If Love Were All

Summary

"If Love Were All" is a song by Noël Coward, published in 1929 and written for the operetta Bitter Sweet.[1][2] The song is considered autobiographical, and has been described as "self-deprecating" as well as "one of the loneliest pop songs ever written".[2][3][4]

Ivy St. Helier introduced the song on stage and also performed it in the 1933 film version of Bitter Sweet.

In June 2009, an Off-Broadway play of the same name about Coward's relationship with Gertrude Lawrence premiered at Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City.[5]

Reception

"If Love Were All" has been described as "self-deprecating" as well as "one of the loneliest pop songs ever written".[3][4] Rod McKuen considers the song to be among the "truly great" songs about "entertaining from the entertainment point of view".[6]

Cover versions

Cover versions appear on Judy Garland's Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961),[7] as a B-side to Pet Shop Boys' "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" single and on the album Alternative (1995),[8] Rufus Wainwright's Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (2007) and Milwaukee at Last!!! (2009),[9] and also on Sarah Brightman's The Songs That Got Away (1989). In the latter part of her life, Garland often included "If Love Were All" in her concert and television repertoire.[10]

Other notable recordings:

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b Hoare, Philip (1998). Noel Coward: A Biography. University of Chicago Press. p. 204. ISBN 9780226345123. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (December 4, 1999). "Celebrating A Spirit Most Blithe". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (February 2, 1983). "Pop-Jazz Series: '12 Days of Torme and Friends'". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Gurewitsch, Matthew (June 6, 1999). "Twiggy and Noel Coward Take One More Turn". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  6. ^ Wilkie, Jane (May 5, 1973). "Seven Years on the Road Results in the Emergence of Rod McKuen's Musical Empire". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 85 (18): RM3–RM4. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  7. ^ "Judy at Carnegie Hall". Allmusic. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "Alternative". Allmusic. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  9. ^ Friedman, Roberto (September 3, 2009). "Book marks". Bay Area Reporter. San Francisco, California: Benro Enterprises. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  10. ^ Fricke, John (2003). Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote. Hachette Digital. p. 15. ISBN 9780821228364. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
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