What I Did for Love (A Chorus Line)

"What I Did for Love" is a song from the musical A Chorus Line (music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban). It was quickly recognized for its show-business potential outside Broadway and was picked up by popular singers to include in their performances in their club and television appearances. Both female and male singers have made it an inclusion in their recorded albums to great effect.[1] The Daily Telegraph described it as a "big anthem".[2]

Synopsis within A Chorus LineEdit

In the penultimate scene of the production, one of the dancers has suffered a career-ending injury. The remaining dancers, gathered together onstage, are asked what they would do if they are told they can no longer dance. Diana Morales, in reply, sings this anthem, which considers loss philosophically, with an undefeated optimism; all the dancers concur. Whatever happens, they will be free of regret. What they did in their careers, they did for love, and their talent, no matter how great, was only theirs "to borrow", was to be only temporary and would someday be gone. But the love of performing is never gone. They are all pointed toward tomorrow.

Notable versionsEdit

Marcia Hines' versionEdit

"What I Did for Love"
Single by Marcia Hines
from the album Ladies and Gentlemen
B-side"A Love Story"
ReleasedJune 1977
RecordedTrafalgar Studios, Sydney, 1977
GenrePop music
LabelMiracle Records
Songwriter(s)Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban
Producer(s)Robie Porter
Marcia Hines singles chronology
"(Until) Your Love Broke Through"
"What I Did for Love"

Marcia Hines recorded and released a version as the lead single from her third studio album, Ladies and Gentlemen (1977). The song peaked at number 6 on the Kent Music Report, becoming Hines' third top 10 single in Australia.

Track listingEdit

7" Single (MS-507)
  • Side A "What I Did for Love" - 3:15
  • Side B "A Love Story" (Robie Porter) - 3:31


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1977) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[10] 6

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1977) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[10] 41
Australian Artist Kent Music Report[10] 5


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  2. ^ Charles Spencer, "A Chorus Line, London Palladium, review", The Telegraph, 20 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Beverly Bremers - What I Did For Love / You're Precious To Me - Columbia - USA - 3-10180". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
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  10. ^ a b c David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992"