Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?is a beautiful and well-loved song that was written in 1995 by the great Canadian singer songwriter Bryan Adams with the assistance of Michael Kamen and Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The song was recorded by Brian Adams for the film Don Juan DeMarco starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando. The melody of Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman is used as a musical motif throughout the film. The song is featured three times in the movie, performed twice in Spanish by other artists, and finally played during the closing credits with a Brian Adams performance, leaving audiences enraptured. The Adams version of the song, which features flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, is featured on the soundtrack album and also on the album 18 til I Die.

I really loved this song from the first moment!

Recorded for my El Toro album in 2012, this live music video is one of my first, and was shot in Spain during a European tour in 2011! I chose to record the song because it moved me from the moment I first heard it! The beautiful vocals of Brian Adams and his use of harmony to enhance the melody were key to the magic the song created. Then of course was the stroke of genius to use Paco de Lucia to record the guitar solo on the track! My challenge and inspiration then became to take this beautiful vocal melody and reproduce its magic on guitar as an instrumental showcase with a lyrical melody!

Recorded by Bryan Adams for the film “Don Juan DeMarco”

The song was nominated for a Grammy, Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Song. The songwriting team earned themselves their second Oscar nomination for the song which spent a glorious five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, at the number one position which was also the third number one song for Adams, Kamen and Lange.

The love of a man for his woman tells a great story

I’ve always loved performing the song, which sits perfectly on the Spanish guitar, and always elicits a great response from the audience. I play this song with the genuine emotion I feel, which comes through in my performance I think! It is a great song which tells a great story – the love of a man for his woman! I hope you enjoy listening to my Spanish guitar version Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman which you can purchase directly on my website. I really hope you enjoy this exciting piece of music and other tracks on the El Toro album.

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“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” performed live in Europe by Vincenzo Martinelli – a Brian Adams classic from the movie, “Don Juan de Marco”