South of the Border (1939 song)

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"South of the Border" is a popular song describing a trip to Mexico, written by Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr and published in 1939 for the film of the same name starring country star Gene Autry.[1]

In the lyrics, a man looks back with regret and pain for having lied to the woman he can't forget ("...and now as I wander, my thoughts ever stray...") and returned far too late, to discover she had become a nun.[2] The lyric is in juxtaposition with the music, which swings with syncopated joy.[citation needed]

The song was a hit in 1939 for Shep Fields, vocal by Hal Derwin.[3] Other successful recordings in 1939 were by Guy Lombardo, Gene Autry, Ambrose (vocal by Denny Dennis) and Tony Martin.[4]

Frank Sinatra recorded the song on April 30, 1953[5] for Capitol Records and it reached the Billboard charts with a top position of #18 in a 4-week stay.[6]

Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[7]

Other notable recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soundtrack: South of the Border (1939). - IMDb.
  2. ^ Frederick B. Pike, "FDR's Good Neighbor Policy: Sixty Years of Generally Gentle Chaos" (1995), University of Texas Press. P. 198.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 157. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 583. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  5. ^ "Frank Sinatra Discography". jazzdiscography.com. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 394. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  7. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. 
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