Song Lyric Sunday | “Beauty and the Beast” – Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Big/Large/Little/Small/Tall/Tiny.

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Reaching number nine on Billboards Hot 100, Beauty and the Beast, the theme song from the 1991 Disney animated movie of the same name, not only was an unexpected hit, but it returned the animation company to the pop charts after more than a thirty-year absence.

Disney first recruited solely Dion to record a radio-friendly version of it in order to promote the film. However, the studio was concerned that the then-newcomer would not attract a large enough audience in the United States on her own, so they hired the more prominent Bryson to be her duet partner.

Dion and Bryson’s recording session at The Power Station was filmed and later interpolated with various scenes from the film in order to create the music video.

FUN FACTS:

  • Dion was hesitant to record Beauty and the Beast because she had just recently been fired from recording the theme song of the animated film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991). Powerhouse Linda Ronstadt would get the job.
  • The song garnered the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 49th Golden Globe Awards in January 1992.
  • The American Film Institute ranked Beauty and the Beast 62nd on the organization’s list of the 100 greatest songs in film history. Beauty and the Beast is one of only four songs from Disney animated films to have appeared on the list.
  • Essentially, the song describes the relationship between its two main characters Belle and the Beast, specifically how the couple has learned to accept their differences and in turn change each other for the better. Additionally, the song’s lyrics imply that the feeling of love is as timeless and ageless as a “tale as old as time”.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Beauty and the Beast

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

6 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Beauty and the Beast” – Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion

  1. As a big Beauty and the Beast fan (I used to watch the movie every day in elementary school), the theme song never old. It is such a classic. But the thing I love about the movie is what you said in your post: “the couple has learned to accept their differences and in turn change each other for the better”. It such an inspiring movie!

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  2. Felecia that is such an important message about being able to accept your differences and change for the better. This is really a lovely song and there is nothing little or small about it.

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