Malagueña (song)

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Single by Connie Francis
A-side "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own"
Released 1960
Format 45 rpm single
Recorded 6 July 1960
Genre Pop
Length 3:06
Label MGM Records
Songwriter(s) Ernesto Lecuona
Producer(s) Norman Newell
Connie Francis singles chronology
"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" / "Jealous of You"
"My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" / "Malagueña"
"Many Tears Ago" / "Senza Mamma e Nnammurata"
"Everybody's Somebody's Fool"/ "Jealous of You"
"My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own"/ "Malagueña"
"Many Tears Ago"/ "Senza Mamma e Nnammurata"

"Malagueña", (Spanish pronunciation: [malaˈɣeɲa], from Málaga) is a song by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona; written in 1928 it was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona's Suite Andalucia, to which he added lyrics in Spanish. The song has since become a popular, jazz, marching band, and drum corps standard and has been provided with lyrics in several languages.

Notable vocal performances[edit]

A German-language version, sung by Caterina Valente, with Werner Müller's Orchestra, was very popular in the United States (not making the Billboard chart, but charting on Cash Box, peaking at position #42) in February 1955. Caterina also sang "Malagueña" in Spanish. English lyrics were written by Marian Banks[1] and a later charting version was recorded by Connie Francis in 1960 that reached #42 on Billboard's chart as the flip side of her #1 pop hit "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own".

In 1962, Violetta Villas recorded Malagueña in German and Polish language versions. Singers Vigen Derderian and Googoosh adapted the song for Iranian pop style.

Notable instrumental performances[edit]

"Malagueña" was recorded by the composer as a piano solo on the 1955 RCA Victor LP Lecuona Plays Lecuona. The recording is available on RCA/BMG CD compilations / reissues.[2]

As a pianist, Stan Kenton first had the piece arranged for the Sketches on Standards LP in 1956, which mostly went unnoticed at that time. After the 1960 Connie Francis version, Bill Holman's 1961 arrangement for the Stan Kenton Orchestra reimagined the song again as a fiery big band showpiece, with an even larger orchestra. Performances of this arrangement appeared on Kenton's 1962 Grammy winning album Adventures In Jazz and on the 1962 American TV show, Jazz Scene USA.[3]

Marco Rizo's solo piano performance of "Malagueña" can be found in Lecuona, a Musical Legacy.[4] Rizo, who in 1938 became the official pianist of the Havana Philharmonic, performed under the direction of Maestro Ernesto Lecuona and gave duo piano recitals with Lecuona in 1939.

Carlos Montoya adapted it for flamenco style guitar, and it was the title track on his 1961 live album, Malagueña on the RCA Victor label.[5] This recording was influential in the piece becoming a guitar standard, even though it was originally written for piano.[citation needed]

Other popular versions[edit]

Another version in the pop music scene is that of Puerto Rican virtuoso guitarist Jose Feliciano as part of his 1969 Gold record Alive Alive O!. He performed his particular arrangement live many times over decades. American guitarist Roy Clark recorded an instrumental version of "Malagueña" and also performed the song in an episode of the US TV show The Odd Couple.[6]

Figure skating world champion Javier Fernández skated his short program during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons to Malagueña. The score for the program consisted of an instrumental solo guitar section performed by Paco de Lucía, and a vocal section sung by Plácido Domingo. The program was choreographed by Antonio Najarro, director of Spain's National Ballet.[7]

Drum corps, marching band[edit]

"Malagueña" is often performed in drum and bugle corps and marching competitions.[8] "Malagueña" has been performed numerous times by the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, and as such, has become one of the songs most identified with the group.[9]


  2. ^, RCA Victor Gold Seal CD The Ultimate Collection: Lecuona Plays Lecuona (1997), Cuban Originals (1999)
  3. ^ Shanachie Entertainment, Jazz Scene USA - Frank Rosolino and Stan Kenton link Accessed 2008 August 30.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  5. ^ "". 
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions | The Odd Couple". Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Los nuevos programas de Javier Fernández se crearán en España | HIELO ESPAÑOL". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-04-25. 
  8. ^ "The Drum Corps Repertoire Database". Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Malaguena - UMass Marching Band UMMB 9/21/13 Halftime Show". Retrieved 2014-09-17. 

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