A Lover’s Concerto” is a pop song written by American songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and recorded in 1965 by The Toys (photo). Their version of the song was a major hit in both the United States and the UK during 1965. It peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #2.

Linzer and Randell based the melody on the familiar “Minuet in G major” (BWV Anh. 114) from J.S. Bach‘s Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. Although often attributed to Bach himself, the “Minuet in G major” is now believed to have been written by Christian Petzold. The Notebook, a gift from Bach to his second wife Anna, begins with works by Bach, but also included many blank pages, onto which members of the family copied works that they liked to play; the famous minuets in G major and G minor are not in Bach’s handwriting.

In subsequent years, “A Lover’s Concerto” has been recorded by numerous other artists, including Perrey and Kingsley, The Fleetwoods, Tight Fit, Cilla Black, The Pearls, The Lennon Sisters, The Delfonics, Sarah Vaughan, The Supremes, Doyle Lawson, Mrs. Miller, Audrey Hall, The Peanuts, and Kelly Chen. The American singer Neil Sedaka recorded an Italian-language version, “Lettera Bruciata”.

Source: Wikipedia

The Toys

The Supremes

Original song – Bach:

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