Granada (song)

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"Granada" is a song written in 1932 by Mexican composer Agustín Lara. The song is about the Spanish city of Granada and has become a standard in music repertoire.

The most popular versions are the original with Spanish lyrics by Lara (often sung operatically); a version with English lyrics by Australian lyricist Dorothy Dodd; and instrumental versions in jazz, pop, easy listening, flamenco or rock styles. Other versions in English also exist (one with lyrics by Al Stewart, and one with lyrics by Robert Musel and Edward Lisbona) but these are less common. An Italian version was written in 1954 by Enzo Luigi Poletto. There are also versions in German and other languages.

The song has been covered many times. It is Jose Carreras's personal signature tune.[1] Popular versions include those by Alan Seager and his musical family, Placido Domingo, Frankie Laine, Jorge Negrete, Juan Arvizu, Nestor Mesta Chayres, Mario Lanza, Pasquale Esposito, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. It has been sung in Italian by Claudio Villa, and in German by Fritz Wunderlich and Spanish pop-duo Baccara.

The song was much favoured by theatre organists in the UK, because it provided an opportunity for showing off the organ's tuned (harp, glockenspiel, etc.) and non-tuned (castanets, tambourine) percussion.[citation needed]

Because of the flamboyant nature of the tune, and the Spanish lyrics, "Granada" has been accepted by college music courses as an "art song."[citation needed]


Lara's opening lyrics are:
Granada tierra soñada por mí.
Mi cantar se vuelve gitano cuando es para ti.

Dodd's version begins thus:
Granada, I'm falling under your spell,
And if you could speak, what a fascinating tale you would tell.

Some recorded versions[edit]


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  2. ^ Granada Single recording by Juan Arvizu for Victor Records (#30705) on "Discography of American Historical Recordings -
  3. ^ Juan Arvizu sings "Granada" (1932) on
  4. ^ Granada - as performed by Nestor Chayres - Mexican Tenor and the Alfredo Antonini Orchestra (1946) on
  5. ^ El Siglo De Torreon - Nestor Mesta Chayres Biography on January 26, 2014
  6. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  7. ^ Granada - John Serry -Vintage Dance Orchestras No. 239 - Chicago Musette "Granada" performed by John Serry Sr. on
  8. ^ Squeeze Play Featuring the Dynamic Accordion of John Serry performing "Granada" on
  9. ^ Squeeze Play - John Serry performing "Granada" on the album "Squeeze Play" listed on
  10. ^ "Sergio Franchi Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  11. ^ "Perla - Granada". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
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  14. ^ Video on YouTube

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