Paul Francis Webster

po_Webster-Paul-FrancisPaul Francis Webster (December 20, 1907 – March 18, 1984) was an American lyricist who won three Academy Awards for Best Song and was nominated sixteen times for the award.

Songs by Paul Francis Webster that won the Academy Award for Best Original Song

  • “Secret Love” (1953)
  • “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” (1955)
  • “The Shadow of Your Smile” (1965)

Nominated for the award

  • “Remember Me to Carolina” (1944)
  • “Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)” (1956)
  • “April Love” (1957)
  • “A Certain Smile” (1958)
  • “A Very Precious Love” (1958)
  • “The Green Leaves of Summer” (1960)
  • “Love Theme from El Cid (The Falcon and the Dove)” (1961)
  • “Tender Is the Night” (1962)
  • “Love Song From Mutiny on the Bounty (Follow Me)” (1962)
  • “So Little Time” (1963)
  • “A Time for Love” (1966)
  • “Strange Are The Ways of Love” from the film The Stepmother (1972)
  • “A World that Never Was” from the film Half a House (1976)

Songs winning Grammy Awards for best song of the year

  • “The Shadow of Your Smile” (love theme from The Sandpiper, 1966)

Other songs with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster

  • “Anastasia” (1956)
  • “Ballad Of The Alamo” (1960)
  • “April Love” (1957)
  • “Baltimore Oriole”
  • “Beloved” (1954)
  • “Billy-A-Dick” (1945)
  • “Black Coffee”
  • “The Black Hills Of Dakota”
  • “Blowing Wild (The Ballad Of Black Gold)” (1953)
  • “Boy on a Dolphin”
  • “The Brown-Skin Gal in the Calico Gown” (1941)
  • “A Certain Smile” (1958)
  • “Chocolate Shake” (1941)
  • “Days of Love” (1967)
  • “The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away!)”
  • “Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief”
  • “The First Snowfall”
  • “Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)” (1956)
  • “Guns of Navarone” (1961)
  • “How Green Was My Valley” (1957)
  • “How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies!”
  • “I Got it Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” (1941)
  • “I’ll Remember Tonight”
  • “I’ll Walk with God” (1954)
  • “Invitation” (1952)
  • “Jump for Joy”
  • “Just Blew in from the Windy City” (1953)
  • “The Lamplighter’s Serenade” (1942)
  • “Like Young” (1958)
  • “The Loveliest Night of the Year” (1950)
  • “Man on Fire”
  • “Masquerade” (1931)
  • “Maverick”
  • “The Mood I’m In” (co-written with Pete King)
  • “My Moonlight Madonna”
  • “Padre”
  • “Rainbow on the River” (1936)
  • “Rio Bravo” (1959)
  • “Somewhere My Love” (1966) (The lyrics, which are Webster’s original work, are sung to the melody of “Lara’s Theme” from the film Doctor Zhivago) (needs citation)
  • “Summertime in Heidelburg” (1954)
  • “The Song Angels Sing” 1951
  • “Song of Green Mansions (1959)
  • “The Song of Raintree County” (1957)
  • “Spider-Man” (1967)
  • There’s a Rising Moon (1954)
  • There They Are
  • “There’s Never Been Anyone Else But You”
  • “Too Beautiful To Last” (1971)
  • “The Twelfth of Never”
  • “Two Cigarettes in the Dark” (1934)
  • “Virgins Wrapped in Cellophane” (1932)
  • “Veni Vidi Vici”
  • “Who Are We?”
  • “A Woman’s Touch” (1953)
  • “The Winds of Chance” (1969)
  • “You Was”