♫ The Look Of Love ♫

I am a fan of Latin music, and a big fan of Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, and this is one of my favourites of theirs.  I did not even know that Dusty Springfield had recorded it at all, let alone that hers is the more well-known.

According to Burt Bacharach, who wrote this song …

“I had Dusty sing that very sexy. Dusty was very open to suggestions. To listen to the vocal back with her she’d have to go into a control room to hear it. She wanted to hear it alone. She was very tough on herself. But she did a great job.”

The Look Of Love was written by Bacharach for the movie Casino Royale. It was nominated for an Oscar but didn’t win, and Springfield’s version reached only the #22 slot in the U.S.  The cover by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, however, did become a #4 hit in the US in 1968 after Mendes performed this on the Academy Awards telecast.

Now, since my favourite version hands down is Sergio’s, I shall play it first, but I will also include Dusty Springfield’s for those who prefer it.

The Look Of Love
Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66/Dusty Springfield

The look of love
Is in your eyes
A look your smile can’t
disguise

The look of love
Is saying so much more than
Just words could every say
And what my heart has heard
Well it takes my breath away

I can hardly wait to hold you
Feel my arms around you
How long I have waited
Waited just to love you
Now that I have found you

You’ve got the look of love
It’s on your face
A look that time can’t erase
Baby be mine, tonight

Let this be just the start of
So many nights like this
Let’s take a lovers vow
And seal it with a kiss

I can hardly wait to hold you
Feel my arms around you
How long I have waited
Waited just to love you
Now that I have found you

Don’t ever go
Don’t ever go
I love you so
The look of love

Let this be just the start of
So many nights like this
Let’s take a lover’s vow
And baby we’ll seal it with a kiss

I can hardly wait to hold you
Feel my arms around you
How long I have waited
Waited just to love you
Now that I have found you

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Burt Bacharach / Hal David
The Look Of Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

29 thoughts on “♫ The Look Of Love ♫

  1. They both have their own merits. It would depend on the day which version I would prefer. Having said that, if Dusty could have been convinced to sing for Sergio, the record may have hit No. 1 all over the world, or it may equally have bombed. Good digging, Jill.
    And now for a little bit of “Love is Blue” by Paul Mariat and his Orchestra. (Can you believe country music star Marty Robbins covered Love is Blue once it was given lyrics. Jill, you will never know the magical musical mystery tours you take me on just by bringing forgotten songs back to my attention. I still have one more song to go on this present tour, The Ballad of El Paso, but I figured I best finish this comment before I am forcibly removed from this mellowsweet mood. Just by reason of nothing, The Ballad of El Paso was the inspiration for my first one-panel cartoon: Imagine a posse of deputies chasing Marty Robbins through the desert, bullets flying all around, when the horse has a flash of realization and throws on his brakes, causing Marty Robbins to fly ass-over-teakettle over his head. The caption reads, “Why in the hell am I dodging bullets? I didn’t kill nobody!)

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    • I’m like you in that … it depends sometimes on my ‘mood of the moment’ which version of any given song, or which song, even, I might prefer. Dusty has done a number of songs I really like, but for this one, it’s always Sergio for me. Dusty tries just a little too hard for the sexy, sultry sound here.

      I am so happy knowing that my music posts take you on ‘magical musical mystery tours’. I find that they do the same for me … I am rediscovering old favourites, songs I’ve long forgotten about.

      I love the cartoon image!

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          • Damn, where were you then? My whole life coulda been changed. But, I prefer me the way I am today. I have no real regrets, except failing to live up to the way certain people hoped I could be, like my first ever fiance. If she is still alive I would “owe her an amends” despite never having been an alcoholic or a drug addict. I was certainly a “Linda-aholic, ” and that turned out a bad thing to be.

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            • I guess I was otherwise occupied! Raising children, trying to get an education, juggling! Sorry … but you did okay anyway! Fame and fortune might have changed you. Yes, being too reliant on any one person is a recipe for disaster, as we’ve both learned.

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