JALOUSIE, TANGO TSIGANE

Latest update on 03/06/2019

Artist: Jacob Gade
Author: Jacob Gade
Year: 1925

Also known as Tango Jalousie, in English as Jealousy (lyrics: Vera Bloom - 1931). Danish piano and violin player Jacob Gade introduced his piece in the Palads Theater in Copenhagen during the Danish première of silent movie Don Q, Son Of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks. Used in many other movies and television productions ever since: Paris In Spring ('35), City For Conquest ('40), Anchors Aweigh ('45), Romance On The High Seas ('48), Flamingo Road ('49), Painting The Clouds With Sunshine ('51), Sea Chase ('55), Bombers B52 ('57), Death On The Nile ('78), Atole ('91), Schindler's List ('93) and The Full Monty ('98). No wonder it's the most popular Danish tune ever. Royalties feed a foundation under Gade's name, sponsoring young local talent.

Covers:

1930s:

Orchestre Sacha Petroff [violin solo: Miska]

1935:

Xavier Cugat

1935:

Boston Pops Orch. [as Jealousy for Victor; first millionseller of an orchestra piece; solist: Arthur Fiedler; English lyrics: Vera Bloom]

1940:

Vera Lynn [as Jealousy; wartime hit]

1945:

Kathryn Grayson [idem in film Anchors Aweigh]

1951:

Frankie Laine [idem; n°3 US]

1955:

Harry James

1955:

Caterina Valente

1956:

Gordon MacRae

1961:

Billy Fury [n°2 UK as Jealousy]

1996:

Kaare Norge [transcription for spanish guitar]

According to the Performing Rights Society, Tango Jalousie is one of the most performed pieces of music in the world. Every minute of the day someone plays it somewhere. Only Yesterday scores higher. It earned Olympic skating champions Jamie Salé & David Pelletier their gold medal in Salt Lake City (2002).

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