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"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).


"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] and became a major chart hit. (A competing version by Dinah Shore also achieved popularity.) The second version was recorded for Reprise Records on October 11, 1965.[2] The Capitol version would later be used as the theme song for the long-running 1980s/1990s sitcom Married... with Children.[3]

Although both versions were arranged by Nelson Riddle, 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." 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 would later be 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 - a bassoon playing the final two notes, a B 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.


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