The Spaniard That Blighted My Life

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"The Spaniard That Blighted My Life"
Song by Billy Merson
Published 1911
Genre Music hall
Songwriter(s) Billy Merson

"The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" is a comic song which was composed and first performed by music-hall performer Billy Merson.

It starts[1]

List to me while I tell you
Of the Spaniard that blighted my life

It was performed by Al Jolson in his show The Honeymoon Express and his recording of it was a hit in 1913, selling over a million copies.[2]

Merson sued Jolson for copyright infringement, forcing removal of the song from the movie, The Singing Fool.[3]



  1. ^ John J. Gross, The Oxford book of comic verse 
  2. ^ William Ruhlmann, Breaking records: 100 years of hits 
  3. ^ Edwin M. Bradley, The First Hollywood Musicals 

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