A Lover's Concerto (The Toys)

3 JANUARY 1966


New York girl group The Toys enjoyed the biggest hit of their career with this song in late 1965, and it was still high in the charts at the start of 1966, reaching #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (and #1 on Cashbox), and #5 in the UK.

The melody was based on Minuet in G major by 18th-century composer Christian Petzold. That had been popularised in the 1940s by bandleader Freddy Martin under the title 'A Lover's Concerto'. The songwriters Linzer and Randell simply added the lyrics and gave it a slight Motown lilt.

This proved to be the Toys only Top Ten hit and the group disbanded in 1968.

B-side: 'This Night'
Released: 24 August 1965
Highest chart position: #5 (UK), #2 (US)
Length: 2:36
Producers: Linzer and Randell

A Lover's Concerto (The Toys)

'How gentle is the rain
That falls softly on the meadow,
Birds high up the trees
Serenade the clouds 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

Now, I belong to you
From this day until forever,
Just love me tenderly
And I'll give to you every part of me.

Oh, don't ever make me cry
Through long lonely nights without us.
Be always true to me,
Keep this day in your heart eternally.

One day we shall return
To this place upon the meadow.
We'll walk out in the rain,
See the birds above singing once again

Oh, you hold me in your arms,
And say once again you love me,
And if your love is true,
Everything will be just as wonderful.

You'll hold me in your arms,
And say once again you'll love me,
And if your love is true,
Everything will be just as wonderful.'