Song of India (song)

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"Song of India" is a popular song adapted from the aria "Pesni︠a︡ indiĭskogo gosti︠a︡" from Rimsky-Korsakov's 1896 opera Sadko.[1] In January 1937, Tommy Dorsey recorded an instrumental jazz arrangement featuring Bunny Berigan on trumpet, which became a jazz standard.[2][3] Coupled with "Marie", the 78 rpm disc (Victor #25523) was a major hit for Dorsey, containing two of his most enduring recordings on one record, and which helped make him and his band into a household name as a popular music artist in the United States.[4] The melody was also used for the 1918 song "Beautiful Ohio", which became the official song of the U.S. State of Ohio.

Paul Whiteman also recorded a foxtrot arrangement of the song in 1921.[5]


  1. ^ "Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908. Sadko (Opera). Pesni︠a︡ indiĭskogo gosti︠a︡" in Library of Congress Authorities, accessed 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Steve (4 October 2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. Scarecrow Press. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-8108-8296-6.
  3. ^ Gioia, Ted (27 September 2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. Oxford University Press. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  4. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz Music. Backbeat Books. p. 355. ISBN 978-0-87930-717-2.
  5. ^ "Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra - Cho-Cho-San / Song Of India". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-05-18.