New San Antonio Rose

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"New San Antonio Rose"
"San Antonio Rose"
Written by Bob Wills
Language English
Form Western swing
Original artist Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Recorded by

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1939/1940) [1]
Bing Crosby with Bob Crosby & His Orchestra (1941)[1]
Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1957)[1]
Ernest Tubb (May 1958)
Dick Curless (1961)[1]
Floyd Cramer (1961)
Patsy Cline (Nov. 1961)[1]
Ray Price (May 1962)[1]
Clint Eastwood (1963)[1]
Willie Nelson (Mar. 1966)[1]
Carson and Gaile (1967)[1]
Merle Haggard (Nov. 1971)[1]
Jim Nabors (1976)[1]
John Denver (1976)[1]
Gustav Winckler (1977)[1]

Ricky Skaggs (1988)

"San Antonio Rose"/"New San Antonio Rose" was the signature song of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. "San Antonio Rose" was an instrumental song written by Bob Wills, who first recorded it with the Playboys in 1938. Band members added lyrics and it was retitled "New San Antonio Rose".[2] The song opens with the refrain:

Deep within my heart lies a melody,
A song of old San Antone.

The song is written in the first person with the Rose of San Antone being the gentleman's lost love.

Recordings[edit]

The most successful recording was made by Bing Crosby[3] with Bob Crosby and the Bob Cats in 1940 - over a million copies were sold for which Bing was awarded a gold disc.

"New San Antonio Rose" was the first national hit by Bob Wills and His Playboys, propelling them from their Southwestern fame to national notice.[4][5]

The song, both the music and lyrics, reflects the Mexican influence Bob Wills found growing up in the Southwest.[6] Wills developed the melody of the original "San Antonio Rose" itself from a traditional tune, "Spanish Two Step", by the playing the bridge in reverse.[7]

"New San Antonio Rose" ruffled the feathers of Southern country music moguls when Wills and the Playboys performed it with horns and a drum at the Grand Ole Opry on December 30, 1944.[8][9]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by many artists in several genres.

Other uses[edit]

It lends its name to San Antonio Rose Palace in San Antonio, Texas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m http://www.secondhandsongs.com/song/19914
  2. ^ Boyd, Jazz of the Southwest, p. 20: "Among the Playboy's all-time greates hits were two that featured horns: 'New San Antonio Rose,' a Wills tune with lyrics added by several band members, ..."
  3. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854.  Tape 2, side A.
  4. ^ Wolff, Country Music, "Big Balls in Cowtown: Western Swing From Fort Worth to Fresno", p. 94: "One of the key turning points was 'New San Antonio Rose,' the Playboys' first national hit. The record sold over a million and was a jukebox favorite."
  5. ^ Dorman, It Happened in Oklahoma, p. 84: "The popularity of the Texas Playboys only grew throughout the Tulsa years, culminating in their 1940 recording of the song, 'New San Antonio Rose.' The song was their first big hit, extending their appeal from the Southwest to fans nationwide and earning a gold record."
  6. ^ La Chapelle, Proud to Be an Okie, p. 94: "Influenced by his early exposure to Mexican fiddle practices, Bob Wills introduced a mariachi chorus into his signature 'New San Antonio Rose' performing it and a few Spanish-language songs to spillover crowds while in Los Angeles."
  7. ^ McWhorter, Cowboy Fiddler, p. 60: "The Colonel [Art Sutherland] went back in the control room and the boys asked Bob what they were going to do. Bob [Wills] said, "I don't have any idea. I'm going to play the bridge of 'The Spanish Two-Step' backwards, and Leon [McAuliffe], when I get through, you do anything you want to do and let's get out of here'. The played it through for a time and the Colonel came running out of there with his eyes wide open, said, 'Bob, what do you call that tune?' Bob said, 'You know, we haven't named it. We were going to let you name it. This tune's especially for you and you can name it anything you want to.' He said, 'I'm going to call it 'San Antonio Rose'.' "
  8. ^ Kienzle, Southwest Shuffle, p. 256: " 'He [Uncle Dave Macon] abut flipped his dipper,' Mountjoy explained. 'We were breaking' tradition and all that. He went by a couple of time mumblin' about 'God-damn young upstarts'; and 'What they doin' with those drums here?' ' "
  9. ^ Kienzle, Southwest Shuffle,P. 257: "When Acuff finished the introduction, the Playboys snapped into 'New San Antonio Rose,' Montjoy's drums and Brashear's trumpet clearly visible to the audience. ... 'They couldn't get the people to quit applauding; they just kept on and on and on. They kept tryin' to quiet the crowd down, and they wouldn't quiet down.' That kind of response usually justifies an encore. But Wills had remorselessly flouted Opry tradition, first by the act of bringing a drummer, then by defying their request that Mountjoy stay concealed. ... There would be no encore. But no one forgot, either."

Bibliography[edit]

  • Boyd, Jean Ann. Jazz of the Southwest: An Oral History of Western Swing. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998. ISBN 0-292-70859-9
  • Dorman, Robert. It Happened in Oklahoma. Globe Pequot Press, 2006) . ISBN 0-7627-4000-0
  • Gioia, Ted "Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys: New San Antonio Rose", Jazz.com, July 8, 2008
  • La Chapelle, Peter. Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California. University of California Press, 2007. ISBN 0-520-24888-0
  • Kienzle, Rich. Southwest Shuffle: Pioneers of Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and Country Jazz. New York: Routledge, 2003. ISBN 0-415-94102-4
  • McWhorter, Frankie. Cowboy Fiddler in Bob Wills' Band. University of North Texas Press, 1997. ISBN 1-57441-025-3
  • Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1
  • Wolff, Kurt; Orla Duane. Country Music: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides, 2000. ISBN 1-85828-534-8