OK, more 70's: This '73 B. W. Stevenson/Daniel Moore composition peaked at #9 pop, #1 adult contemporary and spent 12 wks. in the Top 40. Killer guitar by Larry Carlton! Brooks and Dunn's '96 cover peaked at #1 in the Country charts, was named Song Of The Year and won them the Grammy for Best Country Performance By A Vocal Group Or Duo.
Yesterday's answer: "Vesti La Giubba" from Rugg(i)ero Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci". How do you choose but, in my book, NOBODY does it like Mario Lanza. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkN2C6kWOAo No doubt about it, it's been satirized - no respect, no respect! From Dan Rogers: "Ah, my kind of useless trivia: it is the "Vest of the Guppy," from the opera Pagliacci. Some snobs call it "Vesti la giuppi," but what do they know? For those who love fine music, Pagliacci also inspired Homer and Jethro, part of the Spike...". From Prof. Alberto Rodriguez (Papa Dios): "The aria is Vesti la giubba and the composer is Leoncavallo. In Italian, Vesti la giubba means get dressed with your special costume. You could say that it means get into your uniform. Leoncavallo fue el más animal de todos los compositores. "