PALOMA, LA

Latest update on 17/07/2014

Artist: Ferrucio Giannini
Author: Sebastián Yradier
Label: Berliner
Year: 1896

Habanera written in 1859 while on a world tour with diva Adelita Patti, inspired by rhythms witnessed in La Havana. Popularity started in 1864 in Mexico, where newly established Emperor Maximilian named it his favorite tune and even requested to hear it as his last will before being executed three years later. The tune became a local hit among the masses as Adios Mama Carlota (Charlotte was the name of the Empress); lyrics were credited to president in exile Benito Juarez. See also the comments with versions by Erich Wolfgang Korngold ('39) and Eugenia Leon ('06). Yradier never realized how popular his song would be (he died in 1865). On the German Trikont label at least three volumes came out in the series La Paloma, One Song For All World (Mit La Paloma um die Welt). Oldest version there: a barrel-organ from Vienna (1893).

Covers:

1898:

Arturo Adamini [on Edison]

1899:

Musique de la Garde Républicaine

1900:

Emilio De Gogorza [for Victor]

1901:

Blanca Del Carmen [on Zonophone]

1902:

Edison Symphony Orchestra

1905:

Prof. Mosè Tapiero [on ocarina]

1905:

Banda de Zapadores de Mexico

1912:

Edison Concert Band

1914:

Six Brown Brothers

1919:

Orquesta Valdez (Mexico)

1923:

Castillians

1928:

Amelita Galli-Curci

1928:

Ernesto Lecuona

1931:

Richard Tauber

1935:

Beniamino Gigli

1937:

Lecuona Cuban Boys

1938:

Xavier Cugat

1938:

Jelly Roll Morton [part of his Spanish tinge theory adressing Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress]

1939:

Joseph Schmidt

1939:

Erich Wolfgang Korngold [in film Juarez about Don Benito Juarez, the first president of Mexico following the overthrowing of the Empire, a process boosted by this song]

1944:

Hans Albers [in film Grosse Freiheit #7]

1957:

André Popp

1958:

Schriebl & Hupperts

1958:

Billy Vaughn [n°1 GER]

1958:

Jack Costanzo

1959:

Freddy Quinn [n°1 GER]

1960:

Perez Prado

1960:

Orchids [as La Paloma Twist]

1961:

Ral Donner [as To Love]

1961:

Elvis Presley [as No More]

1962:

Chubby Checker [as La Paloma Twist]

1963:

Dean Martin

1963:

Connie Francis

1963:

Jokers

1965:

Liberace

1973:

Mireille Mathieu [as La Paloma Ade (Adieu); n°1 GER]

1983:

Carla Bley [in film Mortelle Randonnée]

1983:

Julio Iglesias

1991:

Charles Et Les Lulus [vocal: Arno]

1995:

Wendy Van Wanten [as Verborgen Verdriet]

1997:

Arno [à la Française]

1997:

Helmut Lotti

2006:

Eugenia Leon [Mexican passionaria; Version Juarista, close to the popular protest version of 1866 in the streets of Mexico City, welcoming Don Benito Juarez]

In 1997 a remarkable version surfaced on the cd Ng'ambo - The Other Side Of Zanzibar by the Kidumbak Kalcha orchestra. According to old people from Zanzibar this tune is traditionally their own. How it came to Europe? Possibly with members of the sultan's orchestra. Since the 1840's he employed Egyptian, Turkish and south European musicians. That's how Yradier might have heard it in Spain, or he encountered the tune on one of his many world travels.

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