Song of the Day: Andy Williams, “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story”

Author and screenwriter Erich Segal would be 84 today (he died in 2010). Segal’s best-known work was 1970’s Love Story, which was later turned into a movie starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal. The theme song for the movie was written by Francis Lai and was recorded as an instrumental because Paramount Pictures didn’t like the original lyrics. Carl Sigman wrote a new set of lyrics and the song was released by Andy Williams in 1971. It reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart and #9 on the Hot 100.

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Andy Williams, “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story”

  1. My wife and I watched Love Story last year during lockdown. She’d seen it before and still loved it. I had avoided it in the past. It was okay–what I expected–but I can’t say that I loved the movie. The song is lovely though.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. This is a great musical piece which I love more as just the instrumental although Andy does such a great job..how could he not? This movie made me not want to touch sugar for a month. Rich guy meets poor girl, daddy disagrees..screw daddy. Oops girl gets sick. Ughhhh…. what the hell about “love means never having to say you’re sorry?” Screw that!

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    1. I never saw the movie, but I skimmed the book. The song is much better, either the instrumental or the vocal by Andy Williams. I think Tony Bennett covered it, too…

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  3. OMG I remember crying my eyes out over this movie. Except I never got the part about “Love means you never have to say you’re sorry.” Ryan O’Neal – so handsome!

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