The Glory of Love

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About The Glory of Love

"The Glory of Love" is a song written by Billy Hill, recorded by Benny Goodman in 1936, whose version was a number one pop hit. Subsequently, the song has been recorded by a vast number of artists, ranging from Dean Martin to Jimmy Durante to Paul McCartney. Bette Midler included the song in her film Beaches (1988) and it appears in the soundtrack recording. In 1951, R&B vocal group, The Five Keys, had their biggest R&B hit with their version of the song, hitting number one on the R&B chart for four non-consecutive weeks. Although The Five Keys recording sold a reported million copies, pressed recordings are very rare. 


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You've got to give a little,
Take a little,
Let your poor heart break a little.
That's the story of,
That's the glory of love.

You've got to laugh a little, 
Cry a little,
Let the clouds roll by a little.
That's the story of,
That's the glory of love.

As long as there's the two of us,
We've got the world and all it's charms.
And when the world is through with us,
We've got each other's arms.

You've got to win a little,
Lose a little, 
Oh, have the blues a little.
That's the story of,
That's the glory of love.

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Benny Goodman

Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader; widely known as the "King of Swing". more »

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Written by: Billy Hill


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