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For the Linda Ronstadt album, see Frenesí (album).
Single by Artie Shaw
A-side "Adiós Mariquita Linda"
B-side "Frenesí"
Format 78rpm phonograph record
Length 3:00
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Alberto Domínguez

"Frenesí" is a musical piece originally composed by Alberto Domínguez for the marimba, and adapted as a jazz standard by Leonard Whitcup and others. The word frenesí is Spanish for "frenzy".

Number 1 hit by Artie Shaw[edit]

A hit version recorded by Artie Shaw (with an arrangement by William Grant Still) reached number one on the Billboard pop chart on December 21, 1940.

Cover versions[edit]

Other performers who have recorded the song include Les Brown, Dave Brubeck, June Christy, Betty Carter, Natalie Cole, Tommy Dorsey, The Four Freshmen, Eydie Gorme, Woody Herman, Earl Hines, Harry James, Ben E. King, Steve Lawrence, Billy May, Glenn Miller, Anita O'Day, Perez Prado, Cliff Richard, Linda Ronstadt, Jack Emblow, Pat Suzuki, Frank Sinatra, Three X Sisters vocals with the Watson Orchestra, and Caterina Valente.

In popular culture[edit]

World War II flying ace Major Thomas Hayes named his P-51 Frenesi after the song.[1] He said it was a tribute to his wife Louise, for the song they listened to; he believed the song's name translated as "Love Me Tenderly".

Thomas Pynchon's 1990 novel Vineland features a character named Frenesi Gates, "her name celebrating the record by Artie Shaw that was all over the jukeboxes and airwaves in the last days of the war" (75).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robert F. Dorr, Air Combat: An Oral History of Fighter Pilots, 2007.