April in Portugal (song)
|"April in Portugal"|
|("The Whisp'ring Serenade", "Coimbra")|
|Music by||Raul Ferrão|
|Lyrics by||Raul Ferrão
|Recorded by||Les Baxter, Richard Hayman, Freddy Martin, Vic Damone|
|Performed by||Amália Rodrigues|
"April in Portugal" is a popular song, also named "The Whisp'ring Serenade." The music and lyrics were written by Raul Ferrão as a fado named "Coimbra", about the city of that name in 1947. English lyrics written by Jimmy Kennedy were set to the music, though many of the most popular versions of the song were instrumentals. It is one of the signature songs of Portuguese singer and fadista Amália Rodrigues.
- The Les Baxter recording was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2374. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 28, 1953 and lasted 22 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.
- The Richard Hayman recording was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70114. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on April 25, 1953 and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #12.
- The Freddy Martin recording was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5052. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on May 9, 1953 and lasted 3 weeks on the chart, peaking at #15.
- The Vic Damone recording was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70128. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on May 30, 1953 and lasted 3 weeks on the chart, peaking at #16.
On Cash Box magazine's chart, where all versions were combined, the song reached a peak position of #2.
Other contemporary versions
Other versions recorded include those by:
- Tony Martin with Lennie Hayton's orchestra and chorus, recorded on March 26, 1953, released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5279 (in USA) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10500.
- Geraldo & his new Concert Orchestra, recorded on April 30, 1953, released by Philips Records as catalog number PB-149
- Louis Armstrong, recorded on April 21, 1953, released by Decca Records as catalog number 28704
- Eartha Kitt with Henri René's Orchestra, recorded on March 13, 1953, released by RCA Victor Records in an Extended Play album, catalog number EPB 3062
- Bing Crosby with Malcolm Lockyer & His Orchestra, recorded on May 8, 1961, for the "Holiday In Europe" album - produced by Project Records and leased to US Decca.
Other recorded versions
The song has also been recorded by:
- Earl Bostic - (King Records)
- The Dukes of Dixieland - (Okeh Records)
- Eartha Kitt - (Kapp Records)
- Enoch Light And His Orchestra - (Project 3 Records)
- Buddy Merrill - (Accent Records)
- The Melachrino Strings - (RCA Victor Records)
- Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra - (RCA Victor Records)
- Lawrence Welk - (Ranwood Records)
- Roger Williams - (Kapp Records)
- Florian Zabach - (Decca Records)
- Chet Atkins - (RCA Victor)
- Bert Kaempfert - (Decca Records)
- Eddy Christiani - (Netherlands-Europe)
- Juan Garcia Esquivel - (RCA Victor Records)
- Juanjo Dominguez - (Epsa Music)
- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
- RCA Victor Records in the 20-5000 to 20-5499 series