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“L’amour est bleu” (English title: “Love Is Blue”)

“L’amour est bleu” (English title: “Love Is Blue”) is a song whose music was composed by André Popp, and whose lyrics were written by Pierre Cour, in 1967. Brian Blackburn later wrote English-language lyrics for it. First performed in French by Greek singer Vicky Leandros (appearing as Vicky) as the Luxembourgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1967, it has since been recorded by many other musicians, most notably French orchestra leader Paul Mauriat, whose familiar instrumental version (recorded in late 1967) became the only number-one hit by a French lead artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 in America.

The song describes the pleasure and pain of love in terms of colours (blue and grey) and elements (water and wind). The English lyrics (“Blue, blue, my world is blue …”) focus on colours only (blue, grey, red, green, and black), using them to describe components of lost love. The English version by Vicky Leandros also appeared as “Colours of Love” in some locations including the UK.

Mauriat version

In late 1967, Paul Mauriat conducted/recorded an orchestral “easy listening” version that was a number-one hit in the USA for five weeks in February and March 1968, becoming the only performance by a French artist ever to top the Billboard Hot 100 until 2017 when Daft Punk (with Canadian artist The Weeknd) topped the chart with “Starboy”. Its five-week run at the top was second longest of any instrumental of the Hot 100 era next to 1960’s “Theme from A Summer Place”. It became a gold record. Not surprisingly, the song spent 11 weeks atop Billboard’s Easy Listening survey, and held the longest-lasting title honours on this chart for 25 years. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 2 song for 1968. It is the best-known version of the song in the United States. The Mauriat recording also reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. The Mauriat album containing “Love is Blue”, “Blooming Hits” also reached #1 on the Billboard Top Lps and Tapes chart for five weeks.

Mauriat’s version was featured repeatedly in an episode of Chris Carter’s television series Millennium titled “A Room with No View”, which originally aired on 24 April 1998 on the Fox Network. During the episode, the omnipresent melody is used by a kidnapper to brainwash a group of youths. His version is also briefly heard in The Simpsons episodes “There’s No Disgrace Like Home” and “The Blue and the Gray.” It was played over the closing credits of Mad Men’s sixth-season episode “The Flood”, which takes place during April 1968.

Other covers[edit]
Al Martino’s “Love is Blue” peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in 1968, and was the title song of one of his 1968 albums.
Jeff Beck recorded a “rock” interpretation of Mauriat’s version in 1968. It reached No. 23 on the UK Singles Chart.
Bing Crosby (on his 1968 album Thoroughly Modern Bing)
Claudine Longet’s “Love Is Blue (L’Amour Est Bleu)” peaked at No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968.
The Sandpipers recorded a French version on their 1968 album Softly.
The Dells recorded a soul medley, “I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love Is Blue”, which reached No. 22 in the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 in the Billboard R&B Singles charts in the US, and No. 15 in the UK charts, in 1969.
Marcia Hines covered the song on her Marcia Hines Live Across Australia album. 1978
Symphonic metal band Therion covered this song on its 2016 EP “Les Epaves”.