The Spaniard That Blighted My Life

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"The Spaniard That Blighted My Life"
Song by Billy Merson
GenreMusic hall
Songwriter(s)Billy Merson

"The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" is a comic song which was composed and first performed by English 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 he recorded it for Victor Records on March 7, 1913 (catalog No. 17318).[2] It became a major hit, selling over a million copies.[3]

Merson sued Jolson for copyright infringement, forcing removal of the song from the movie, The Singing Fool in the UK.[4]



  1. ^ John J. Gross, The Oxford book of comic verse
  2. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  3. ^ William Ruhlmann, Breaking records: 100 years of hits
  4. ^ Edwin M. Bradley, The First Hollywood Musicals
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved July 28, 2017.

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