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I Wish You Love By Léo Chauliac & Charles Trenet & Notable Covers

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“I Wish You Love” is a timeless love song that has been covered by numerous artists over the years. Originally recorded by Gloria Lynne in 1964, the song’s poignant lyrics and beautiful melody have made it a favourite among singers and listeners alike. In this article, we will explore the history of the song, its lyrics, and some of the most notable covers by famous artists.

“I Wish You Love” is a popular song with music by Léo Chauliac and French lyrics by Charles Trenet. The English lyrics, written by American songwriter Albert Beach, were added later. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Nat King Cole.

I Wish You Love Lyrics

I wish you bluebirds in the spring

To give your heart a song to sing

And then a kiss but more than this

I wish you love

And in July a lemonade

To cool you in some leafy glade

I wish you health and more than wealth

I wish you love

My breaking heart and I agree

That you and I could never be

So with my best, my very best

I set you free

I wish you shelter from the storm

A cosy fire to keep you warm

But most of all when snowflakes fall

I wish you love

My breaking heart and I agree on

That you and I could never be

So with my best, my very best

I set you free

I wish you shelter from the storm

A cosy fire to keep you warm

But most of all when snowflakes fall

I wish you love

I wish you love

I wish you love

I Wish You Love by June & Gordon

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The song “I Wish You Love” has been a favourite closing tune for June throughout her musical career. It is a versatile song that can be adapted to different musical styles and is a great way to connect with the audience after a live performance. The song’s bittersweet but ultimately joyful goodbye message is conveyed through its vocal introduction. The EP version of the song has a Bistro/jazz feel, with violinist Nick Coventry adding a Parisian touch to honour the song’s French origin.

In 1971, June and Gordon met and immediately connected through their compatible singing talents. Over the years, they sang together across the US, from Maine to California, at various clubs, concerts, and studios with intermittent breaks between meetings. Despite these periods apart, their voices consistently merged seamlessly.

June Bisantz 

June Bisantz

June Bisantz, a singer and visual artist, has co-created and produced numerous original vocal jazz albums that have received national acclaim. She has performed and recorded with esteemed jazz musicians such as Steve Swallow, Bob Moses, Paul Brown, Lew Soloff, Jerry Neiwood, Mike Stern, Jon Burr, Steve Davis & Will Lee during her global tours.

Her work has appeared in People Magazine, USA Today, Downbeat, Jazziz Magazine, Jazz Podium Magazine, Jazz USA, New York Newsday, The Boston Globe and the New York Times. Her music can be found under the Pausa and Nova labels in Los Angeles; Alpha Records in Japan; and Arabesque Records in New York.

Gordon Morrell 

Gordon Morrell

Gordon Morrell has been adept at multitasking since his days as an Education PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the 1970s. Throughout his career’s many transitions, music has remained a constant passion. He started playing piano and Hammond organ at age five before advancing to ukulele and guitar.

During the influential 70s, he shifted from electric to acoustic guitar, acquiring a Martin and later an Ovation guitar that he still plays today. Despite numerous stylistic and instrumental changes, Morrell’s vocal skills and remarkable harmonizing have distinguished him as a valuable leader and bandmate. His easygoing demeanour, genuine style, and natural connection with audiences make him an engaging and enthralling performer.

I Wish You Love by Léo Chauliac & Charles Trenet

Genre: Jazz Traditional pop music

Label: Capitol

Producer: Voyle Gilmore

“I Wish You Love” boasts an intriguing backstory. Originally composed by Charles Trenet, it was recorded multiple times in France throughout the 1940s before Albert Beach created an English adaptation. The song was covered by various artists, including Dean Martin, Chet Baker, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Mathis. Gloria Lynne’s rendition became a Top 40 hit in 1964, cementing “I Wish You Love” as a member of the esteemed “standards” category.

Charles Trenet


Louis Charles Augustin Georges Trenet, a celebrated French singer-songwriter, crafted music and lyrics for almost 1,000 songs throughout his 60-year career. Notable works include “Boum!”, “La Mer,” and “Nationale 7.”

Léo Chauliac

leo chauliac

Léo Chauliac, born Léon Chauliac, was a renowned French jazz pianist, composer, and conductor. Active as a jazz pianist in the 1930s, he accompanied singer Charles Trenet from 1941 to 1943 and composed numerous popular songs for him.

Other notable covers – I Wish You Love

Nat King Cole 

Nancy Simone 

Frank Sinatra 

What is the history of I Wish You Love?

“I Wish You Love,” a song adapted from Charles Trenet’s French piece, “Que reste-t-il de nos amours?” features French lyrics by Trenet himself. The English version, penned by Albert Beach, was originally performed by Roland Gerbeau (French) in 1943 and Keely Smith with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra (English) in January 1957.

Summary of I Wish You Love

i wish you love

In conclusion, “I Wish You Love” is a timeless classic that has captured the hearts of listeners for decades. The song’s poignant lyrics and beautiful melody have inspired countless musicians to cover it, resulting in a rich and diverse collection of notable renditions. Whether you prefer the original French version or a cover like the amazing rendition from June & Gordon, “I Wish You Love” is a song that will continue to resonate with audiences for generations to come.

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