AQUELLOS OJOS VERDES

Latest update on 30/07/2010

Artist: Adolfo Utrera-Nilo Menéndez-Ernesto Lecuona
Author: Nilo Menéndez/Adolfo Utrera
Label: Rico Salazar
Year: 1929

One year later also for the Cumbia label. Spanish for These Green Eyes. The first famous bolero. Written for gorgeous Conchita Utrera, one of the authors' sister and girlfriend of the other. See also: Maria La O.

Covers:

1929:

Antonio Machín

1930:

Maria Cervantes [in Havana]

1930:

Juan Arvisu

1931:

Don Azpiazu & His Havana Casino Orch. [vocal: Chick Bullock; first version as Green Eyes; English lyrics: Eddie Woods & E. Rivera]

1934:

Eduardo Castellanos

1934:

Jane Froman [in the Ziegfeld Follies]

1935:

Alfredo Brito

1937:

Xavier Cugat [with author Menéndez on piano]

1941:

Jimmy Dorsey [as Green Eyes; vocal: Helen O'Connell & Bob Eberle; n°1 US]

1941:

Gene Krupa [idem]

1941:

Anita O'Day [idem]

1942:

Don Barreto

1947:

Desi Arnaz [instrumental]

1955:

Ravens

1962:

Ray Conniff

1966:

Spotnicks

1999:

Ibrahim Ferrer [with the Buena Vista Social Club]

Don Azpiazu conducted the first authentic Cuban band on Broadway, a decade before Dizzy Gillespie's Afro Cuban jazz craze.

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