Love Letters in the Sand

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"Love Letters in the Sand"
Released1931 (1931)
Composer(s)J. Fred Coots
Lyricist(s)Nick Kenny, Charles Kenny
"Love Letters in the Sand"
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone.jpeg
Single by Pat Boone
ReleasedApril 1957
GenreTraditional pop
Songwriter(s)J. Fred Coots, Nick Kenny and Charles Kenny
Producer(s)Billy Vaughn
Pat Boone singles chronology
"Why Baby Why"
"Love Letters in the Sand"
"Remember You're Mine"

"Love Letters in the Sand" is a popular song first published in 1931. The music was written by J. Fred Coots and the lyrics by Nick Kenny and Charles Kenny. Ted Black and His Orchestra, with vocalist Tom Brown, had the first major hit recording of the song in 1931. The song was "inspired" by an 1881 composition, "The Spanish Cavalier" by William D. Hendrickson.


  • In 1931, the song was recorded separately by Gene Austin, Lee Morse, and American dance band Ted Black and His Orchestra, with "Vocal refrain by Tom Brown".[1]
  • Pat Boone's version became a major hit in June and July 1957, spending 5 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 100, with 34 weeks in total on the chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1957.[2] In Canada, the song spent two weeks at number one.[3] The song was used in Boone's 1957 film Bernardine. Boone did the whistling in the instrumental portion of the song as well. The song originally had a short instrumental introduction, but most versions begin with Boone's voice.
  • Kenneth W. Griffin also released an organ discography in 1957, featuring the song, in his album, "Love Letters in the Sand".
  • Johnny Dorelli recorded a Jazz version on his 1957 album “Dance With...”
  • Bob Eberly released a version on his Spanish-oriented album Bob Eberly Con Enoch Light Y Su Orquesta in 1957, sung in English but subtitled Cartas De Amor En La Arena.
  • Andy Williams released a version on his 1959 album, Two Time Winners.
  • Bill Haley and His Comets recorded a version on the 1960 covers album Bill Haley and His Comets.
  • Leroy Van Dyke released a version on his 1961 album, Movin' Van Dyke.
  • The English singer, Vince Hill, reached #23 in the UK Singles Chart in 1967, with his cover version of the track.[4]
  • Tom T. Hall's version reached #79 on the U.S. Country chart in 1986.
  • Little Willie Littlefield recorded a version for his 1990 album Singalong with Little Willie Littlefield.
  • Sixpence None the Richer recorded a version for their 1996 album Tickets for a Prayer Wheel.

See also[]


  1. ^ "Ted Black and his Orchestra "Love letters in the sand" 1931". YouTube. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1957
  3. ^ "CHUM's Top 10, June 24, 1957". CHUM Tribute Page. 1957-06-24. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 253. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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