Mexican baritone and actor. The female composer was also Mexican. Opening line came from Spanish opera Goyescas (1916) by Enrique Velasquez, more precisely from aria La Maja y el Ruiseñor (The Girl And The Nightingale), inspired by a painting of Francisco Goya (see footnote).
Trio Servando Diaz [vocal trio from Cuba for Victor in Puerto Rico]
Johnny Rodriguez [in New York for Decca]
Jimmy Dorsey [n°1 US; vocal: Bob Eberle & Kitty Kallen; English lyrics: Sunny Skylar]
Andy Russell [hit US]
Marie-Jose [in French]
Lucho Gatica [best remembered Spanish version]
Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé [hit B]
Coasters [instrumental B-side starring King Curtis inspired the Jet Harris version]
Jet Harris [Shadows bassist; hit UK]
Beatles [with Pete Best]
Apollo 100 [as instrumental; ripping off Jet Harris' version; hit NL]
Christophe [as Dernier baiser]
Natalie Cole [with Andrea Bocelli]
Yoonie Han [plays Granados' Goyescas on Steinway piano]
Goyescas was inspired by the paintings of Goya but didn't receive the success it deserved. The opera was created in Paris in 1914, but the première was cancelled when WW I broke out. So the creation was postponed and moved to the Metropolitan in New York, where it was first staged in 1916, with composer Granados and a cast of famous European singers. Their triumph was well deserved but short: on the way back their ship was torpedoed by the Germans along the coast of France. A few survived, but Granados sank like a stone. As paper money was a risky currency in war circumstances, he had been paid in full gold in America, which he probably kept around his waist.