Love and Marriage

Love and Marriage

"Love and Marriage" is a song with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen. It is published by Barton Music Corporation (ASCAP).


  • Frank Sinatra versions 1
  • Other versions 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Frank Sinatra versions

"Love and Marriage" was introduced by Frank Sinatra in the 1955 television production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town that aired on Producers' Showcase. Sinatra went on to record two versions of the song. The first was recorded for Capitol Records on August 15, 1955,[1] released on the 1956 album This Is Sinatra!, and became a major chart hit. (A competing version by Dinah Shore also achieved popularity.) The second version was recorded for the Reprise Records album A Man and His Music on October 11, 1965.[2] The Capitol version was later used as the theme song for the long-running 1987–97 Fox TV sitcom Married... with Children.[3]

Although both versions were arranged by Nelson Riddle,[4] there are many slight but noticeable differences. For instance:

  • In the Capitol version, the opening lyrics are "Love and marriage. Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage."[4] In the Reprise version, the opening lyrics are "Love and marriage. Love and marriage. They go together like a horse and carriage."
  • The Capitol version includes a crescendoing instrumental bridge which was later played over the closing credits of Married... with Children. This bridge is missing from the Reprise version.
  • In the Reprise version, Sinatra ends the song by saying (not singing) "No, sir." The ending of the Capitol version is an instrumental version of "Shave and a Haircut" with a bassoon playing the final two notes solo – a C flat and a B flat. (Traditionally, when played in B major, the last two notes of "Shave and a Haircut" are an A natural and a B flat.)

In 1956, "Love and Marriage" won the Emmy for Best Musical Contribution from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Other versions

  • Included in Peggy Lee 1961 Capitol T-1475 LP album Olé ala Lee.[5]
  • The tune was used in broadcast advertisements for Campbell Soup ("soup and sandwich, soup and sandwich, have your favorite Campbell's soup and sandwich...")
  • Used in a broadcast ad for Kellogg's Fruit 'n Fibre breakfast cereal.
  • American ska punk group Less Than Jake covered the song in 2010 for their EP of television theme song covers, TV/EP.
  • It was used as the theme song for the sitcom Married... with Children.
  • The tune with modified lyrics was used in the 1970s to advertise Ban brand roll-on antiperspirant.


  1. ^ Welding, Pete: Sinatra 80th: All the Best (CD) liner notes, copyright 1995 by Capitol Records, catalog number CDP 7234 8 35952 2 8
  2. ^ Kennedy, William: Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years (CD) liner notes, copyright 1991 by Reprise Records, catalog number 26501-2
  3. ^ "Married with Children" at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b   Track 3.
  5. ^

External links

  • Love and Marriage performed by the Hungarian swing group Cotton Club Singers on YouTube
  • Jimmy Van Heusen Website