Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet

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"Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet"
Single by Henry Mancini
from the album A Warm Shade of Ivory
B-side "The Windmills of Your Mind"
Released May 1969
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Length 2:29
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Nino Rota
Producer(s) Joe Reisman
Henry Mancini singles chronology
"Wait Until Dark"
"Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet"
"Theme from "Love Story"

"Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet", also known as "A Time for Us", is an instrumental arranged by Henry Mancini (from Nino Rota's music written for Franco Zeffirelli's film of Romeo and Juliet, starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey). It was a number-one pop hit in the United States during the year 1969. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on June 28, 1969, and remained there for two weeks; it was also his only Top Ten single on that chart.[1]

Rearranged by Mancini, the song started competing with rock and roll songs from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones on an Orlando, Florida radio station and spread from there. It faced stiff opposition from some radio stations for being too soft. Those stations had to change their mind when the song became number one, ending the five-week run of "Get Back" by the Beatles as the top song.[1]

This release also topped the U.S. easy listening chart for eight weeks where it was Mancini's sole number one on the chart.[2]


There are two different sets of English lyrics to the song. The film's version is called "What Is a Youth?", featuring lyrics by Eugene Walter, and sung by Glen Weston. This version has been released on the complete score/soundtrack release. An alternate version, called "A Time for Us", featuring lyrics by Larry Kusik and Eddie Snyder. This version has been recorded by Johnny Mathis and Andy Williams, among others. Josh Groban performed "Un Giorno Per Noi", an Italian version of "A Time for Us". Finnish lyrics were written by a well-known Finnish composer Lasse Mårtenson under a pseudonym cover. Song was arranged by another well-known composer Aarno Raninen. Finnish singer Seija Simola presented it first time in 1969 on a TV show and published in 1971 on a LP "Rakkaustarina".[3] The song has been very popular in Finland and several Finnish artists have covered it after Simola.[4][better source needed]

A third version is called "Ai Giochi Addio", featuring lyrics by Elsa Morante, and has been performed by opera singers including Luciano Pavarotti and Natasha Marsh.

See also


  1. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits - revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 255. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 154.
  3. ^ "Original versions of Kun aika on by Seija Simola - SecondHandSongs". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ fi:Kun aika on
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