Performed by Clélia Iruzun
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|Single by Connie Francis|
|A-side||"My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own"|
|Format||45 rpm single|
|Recorded||6 July 1960|
|Connie Francis singles chronology|
"Malagueña", is a song by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona; written in 1928 it was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona's Suite Andalucia, to which he added lyrics in Spanish. The song has since become a popular, jazz, marching band, and drum corps standard and has been provided with lyrics in several languages.
Notable vocal performances
A German language version, sung by Caterina Valente, with Werner Müller's Orchestra, was very popular in the United States (not making the Billboard chart, but charting on Cash Box, peaking at position #42) in February 1955. She also has sung "Malagueña" in Spanish. English lyrics had been written by Marian Banks and a later charting version was recorded by Connie Francis in 1960 that reached #42 on Billboard's chart as the flip side of her #1 pop smash "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own".
Notable instrumental performances
As a pianist himself, Stan Kenton first had the piece arranged for the Sketches on Standards LP in 1956, which had mostly gone unnoticed at that time. After the 1960 Connie Francis version being the flipside of a smash #1 hit, "Bill Holman's 1961 arrangement for the Stan Kenton Orchestra reimagined the song a second time as a fiery big band showpiece now with an even larger orchestra. Performances of this arrangement appeared on Kenton's 1962 album Adventures In Jazz and on the 1962 American TV show, Jazz Scene USA.
Marco Rizo solo piano performance of Malagueña can be found in Lecuona, a Musical Legacy. Rizo, who in 1938 became the official pianist of the Havana Philharmonic, performed under the direction of Maestro Ernesto Lecuona and gave duo piano recitals with Lecuona in 1939.
Carlos Montoya adapted it for flamenco style guitar, and it was the title track on his 1961 live album, Malagueña on the RCA Victor label. This recording was influential in the piece becoming a guitar standard, even though it was originally written for piano.
Other popular versions
Another version in the pop music scene is that of Puerto Rican virtuoso guitarist Jose Feliciano as part of his 1969 Gold record Alive Alive O!. He performed his particular arrangement live many times over decades. American guitarist Roy Clark recorded an instrumental version of "Malagueña" and also performed the song in an episode of the US TV show The Odd Couple. Rock versions have included an instrumental version by Bill Haley & His Comets recorded live in Sweden in 1968 (it was a staple of their live shows in the 1960s and 1970s, usually performed by guitarist Nick Nastos). An instrumental version by Ritchie Valens was released posthumously in 1960. A surf instrumental version of "Malagueña" has been performed by the Trashmen, the Bambi Molesters, and Albatross, and is part of an arrangement of "Misirlou" by Dick Dale and others. The genealogy of this arrangement is not known. Other instrumental versions were provided by New Orleans piano virtuoso James Booker, legendary New Orleans guitarist Snooks Eaglin (as "Funky Malagueña"), Brian Setzer on his album Ignition, Dave Salyer on Red Hot Guitar, and Buckethead on From the Coop. "Malagueña" was also loosely adapted in 1991 by American thrash metal band Tourniquet for their instrumental song "Viento Borrascoso" (an acoustic version was released in 1998).
Drum corps, marching band
"Malagueña" is often performed in drum and bugle corps and marching competitions. A contemporary performance is part of the Broadway musical Blast!, a fusion of Corps style musical arrangements and field (stage) movements with traditional theatric elements. The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps performed the piece in a memorable show in 1988.
“Malagueña” has been performed numerous times by the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, and as such, has become one of the songs most identified with the group. The University of Minnesota hockey pep band also plays the song after each home win by their men's hockey team. The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps won their second DCI World Championship with a program including the work. Performed by Florida State University's Marching Chiefs as well, in addition to being played by the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. Other corps to perform the piece include the Boston Crusaders, the Velvet Knights, The Cadets, the Hawthorne Caballeros and the Hanover (PA) Lancers, Norwood Park Imperials of the Chicago area. Louisiana State University's Tiger Marching Band keeps it in its repertoire as a regular and usually marches while playing; most other college groups stand and play.
In figure skating
Sasha Cohen, a U.S. figure skater, used this song as her short program in the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 figure skating seasons.
- ASCAP: MALAGUENA FROM ANDALUCIA[dead link]
- amazon.com, RCA Victor Gold Seal CD The Ultimate Collection: Lecuona Plays Lecuona (1997), Cuban Originals (1999)
- Shanachie Entertainment, Jazz Scene USA - Frank Rosolino and Stan Kenton link Accessed 2008 August 30.
- "marcorizo.com". Retrieved 2011-06-02.
- "Frequently Asked Questions | The Odd Couple". Oddcouple.info. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
- "The Drum Corps Repertoire Database". corpsreps.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05.