Friday, May 6, 2011

"Tango (Tzigane) Jalousie" by Jacob T. H. Gade.

OK, more 20's one-hit wonders: This Danish composer/violinist wrote his only "hit" in '25 as piano accompaniment to "Don Q. Son Of Zorro", a silent movie featuring Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Astor. Inspired after reading about a crime of passion in the newspaper. First recorded by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops. Ever since then it has been featured in over 100 "talkie" movies, most famously Mel Brooks' '76 "Silent Movie". Composer? "Hit"?

Yesterday's answer: "(My) Melancholy Baby". Hence the popular 60's catch-phrase "Do you know 'Melancholy Baby'?".

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