Kelly's contribution on the record is relatively minor, duetting with Crosby on only the final chorus. Nonetheless, the single is co-credited to her and became her only gold record. It was Crosby's 21st gold record.’
‘True Love’ is the name of a yacht on which two of the characters honeymoon in the play ‘The Philadelphia Story’, on which the musical is based. Bing Crosby later owned a 55-foot Constellation yacht which he named the ‘True Love’.
Other versions of the song were covered by Jane Powell, Richard Chamberlain, Nancy Sinatra, George Harrison, Shakin’ Stevens, Elton John and Kiki Dee, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson The Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline Connie Francis and the short-lived band of the 80s, Oasis.
When I first saw Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby duet this song together in their film ‘High Society’ in the 1950s, I was awe struck by the combination of having the most beautiful woman in the world duet with the most beautiful crooner of all time. That was the moment I fell in love with Grace’s face and Bings mellow voice. I recall thinking then, “How magical it would be to be able to sing with the beautiful Grace in my arms, gazing lovingly into my eyes”.
But that was then, in the mid-50s, when there were no such things as mobile phones, computers, and lap tops with inner microphones and a station called ‘You Tube’ which could be used by any imaginative old man to conjure up whatever backing music or even famous singer to sing along with!
So, today, Bing can sit this little number out while Bill and Grace explain the meaning of ‘True Love’ together.
Love and peace Bill xxx