♫ A Lover’s Concerto ♫

A few night ago, when I was searching for that Four Seasons song … no, no, don’t worry, I promise I am not about to play another by the Four Seasons tonight … I came across one that I had long since forgotten, but it struck a chord and I’ve had it in my head, off and on, ever since!  Do you guys remember a group called The Toys?  Though I remember this song well, I do not recall ever hearing of The Toys!!!  Senility has, obviously, set in.  I blame it all on Donald Trump.

A Lover’s Concerto is a pop song written by American songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, who wrote some of the Four Seasons’ biggest hits, and recorded in 1965 by the Toys. A Lover’s Concerto sold more than two million copies and was awarded gold record certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Critic Dave Thompson wrote of the Toys’ version, “Few records are this perfect. Riding across one of the most deceptively hook-laden melodies ever conceived …”  I don’t know that I would go that far, but it is a pretty decent song.

The melody was adapted from Minuet In G,  a composition written by Christian Petzold. Minuet In G is often thought to be by Johann Sebastian Bach because it was included in a book of sheet music kept by Bach’s wife Anna Magdalena.

As re the origins of the song, Denny Randell explains …

“In those days, I used to see a lot young girls, and they would like to write poetry of sorts. So I wanted this to be basically a romantic poem, and I came up with the title, which also reflected the classical background of ‘A Lover’s Concerto.’ I just felt that it could work, I just had this feeling about it, even though it is not generally the way you write songs and hooks. The title was the combination of the feeling of both the lyric and the music. And it worked.”

And it did work … the song hit #1 in both the U.S. and Canada, and #5 in the UK.

A Lover’s Concerto
The Toys

How gentle is the rain, that falls softly on the meadow;
Birds high upon the trees serenade the flow’rs with their melodies.

Oh, see there beyond the hill, the bright colors of the rainbow;
Some magic from above made this day for us, just to fall in love.
How gentle is the rain, that falls gently on the meadow;
Birds high upon the trees serenade the flow’rs with their melodies.

Oh, see there beyond the hill, the bright colors of the rainbow;
Some magic from above made this day for us, just to fall in love.
You’ll hold me in your arms, and say once again you love me;
And if your love is true, ev’rything will be just as wonderful.
You’ll hold me in your arms, and say once again you love me;

Songwriters: Sandy Linzer / Denny Randell
A Lover’s Concerto lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

19 thoughts on “♫ A Lover’s Concerto ♫

  1. It probably won’t surprise you to know I loved this song. It wasn’t Motown but it was close. It did surprise me at the time that I never heard of the Toys again though as most successful groups usually have a follow up.. I’ll tell you one thing I didn’t like though, this video to accompany the music shows it’s OK for teddy bears to be in love and plenty of white people but though there are some pictures of the girls themselves not one picture of black people in love.
    Cwtch

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    • It doesn’t surprise me, but I wasn’t sure if you would like it or not. Apparently the Toys didn’t stay together too long … about 7 years, I think, until 1868. Y’know … I didn’t even notice that about the video, but you’re right! If I had noticed, I might have opted for a different video, for there were a few of this same song. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll try to be more observant next time, and I wish I had noticed it this time.
      Cwtch

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  2. When this song first came out, as popular as it was, I could not stand it. The singing voices were so high I could not understand one word of it. I’m okay with it now, having learned the words over the years, but I just find it amazing how much music depends on one’s ability to hear it. This one, soft as it was, made me grate my teeth.

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    • Y’know, as I was setting this post up last night, I thought to myself, “Jerry won’t like this one” … but I’m glad it didn’t still make you grate your teeth. Yes, it’s in our perception, and as we’ve discussed before, our perceptions change with time, age, and experience.

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  3. It was the summer of ’65 and the 45 rpm single was soon worn out and just as soon replaced. It also appeared on The Toys one and only album “The Toys Sing A Lover’s Concerto and Attack” released in 1966…no longer played due to age and wear, but saved! I no longer recall how long the group of three singers lasted, less than a decade for sure…but they had this song that has withstood the test of time. Dare I mention that this song has been recorded by various artists, most notably (to me at least) by The Supremes in their early 1966 album “I Hear a Symphony”, although it was “My World is Empty Without You” that later became my most played song. That said, I still feel that the song belongs to The Toys both then and now. Thank-you!

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    • I believe I read last night that they lasted 7 years and disbanded in 1968. It’s funny that I remembered this song, but not the group. But then, my memory is turning to sand these days anyway. I’m so glad you liked the song! And I wasn’t aware the Supremes had done it! It was late when I was prepping this one last night, I was tired and frustrated, so i didn’t spend as much time on it as I sometimes do.

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  4. Jill, I had no idea what song you were talking a out until I saw it was a female group and read the first line. It is a very nice song, much needed during the turbulent times of its release. Keith

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