Valentine’s Day countdown: Singer Keely Smith’s favorite love song


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Whether you need just one more track to finish off your ironically sappy mix for your sweetheart or are searching for a tune to soothe the pain of a Valentine gone wrong, we’ve got you covered.

For the next eight days, we’re sharing the favorite love song from eight musicians who are about to perform in Los Angeles. First up the singer Keely Smith, who has her reasons for selecting the classic “All The Way” (music by Jimmy Van Heusen and words by Sammy Cahn.)


‘Because of Frank Sinatra [with whom Smith had an affair; she recorded the song], but I’m not going to go into it. I like what the song says: When somebody loves you, it’s not good unless he loves you all the way. That’s pretty strong. Love is beautiful I would never describe it as tragic. If you’re in love, it’s the most wonderful feeling in the world. The guy doesn’t have to be in love with you. It would help if you were very serious about it for him to love you but you can always just have a crush.’

Above is Sinatra’s version and here is Smith’s:

Smith performs in concert Sunday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Check back with Culture Monster every day through Feb. 14 for a new selection.


Keely Smith on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

-- Marcia Adair