Songwriter Johnny Mercer tried his hand at writing lyrics for Johnny Mandel's theme for the film 'The Sandpiper', but they were rejected by the film's producer. At Mercer's suggestion, lyricist Paul Francis Webster then took a crack at it. The haunting song that resulted won an Academy Award ( the first for Mandel and the third for Webster ) and a Grammy, and became the most recorded and performed song of 1965. It is still a favourite everywhere.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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