La golondrina

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"She Wears My Ring"
Song by Jimmy Sweeney aka Jimmy Bell
Recorded 1960
Label REO Records
Writer Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant
Composer Narciso Serradel Sevilla
Cover versions
Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Ray Price and Solomon King
Copyright 1960 - Craig Coyle / Underground Records Inc. Toronto Canada

La golondrina (Spanish: "The Swallow") is a song written in 1862 by Mexican physician Narciso Serradell Sevilla (1843-1910), who at the time was exiled to France due to the French intervention in Mexico. The Spanish lyrics uses the image of a migrating swallow to evoke sentiments of longing for the homeland. It became the signature song of the exiled Mexicans. The song was recorded in 1906[1] by Señor Francisco.[2][3] A guitar instrumental was recorded by Chet Atkins in 1955. The song has also been recorded by Caterina Valente (1959), Nat King Cole (1962) and Plácido Domingo (1984).[4]

Felice & Boudleaux Bryant wrote lyrics in English, as "She Wears My Ring", which was first recorded by Jimmy Sweeney a.k.a. Jimmy Bell in 1960 with notable cover versions by Roy Orbison (1962), Ray Price (1968) and Elvis Presley (1973).[5]

The song, recorded by 13 years old Heintje, became a German number-one hit in August 1968 (title: Du sollst nicht weinen, "Thou shalt not cry"). In June 1970, the 9 years old Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland became a famed child singer with a recording[6] in Swedish (Mitt sommarlov, "My summer break") that topped the Swedish chart Svensktoppen for seven weeks[7] as well as the Norwegian singles chart for three weeks.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://app.box.com/shared/kg9enr1tds La golondrina (mp3)
  2. ^ "Recordings by 'Senor Francisco'". The Online 78 rpm Discographical Project. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Låtar du trodde var svenska - Mitt sommarlov - La golondrina". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  4. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120509220536/http://instro.pmouse.nl/lagolondrina.htm¡ Wayback Maschine
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120509220536/http://instro.pmouse.nl/lagolondrina.htm¡ Wayback Maschine
  6. ^ "En sån dag". Svensk mediedatabas. 1970. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Svensktoppen - 1970". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "En sån dag". Norwegiancharts. 1970. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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