PASSION FLOWER

Latest update on 17/12/2009

Artist: Fraternity Brothers
Author: Pat Murtagh/Bunny Botkin/Gilbert Garfield
Label: Verve
Year: 1957

White doowop novelty mixing Beethoven's Fur Elise melody (see: Fur Therese) with a tango rhythm. B-side of A Nobody Like Me and clearly more popular in France and Japan. These Brothers were coauthors Gilbert Garfield and Bunny Botkin, ex leadsinger of The Cheers (see: Black Denim Trousers). They also cut a Spanish version as Flor Pasionaria.

Covers:

1958:

Diamonds

1959:

Dalida [as Tout L'Amour; hit Fr]

1959:

Dario Moreno [idem]

1959:

Georges Gomand [idem]

1959:

Danyel Gerard [idem]

1959:

Line Renaud [as Passion Passion; rip-off of Tout L'Amour according to the writers]

1959:

Caterina Valente & Silvio Francesco [as Rote Rosen werden bluhn]

1959:

Peanuts [n°1 Japan as Jounestu No Hana]

1973:

Anne Sylvestre [as Lettre ouverte à Elise]

1977:

Veronika Unlimited [tune of Fermez la Porte]

1988:

Au Bonheur Des Dames [as Tout L'Amour]

2000:

Whitney Houston & Deborah Cox [as Same Script, Different Cast]

2003:

Philippe Corti [as Un Dur, un vrai, un tatoué]

2004:

Double You [as Jounestu No Hana]

Not to be confused with Billy Strayhorn's Passion Flower for Duke Ellington. In 1948 Armand Mestral released Aux derniers rayons de soleil d'or on the same melody (La Voix de son Maître) with Jacques Larue lyrics.

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