April in Portugal (song)

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"April in Portugal"
("The Whisp'ring Serenade", "Coimbra")
Music by Raul Ferrão
Lyrics by Raul Ferrão
Jimmy Kennedy
Written 1947
Form Fado
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.

Charting versions[edit]

Charting versions were recorded by the Les Baxter orchestra, by the Richard Hayman orchestra, by the Freddy Martin orchestra, and by Vic Damone:

On Cash Box magazine's chart, where all versions were combined, the song reached a peak position of #2.

Other contemporary versions[edit]

Other versions recorded include those by:

Other recorded versions[edit]

The song has also been recorded by:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  2. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-5000 to 20-5499 series