When was it recorded? Jul. 16, 1963
When was it first released, and on which album? Nov. 30, 1994 on “Live at the BBC”
Who wrote it? Michael Theodorakis & William Sansom
Have I heard this song before? No
What my research dug up:
(It’s bothering me this song was alphabetized by “the” and not “honeymoon.”)
Greek composer Michael “Mikis” Theodorakis wrote the aptly titled “The Honeymoon Song” for Michael Powell’s 1959 film “Luna de Miel,” or “Honeymoon.” Theodorakis is regarded as Greece’s best-known living composer, having written over 1000 songs and scoring the films “Zorba the Greek” and “Serpico.” The English lyrics were written by William Sansom (no, that’s not a typo).
In the film, Italian musician Marino Marini performed “The Honeymoon Song” with his Quartet.
Seems like an odd choice for the Beatles, no? According to the Beatles Bible, “The song appealed to Paul McCartney, who was a big fan of kitsch cinematic showtunes.” His covers of “A Taste of Honey” and “Till There Was You” are testaments to that statement.
“‘The Honeymoon Song’ was Marino Marini, an Italian and his backing group. They used to appear on telly and the greatest thing about them was they had a volume pedal! ‘The Honeymoon Song’ wasn’t a big hit but I liked it, thought it was a nice tune. I was the force behind that, the others thought it was a real soppy idea, which I can see now!” — Paul McCartney (Mark Lewisohn, The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions)
The Beatles recorded “The Honeymoon Song” once, for BBC Radio’s “Pop Go the Beatles.” Recorded Jul. 16, 1963, the track was first broadcast Aug. 6, 1963, and appeared on 1994’s “Live at the BBC.”
It’s nice for something different but not a song I’ll ever listen to all day every day.