GRANADA

Latest update on 11/01/2016

Artist: Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado
Author: Agustin Lara
Label: Victor
Year: 1933

Cut in Buenos Aires with the Orquesta Radio Splendid. Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado was the most important South American tenor of his time and a compatriot of Lara. Dr. Ortiz Tirado was a real physician, counting Agustin Lara (and Frida Kahlo!) among his patients. So he received this composition first-handed. It's a paso doble written as an ode to the Spanish city. Mexican Lara also wrote one for Toledo, Seville and Madrid. Reason enough for generalissimo Franco (who was fan) to offer him a house in Granada in '65. See also: Solamente Una Vez, Farolito and Piensa En Mi.

Covers:

1938:

Harry Horlick Orch.

1940s:

Pedro Vargas [both him and Alfonso Ortiz attended the same singing courses while studying medicine in Mexico City]

1941:

Gray Gordon Tic Toc Rhythm

1944:

Andres Segovia

1944:

Xavier Cugat [vocal: Carlos Ramirez in film Two Girls & A Sailor]

1948:

Tito Guizar [in film The Gay Ranchero]

1949:

Mario Lanza [international hit in '51]

1951:

Bing Crosby [first version in English; lyrics: Dorothy Dodd]

1951:

Owen Bradley

1953:

Frankie Laine [hit US & UK]

1953:

Peter Anders [hit B]

1954:

Vico Torriani [n°1 GER]

1954:

Caterina Valente

1956:

Perez Prado

1957:

Claudio Villa [hit It]

1958:

Esquivel

1958:

Percy Faith

1958:

Four Freshmen

1960:

Connie Francis

1961:

Frank Sinatra [hit UK]

1961:

Ben E. King

1961:

Machucambos

1963:

Edmundo Ros

1963:

Shadows

1963:

Trini Lopez

1964:

Jerry Vale

1965:

Tornados

1967:

Paco de Lucia

1969:

Hugo Winterhalter

1971:

James Last

1977:

Baccara

1978:

Luisa Fernandez

1993:

Tania Maria

1994:

José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti & Placido Domingo

1997:

Helmut Lotti

1997:

Gato Barbieri

2002:

André Rieu

2005:

Semino Rossi

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