Isle of Capri (song)
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It was recorded by Lew Stone and his Band with vocal by trumpeter Nat Gonella on July 25, 1934, and released on Decca (UK) catalogue number F 5132. Other popular British recordings were by Ray Noble and his Orchestra with vocal by Al Bowlly on August 30, 1934, and by Gracie Fields on October 9, 1934.
The first US hit version of the song was by Freddy Martin's orchestra with vocal by Elmer Feldkamp recorded on December 3, 1934. Later hit versions were recorded by Wingy Manone in 1944, and later by The Gaylords and by Jackie Lee in 1954. Frank Sinatra recorded it on October 1, 1957, for his album: Come Fly with Me, issued in 1958.
Shortly after first release, the song has been covered in Spanish and recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo with singer Roberto Ray. This version, labeled a "Tango-Foxtrot," remains a staple of milongas (i.e., tango dances) to the present day.
The recording by The Gaylords was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70350. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on May 5, 1954, and lasted 10 weeks on the chart, peaking at #15. The flip side, "Love I You," was a minor chart hit.
The recording by Jackie Lee was released by Coral Records as catalog number 61149. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on April 28, 1954, and lasted 11 weeks on the chart, peaking at #17.
This song was a huge world-wide hit, sung in countless arrangements and translations.
- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research.