Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Maria Elena"

OK, back to the 40's: Mexican composer Lorenzo Barcelata dedicated this '32 pop classic to the then First Lady of Mexico. With English lyrics by Bob Russell, it was first recorded in '41 by Lawrence Welk. The best-loved version was released by Jimmy Dorsey later that same year. With "Green Eyes" as its B-side, BOTH songs topped the charts individually, a VERY rare occurrence. It was "revived" in '58 by Los Indios Tabajaras peaking at #6 Pop and #3 Easy Listening.

Yesterday's answer: "The Summer Wind".

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