MEXICALI ROSE

Latest update on 16/02/2014

Artist: International Novelty Orch.
Author: Helen Stone/Jack Tenney
Label: Victor
Year: 1923

Instrumental as Rosa de Mexicali, only in Canada and Mexico.

Covers:

1923:

Lewis James [for OKeh]

1924:

Castlewood Marimba Band

1924:

Bar Harbor Society

1925:

Carlyle Stevenson

1928:

King Queen & Jack

1935:

Gene Autry [in '39 also in film Mexicali Rose]

1938:

Bob Wills

1938:

Bing Crosby

1948:

Johnny Bond

1958:

Billy Vaughn

1958:

Hank Locklin

1959:

Carl Mann

1959:

Teresa Brewer

1959:

Slim Whitman

1961:

Karl Denver [hit UK]

1961:

Bob Moore

1961:

Burl Ives

1963:

Jim Reeves

1974:

Jerry Lee Lewis

1975:

Slim Whitman

1998:

Deke Dickerson

2007:

Riders In The Sky

Mexicali is a Mexican border town across Calexico on the Cali-side in the Baja California. Prohibition came to Calexico twenty years earlier than elsewhere in the United States, making Mexicali a boomtown for saloons, gambling, prostitution, horse racing and finish boxing. When the Southern Pacific Railroad branched from Imperial to Calexico in 1904, Mexicali became like a blueprint for Las Vegas. Bars became bigger and better equipped. Piano players were urged to assemble whole bands. One of them was Jack Tenney, who even provided his own tunes. One of his waltzes gave its melody to Mexicali Rose. Was there a real one? Some claim a dance hall girl (Rose Erskine) inspired the song. Tenney remembered a boarding house lady from Brawley who came down to Mexicali every month to drink, cry and forget. Tenney left Mexicali, went to law school and became a California State legislator in 1936.

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