse (“Love is all that I can give to you…”). A trumpet solo , supported by big band blowers, follows, then Cole starts again, now in A major.

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