Red Roses for a Blue Lady

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"Red Roses for a Blue Lady"
Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Vic Dana.jpg
Single by Vic Dana
B-side"Blue Ribbons (For Her Curls)"
ReleasedJanuary 1965 (1965)
GenreEasy Listening
Songwriter(s)
"Red Roses for a Blue Lady"
Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Bert Kaempfert.jpg
Single by Bert Kaempfert
B-side"Lonely Nightingale"
ReleasedJanuary 1965 (1965)
GenreEasy Listening
LabelDecca
Songwriter(s)
"Red Roses for a Blue Lady"
Single by Wayne Newton
B-side"One More Memory"
ReleasedFebruary 1965 (1965)
GenreEasy Listening
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)

"Red Roses for a Blue Lady" is a 1948 popular song by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett (alias Roy Brodsky). It has been recorded by a number of performers. The best-selling recording was made by Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra Vocalists: Vaughn Monroe and The Moon Men on December 15, 1948. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3319 (in United States) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalogue numbers BD 1247, HN 3014, HQ 3071, IM 13425 and GY 478. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on January 14, 1949 and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at #4.[1]

Another recording was made by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians on December 22, 1948. It was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24549. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on February 4, 1949 and lasted 13 weeks on the chart, peaking at #10.[1]

The song was revived during the winter of 1965 by vocalists Vic Dana and Wayne Newton and instrumentalist Bert Kaempfert, all three versions charting simultaneously. Dana's version was the most successful, peaking at #10 on the pop chart.[2] Kaempfert's peaked at #11 on the same chart. Wayne Newton's version reached #23. All were listed on Billboard's Easy listening (later Adult Contemporary) survey, reaching numbers two, three, and four respectively.

Other recorded versions[edit]

Andy Williams released a version in 1965 as the B-side to his hit song "...and Roses and Roses". Harry James recorded a version in 1965 on his album Harry James Plays Green Onions & Other Great Hits (Dot DLP 3634 and DLP 25634).

Bruno Balz has written German lyrics. The German title is "Ich sende dir Rosen". The Cornel Trio recorded it in Berlin on October 15, 1952. The song was released by Electrola as catalog number EG 7848. The Swedish singer Östen Warnerbring had his breakthrough in 1965 with a Swedish version of the song with lyrics by Carl Holmberg, "En röd blomma till en blond flicka".[3]

Lyrical content[edit]

The song is about a man who wishes to give flowers as a gift to a woman he loves after the two have had what he describes as a "silly quarrel the other day," and that he made her blue (i.e., sad). He hopes that if she accepts his plea for forgiveness, the two will marry and that he will soon return to pick out "your best white orchid for her wedding gown."

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra Vocalists
Chart (1949) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 4
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
Chart (1949) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 10
Vic Dana
Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra
Wayne Newton
Chart (1965) Peak
position
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[12] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[13] 23
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 4
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [14] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 70.
  3. ^ "Östen hyllas på Johannamuseet". Helsingborgs Dagblad (in Swedish). 14 May 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 70.
  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 27, 1965
  7. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1965/Top 100 Songs of 1965". musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 27, 1965
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1965/Top 100 Songs of 1965". musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  11. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/60s_files/1965YESP.html Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1965
  12. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1965-06-28. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  13. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  14. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 3, 1965