The Godfather Theme is an American song by Andy Williams composed by Nino Rota with lyrics by Larry Kusik, taken from the soundtrack to the movie The Godfather. Rota had already used this musical theme in a 1958 film, Fortunella, which prevents the soundtrack from competing in the Oscar for best film music in 19721. Speak Softly Love is reproduced, with some modifications, in the soundtrack of the Godfather 2 in 1974, which this time receives the Oscar. Speak Softly Love has become a standard, taken up by many artists. Andy Williams’ version sold more than 500,000 copies, becoming a gold record in 19722.