My song today is the favourite song of her late husband (Uncle Tom). Like all three of my late mother’s brothers, Uncle Tom lived in the Forde household in West Yorkshire for a few years when he moved across from his homeland of Ireland to seek a more prosperous life in England. Uncle Tom was always a good singer and I grew up hearing him sing the same song every day. That song was ‘When I Fall in Love’.
When Uncle Tom met Kathleen, he wooed her, wed her, and took her home to their matrimonial abode in Cleckheaton. The couple would frequent their local Working Men’s Club every Saturday night, where Uncle Tom would often be coaxed to get up and sing a song. The number he sang was always the same song; the song he sang regularly to his Kathleen, ‘When I Fall in Love’.
My song today is ‘When I Fall in Love’. This was a popular song that was written by Victor Young (music) and Edward Heyman (lyrics). It was introduced in the film, ‘One Minute to Zero’ and Jeri Southern sang on the first recording released in April 1952. The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it over the years but is mostly associated with Nat King Cole, whose recording reached Number 2 in the ‘UK Singles Chart’ in 1957.
Have a smashing day, Aunt Kathleen, and enjoy the company of your two sons and their family. I will never hear ‘When I Fall in Love’ without bringing both you and Uncle Tom to mind. Love from your nephew, Billy Forde and Sheila xx
Love and peace Bill xxx