You Belong to My Heart

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"You Belong to My Heart" is the name of an English-language version of the Mexican Bolero song "Solamente una vez" (Only One Time, in English). This song was composed by Mexican songwriter Agustín Lara and originally performed by tenor José Mojica in the 1941 film Melodías de América.[1]

After that, the original Spanish-language version was very popular in Mexico and Cuba as well as being recorded by many of the greatest Bolero interpreters.

Covers of Solamente una vez[edit]

"Solamente una vez" has been performed by many artists including Sara Montiel, Daniel Rodríguez[disambiguation needed],[2] Quartetto Gelato,[3] Arielle Dombasle,[4] Benny Moré,[5] Ignacio Piñeiro,[6] Pedro Vargas,[7] Julio Iglesias,[8] Roberto Carlos,[9] Andrea Bocelli,[10] Chucho Valdés,[11] Plácido Domingo,[12] Nat King Cole,[13] Marty Robbins, Lucho Gatica,[14] Guadalupe Pineda,[15] and Roland Shaw & His Orchestra.[16] Luis Miguel,[17]

The Three Caballeros[edit]

"Solamente una vez", retitled "You Belong to My Heart", was featured in the Disney film "The Three Caballeros" with English lyrics written by Ray Gilbert and sung by Dora Luz.[18] Gilbert's lyrics bear no similarity to Lara's original Spanish language lyrics.

Covers of You Belong to My Heart[edit]

Bing Crosby and the Xavier Cugat orchestra released a version of the song by Decca Records as catalog number 23413. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on May 24, 1945, and lasted 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #4.[19]

The Charlie Spivak orchestra released a version by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1663. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on May 17, 1945 and lasted 2 weeks on the chart, peaking at #9.[19]

Elvis Presley, as part of the Million Dollar Quartet, performed a shortened version of the song, mixing Agustín Lara's original Spanish lyrics and Ray Gilbert's English lyrics.[20]

Singers Andy Russell, Jerry Vale, Engelbert Humperdinck and Gene Autry also recorded versions mixing Lara's and Gilbert's lyrics.[18][21][22]

Other artists to have recorded this version of the song include Paula Kelly and The Modernaires,[18] José Carreras,[23] The Three Tenors,[24] Marty Robbins,[25] the Old 97's,[26] and Cliff Richard.[27] Los Índios Tabajaras performed an instrumental version of the song under this title.[28] The 101 Strings Orchestra, Enrique García Asensio, and Charlie Haden released instrumental versions of the song crediting both titles.[29][30][31]


Disney would use this song again in their short film "Pluto's Blue Note" (1947).

Tito Guizar sang the song in the Roy Rogers film "The Gay Ranchero" (1948), while Ezio Pinza performed a version mixing Lara's and Gilbert's lyrics in "Mr. Imperium" (1951).[18]

Only Once in My Life[edit]

Another English language version, titled "Only Once in My Life" was written by Janis and Rick Carnes and was released in 1998. These lyrics are not a translation of the original Spanish lyrics.


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  19. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. 
  20. ^ "The Million Dollar Quartet". Retrieved 12/24/11. 
  21. ^ "The Language of Love/Till the End of Time". Retrieved 12/24/11. 
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  28. ^ "Sweet and Savage". Retrieved 2012-2-28. 
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