dinsdag 23 mei 2017

O Sole Mio (1898) / Meine Sonne (1911) / Your Own Dear Kiss (1912) / My Sunshine (1913) / Beneath Thy Window (1923) / There's No Tomorrow (1949) / It's Now Or Never (1960) / Ich Komme Wieder (1960)


"O sole mio" is a globally known Neapolitan song written in 1898. Its lyrics were written by Giovanni Capurro and the music was composed by Eduardo di Capua. There are other versions of "O sole mio" but it is usually sung in the original Neapolitan language. "O sole mio" is the Neapolitan equivalent of standard Italian "Il mio sole" and translates literally as "my sunshine".

In 1898 Eduardo Di Capua with his father, violinist of an orchestra, was in Odessa (at that time Russian Empire, now Ukraine) when the poet Giovanni Capurro asked him to compose the music for his verses "O sole mio". So, being in Odessa and looking at the Black Sea, Eduardo Di Capua composed his most famous song.

In 1899 the song was performed in Naples at the Festa di Piedigrotta, a famous annual music festival. Interestingly, the song didn’t win – it came second to another Neapolitan classic called Napule Bello. At the time, it was impossible to predict the future success the song would receive. Unfortunately, Giovanni and Eduardo didn’t make much money on royalties for the song as they had sold its publishing rights to the Bideri publishing house for a very small fee of just 25 lire.
What wasn’t known at the time was that a third author was involved. Alfredo Mazzucchi helped Eduardo write music for the song but didn’t sign the manuscript. A Torino judge eventually ruled that he be listed as a co-author to the song.

Copyright Laws that Make your head hurt-- n. 60 in Everythingis Related to Naples | naplesldm.com

’O sole mio - Wikipedia

Here's a very early sheet:

o sole mio sheet 1898




The first recording seems to be:

(o) Florigio Penza (1900)
Recorded June 1900 in Napoli
Matrix 826a
Released on Gramophone 52522

’http://www.operadis-opera-discography.org.uk/NEWITALI.HTM

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(c) Ferruccio Corradetti (1901)
Recorded July 1901 in Milan
Matrix 3254a
Released on G&T 52237

http://www.78opera.com/files/ARTIST_C.pdf

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In 1907 Ferruccio Corradetti recorded the song again in Milan.
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(c) 3. Garde-Grenadier Regiment Zu Fuss (1901)
(as "Defilier Marsch über das italienische Lied "O sole mio"
Recorded August 1901 in Berlin
Matrix; 20x
Released on G&T 40213

www.operadis-opera-discography.org.uk/NEWGERM2.HTM



(c) Francesco Daddi (1901)
Recorded November/December 1901 in Milan
Released on Zonofono 531 and 532

http://78opera.com/files/ARTIST_D.pdf

In 1904 Francesco Daddi recorded the song again in Milan for the Columbia label and for G&T
In 1906 in Hayes, Middlesex, England and in 1911 in New York City, USA
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(c) Oreste Mieli (1902)
Recorded September 1902 in Milan
Released on Disco Zonofono X-1890

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In 1903 Oreste Mieli recorded the song again in Milan
This version was released on Columbia 10009



(c) Francesco Daddi 1904
Recorded in 1904 in Milan
This version was released on Columbia 10153

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(c) Francesco Daddi 1904
Recorded April 1904 in Milan
Matrix 4391a
This version was released on G&T 52271




(c) Gabriel Soulacroix (1904) (as "O Sole Mio" but with FRENCH lyrics)
French lyrics by Amédée-Louis Hettich

File:'O sole mio - Mon Soleil.djvu - Wikisource

Recorded 1904 in Paris
Matrix 3331f
Released on Disque Pour Gramophone (G&T) G.C. 3-32191

http://www.78opera.com/files/ARTIST_Se-Sz.pdf

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Gomme-laque, celluloïd et vieilles cires : disques et cylindres de la Belle Époque en ligne

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(c) Mme. Lartigne (1905)
Recorded early 1905 in Brussels
Matrix 8528u
Released on French HMV # 33544



(c) Alexander Nagel (1905)
Recorded November 1905 in Paris
Matrix xP 2130
Released on Odeon X 36411

http://discography.phonomuseum.at/odeon/odmxP.pdf



(c) Nunzio Bari (1905)
Recorded June 1905
Released on Fonotipia 7060

http://78opera.com/files/ARTIST_Ba-Bi.pdf

Bari Nunzio



(c) Valentin Jaume (1906)  (as "O Sole Mio")
Recorded July, 1906
Matrix xP 3082
Released on Odeon X 60112

http://www.78opera.com/files/ARTIST_J.pdf



(c) Francesco Daddi 1906
Recorded February 21, 1906 in Hayes, Middlesex, England
Matrix 3611e
This version was released on Gramophone 2-52501 (UK)
Also released on Gramophone R 6025 (Italy)
Also released on Victor 62723 (USA)
And internationally on Zonophone X-92166

Gramophone matrix 3611e. 'O sole mio / Francesco Daddi - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Lucien Muratore 1906 (as "O Sole Mio" but with FRENCH lyrics)
French lyrics by Amédée-Louis Hettich
Recorded February 1906 in Paris
Matrix 1343o
Released on on Favorite I-5284

O Sole Mio - Lucien Muratore 1906 1

http://www.78opera.com/files/ARTIST_M.pdf

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July 1906 Lucien Muratore recorded another French version in Paris
Matrix 5847o
Released on Disque Zonophone X-82575

O Sole Mio - Lucien Muratore 1906

Gomme-laque, celluloïd et vieilles cires : disques et cylindres de la Belle Époque en ligne

Listen here:  www.phonobase.org/audio/AD-2013/2013_6870.mp3



(c) Ms Louis Fontbonne Gluck (1906) (as "O Sole Mio" but with FRENCH lyrics)
French lyrics by Amédée-Louis Hettich
Recorded May 1906 in Paris
Released on Edison Cylinder # 17696

O Sole Mio - Ms Gluck 1906 (Edison 17696)

Gomme-laque, celluloïd et vieilles cires : disques et cylindres de la Belle Époque en ligne

Listen here:  www.phonobase.org/audio/AA-CD01aCD99/CD91_12.mp3



(c) Marie de L'Isle 1906  (as "O Sole Mio" but with FRENCH lyrics)
French lyrics by Amédée-Louis Hettich
Recorded 1906 in Paris
Matrix 5145u
Released on Disque Zonophone X-83051



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(c) Ferruccio Corradetti (1907) on Fonotipia
Recorded April 13, 1907 in Milan
Matrix xPh 2540
Released on Fonotipia X 62260

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http://discography.phonomuseum.at/odeon/odmxPh.pdf

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(c) Giuseppe Anselmi (1907) on Fonotipia
Recorded November 4, 1907 in Milan
Matrix xPh 2825
Released on Fonotipia X 62284

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http://discography.phonomuseum.at/odeon/odmxPh.pdf

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(c) Emilio de Gogorza (1908)
Recorded March 25, 1908 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 74105 and on Victor 6075
Also released on Gramophone 052216
And on DB 188

Victor matrix C-6047. 'O sole mio / Emilio de Gogorza - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Fernando de Lucia 1909
Recorded May 21, 1909 in Napoli
Matrix 13336b
Released on Gramophone Concert Record GC 2 -52701
also released on HMV DA-335 and Victor 87047 and Victor 66004

http://78opera.com/files/ARTIST_D.pdf

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(c) Guido Gialdini (1908)  (whistling)
with Friedrich Kark Orchester
Recorded October 1908 in Berlin
Released on Odeon X-51333 and X-99157

http://discography.phonomuseum.at/odeon/odmxB.pdf



(c) Guido Gialdini (1910)  (whistling)
Released on Kalliope #1693

Listen here: Gramofon Online / O Sole Mio


(c) Oskar I. Kamionsky (1909) (as "Solntse moye")
Recorded February 1, 1909 in Moscow, Russia
Matrix 8647L
Released on Concert Record Gramophone G.C. 3-22945

O sole mio (Моё солнце), neapolitan song

Sole Mio - Oskar Kamionsky 1909

Listen here:  www.russian-records.com/data/media/341/3-22945.mp3


(c) Oskar I. Kamionsky (1910) (as "O Sole Mio (Solnyshko noe")
Recorded September 12, 1910 in St. Petersburg, Russia
Matrix 14747
Released on Concert Record Gramophone G.C. 4-22145

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O Solo Mi, romance

Sole Mio - Oskar Kamionsky 1910

Listen here:  www.russian-records.com/data/media/130/4-22145.mp3


(c) Oskar Kamionsky (1911)  (as "Moe Solnyshko")
Released on the Stella-label

O Sole Mio (Мое солнце), song

Sole Mio - Oskar Kamionsky 1911

Listen here:  www.russian-records.com/data/media/204/Stella-13615.mp3



(c) Joaquim Ramos (1910)  (as "Lisboa Amada")
Recorded March 31, 1910 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Matrix 1181y
Released on Zonophone X-52461
Also released on Gramophone 3-62321 and also on Victor 98648

Gramophone matrix 1181y. Lisboa amada / Joaquim Ramos - Discography of American Historical Recordings

In 1912 Joaquim Ramos also recorded a version titled "Terra Amada".

(c) Joaquim Ramos (1910)  (as "Terra Amada")
Recorded August 8, 1912.
Released on Homolord # 9408

Sole Mio (Terra Amada) - Joaquim Ramos 1912

Listen here: A Terra Amada (Sole Mio) - Joaquim Ramos ( - R) by Octávio Sérgio Azevedo



(c) Waclaw Brzezinski 1910 (as "Moje Slonce")
Recorded July 13, 1910 in Moscow

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(c) Musica della Reale Marina Italiana (1910)
(Military Orchestra conducted by Seba Matacena)
Recorded November 30, 1909
Matrix xPh 4207
Released on Fonotipia X 62465

http://discography.phonomuseum.at/odeon/odmxPh.pdf


(c) Francesco Daddi 1911
Recorded February 1911 in New York City
Matrix 55701
This version was released on Columbia C-2094 and Columbia E 821

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(c) Ottokar Marak 1911 (as "Meine Sonne")
German lyrics by Hugo Bock
Recorded May 16, 1911
Matrix 12426L (61684)
Released on ???  ER112 ?  /  4-42455 ?

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www.operadis-opera-discography.org.uk/NEWGERM2.HTM



In January 1912 Elizabeth Spencer recorded the English translated version "Your Own Dear Kiss".
The English lyrics for this version were written in 1911 by Edgar Selden

http://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5994&context=mmb-vp

It was released on an Edison Amberol cylinder # 997

Listen here:  cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/2000/2170/cusb-cyl2170d.mp3


Another English translation of the song followed in 1913 when Alan Turner recorded it as "My Sunshine". On the label it doesn't say who wrote the English translation. Probably Henry Grafton Chapman ?

(c) Alan Turner (1913)  (as "My Sunshine")
Recorded December 19, 1913
Released on Victor 17536

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Browse All Recordings | 'O sole mio, Take 1 (1913-12-19) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

Victor matrix B-14240. 'O sole mio / Alan Turner - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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A few months later in April 1914 Charles Harrison recorded this English translation and it was released on Edison Blue Amberol: 2594 and on Edison Diamond Disc # 80171-R

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(c) Enrico Caruso (1916)
Recorded February 5, 1916 in Camden New Jersey
Matrix B 17124-1
Released on Victor (and Victrola) 87243

O Sole Mio - Enrico Caruso 1916

Enrico Caruso - O Sole Mio (My Sunshine) at Discogs

78 RPM - Enrico Caruso - O Sole Mio (My Sunshine) / Blank - Victrola - USA - 87243

Also released on Gramophone 7-52092
Also released on Gramophone DA 103

Victor matrix B-17124. 'O sole mio / Enrico Caruso - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Oscar Seagle (1915)
Recorded April 8, 1915 in New York
Matrix 37244
Released on Columbia A-5676

Columbia matrix 37244. O sun I love / Oscar Seagle - Discography of American Historical Recordings



(c) Riccardo Stracciari (1918)
Recorded New York, NY, October 4, 1918.
Matrix 78097-2
Released on Columbia 78097

78 RPM - Riccardo Stracciari - O Sole Mio! (My Sun) - Columbia - USA - 78097

On the next link you can listen to a version Riccardo Stracciari recorded in 1929 on Columbia

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In 1921 William Booth-Clibborn transcribed the song as a hymn under the title "Down From His Glory". William was the grandson of General William Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army.

Down From His Glory

William Booth-Clibborn | The Old Landmark: Celebrating Apostolic Heritage



(c) Valentin Sindler  (1923) as "O Sole Mio (Slunce Me)"
Recorded in Prague
Released on Homocord 2-1624

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(c) Richard Tauber 1927 (as "Meine Sonne")
German lyrics by Hugo Bock
Recorded March 1927 in Berlin
Matrix xxB 7653
Released on Odeon O-8329b

Kammersänger Richard Tauber*, Orchester Des Deutschen Künstlertheaters, Berlin*, Ernst Hauke - Santa Lucia / Meine Sonne (Shellac) at Discogs

Listen here: O-8329 | richard-tauber.de




(c) Franz Baumann & Efim-Schachmeister-Künstler-Ensemble (1927)

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(c) Dusolina Giannini (1928)
Recorded December 20, 1928 in London
Matrix 2-053347  (Cc15480-1 ?)
Released on HMV DB 1247

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(c) Die Duoptisten (1929)  (as "Meine Sonne (O Sole Mio)"
Recorded September 12, 1929 in Berlin
Matrix BLR 5605-2 ? 61684 ?
Released on Electrola EG 1551

www.operadis-opera-discography.org.uk/NEWGERM2.HTM



(c) Franz Völker (1929) (as "Meine Sonne")
Released on Grammophon 27151

Franz Völker - Meine Sonne (o Sole Mio) / Sei Mir Gegrüßt Mein Schönes Sorrent (Shellac) at Discogs



(c) Franz Zwonik (1929) (as "O Sole Mio (Meine Sonne)")
German lyrics by Hugo Bock
Released on Homocord 4-9093 II

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(c) Marcel Wittrisch (1930)  (as "O Sole Mio (O Meine Sonne)")
German lyrics by Hugo Bock
Released on Electrola EG 2023

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(c) Joseph Schmidt 1931 (as "Meine Sonne")
German lyrics by Hugo Bock
Released on Ultraphon A 614

Joseph Schmidt - Meine Sonne ! / La Paloma (Shellac) at Discogs

Tracks on Meine sonne - Joseph Schmidt (1931) | SecondHandSongs

Also on Telefunken A 614

Foren / monokel / Joseph Schmidt - Meine Sonne / La Paloma - Schellackplatten Rundfunk - Musik ab 1900



(c) Herbert Ernst Groh (1931) (as "Meine Sonne")
German lyrics by Hugo Bock
Released on Parlophon B 48 119 I

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Also released on Odeon O-25078 a

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(c) Alfredo Miscel (1932) (as "O Sole Mio")
Released on Kristall 6061

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(c) Joseph Schmidt (1934)  (as "O Sole Mio")
Recorded November 1933 in Vienna
Matrix 85234-1
Parlophon B 48814 and Odeon O-4717

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(c) Enzo de Muro Lomanto (1929) (as "O Sole Mio")
Released on Columbia D 12616

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(c) Enzo de Muro Lomanto (1935) (as "O Sole Mio")
Released on Columbia D.Q. 1500

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(c) Peter Anders (1936)  (as "O Sole Mio (Meine Sonne)")
German lyrics by Hugo Bock
Released on Telefunken

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(c) Jan Kiepura (1936)  (as "O Sole Mio")
Released on Odeon O-4739 b

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(c) Tino Rossi (1938) (as "O Sole Mio")
French lyrics by Amédée-Louis Hettich
Released on Columbia DF 2493

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(c) Marcel Wittrisch (1939)  (as "O Sole Mio")
German lyrics by Hartwig von Pinten
Released on Electrola EG 7053

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Another English translation was written  by Edward Teschemacher - Wikipedia

nla.gov.au/nla.obj-168825123/view?partId=nla.obj-168825138#page/n0/mode/1up



(c) Browning Mummery (1923)  (as "Beneath Thy Window")
English lyrics by Edward Teschemacher
Recorded August 20, 1923
Matrix X-4-42574 / Yy 3330
Released on Zonophone Record # 2388

Tracks on Beneath Thy Window (O Sole Mio) - Browning Mummery (January 1924) | SecondHandSongs

78 RPM - Browning Mummery - Beneath Thy Window (O Sole Mio) / Madelina - Zonophone - UK - 2388



(c) William Heseltine (1926) (as "Beneath Thy Window")
English lyrics by Edward Teschemacher
Released on Columbia 3831

Tracks on Come Back (Toselli's Serenade) - William Heseltine (January 1926) | SecondHandSongs

78 RPM - William Heseltine - Come Back (Toselli's Serenade) / Beneath Thy Window (O Sole Mio) - Columbia - UK - 3831



In an old Irish catalogue I found 3 versions of "Beneath Thy Window"

- Parlophone E 3626 J. O'Connor (of Roscrea) 1927

- Parlophone E 5895 Cathedral Choir 1927

- Parlophone E 6205 David Miller  1930

Catalogue LINK: http://www.78rpmcommunity.com/beta/folders/attachment/56/download



(c) Richard Tauber (1942) (as "Beneath Thy Window")
English lyrics by Edward Teschemacher
Recorded in 1942 in London.
Released on Parlophone RO 20514

Richard Tauber - Beneath Thy Window / The Dove (Shellac) at Discogs

http://78opera.com/files/ARTIST_T.pdf

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(c) Joseph Locke (1949) (as "Beneath Thy Window")
English lyrics by Edward Teschemacher - Wikipedia
Josef Locke with the Melachrino orchestra conducted by Herbert Carruthers
Recorded November 1948
Matrix CA 20943
Released on Columbia DB 2556

disco

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(c) Tony Martin (1949)  (as "There's No Tomorrow")
English lyrics written by Al Hoffman, Leo Corday, Leon Carr
Recorded September 15, 1949
Released on RCA Victor 47-3078

45cat - Tony Martin - There's No Tomorrow / A Thousand Violins - RCA Victor - USA - 47-3078

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(c) Helma (1950)  (as "Vaarwel")
Released on Olympia 5594

78 RPM - Helma en Selma - Voorbij (De 3e Man) / Vaarwel (O Sole Mio) - Olympia - Belgium - 5594



In 1949 Tony Martin recorded the song with new lyrics under the name of "There’s No Tomorrow". Dean Martin (1949) and Connie Francis (1959) followed suit with their recordings of "There’s No Tomorrow".
About ten years later, in 1959, while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army, Elvis Presley heard the recording and put to tape a private version of the song.




The Neapolitan tune underwent another transformation in 1957, when Calabrian born Lou Monte released it as "Don’t Say Forever".

Vinyl Album - Lou Monte - Lou Monte Sings For You - RCA Victor - USA

Lou Monte - Lou Monte Sings For You (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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On November 19, 1957 Bill Haley recorded a version titled "Come Rock With Me" on the album "Rockin' Around The World" and on the EP "Rockin' Around Europe".

45cat - Bill Haley And His Comets - Rockin' Around Europe - Decca - USA

Bill Haley Recordings

Rockin' Around the World - Wikipedia

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However, the most remembered and successful English rendition came in the form of "It’s Now or Never" by Elvis Presley in 1960.

45cat - Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires - It's Now Or Never / A Mess Of Blues - RCA Victor - USA - 47-7777

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(c) Gerd Böttcher (1960) (as "Ich Komme Wieder")
German lyrics by Gunter Loose. Top 20 Hit in Germany.

45cat - Gerd Böttcher - Ich Komme Wieder (O Sole Mio) / Du - Heut Nacht! (Young Emotions) - Decca - Germany - D 19 101

Gerd Böttcher - Ich Komme Wieder (O Sole Mio) (Vinyl) at Discogs

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(c) Peter Beil (1960)  (as "Ich Komme Wieder")

45cat - Peter Beil - Ich Komme Wieder (O Sole Mio) / Vier kleine Schuhe (Klippety-Klapp-Song) - Fontana - Germany - 269 277 TF

Peter Beil - Ich Komme Wieder / Vier Kleine Schuhe (Vinyl) at Discogs

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(c) Jack Terry (1960)  (as "Ich Komme Wieder")

45cat - Jack Terry - Ich Komme Wieder (O Sole Mio) / O Lucky Boy - Polydor - Germany - 24 369



(c) Heintje (1968)  (as "Heerlijk Zonlicht")
Dutch lyrics: Dick Valentijn / Günther Kaleta (= Addy Kleijngeld)

Heintje - Dit Is Heintje (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs





In 1972 in the Netherlands there was a TV commercial promoting a kaas-tosti (kind of a Grilled ham and cheese sandwich)




One of Kika Markham's more memorable television projects was Dennis Potter's "Double Dare" (1976). Few people know this was actually written around an evening spent with Kika after Potter had seen the iconic "Just One Cornetto" Gondola commercial, where Kika played the beautiful lady eating just one Cornetto.

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In 1978 Jonathan King recorded a cover-version of the "Just One Cornetto" commercial under the alias Count Giovanni Di Regina.

Count Giovanni Di Regina - Just One Cornetto (Vinyl) at Discogs





And in 1982 the UK band Pookiesnackenburger covered the cover.

Pookiesnackenburger - Just One Cornetto (Vinyl) at Discogs





In 1996 Belgina artist Jo Vally recorded a version titled "Ga Mee Naar Rome".
The lyrics were written by Yvan Brunetti.

ultratop.be - Jo Vally - Ga mee naar Rome

Jo Vally - Ga Mee Naar Rome (CD) at Discogs






Listen to 24 samples of versions recorded between 1907 and 1928 on the link below:

Presto Classical - 24 x 'O sole mio' - Bongiovanni: GB1155 (download) - Buy online



Some more versions

(Sole mio) - 00-10-06 - Romeo Berti (APGA 35005);

(O sole mio) - 21-12-07 - Elisa Bella (Victor 62434 / Victor 98324);

(O sole mio) - 17-10-12 - Carolina White (Columbia A 1330);

(O sole mio) - 21-03-13 - Lina Cavalieri (Columbia A 1434);

(O sole mio) – instr. version - 02-04-15 - Neapolitan Trio (Victor 17787);


More coverversions here:

Musiktitel gleicher Schreibweise oder gleicher Melodien, Original und Cover

Cover versions of 'O sole mio written by Alfredo Mazzucchi,Eduardo Di Capua,Giovanni Capurro | SecondHandSongs




donderdag 18 mei 2017

Rock Beside The Sea (1852) / There's Music In The Air (1854) / Sidi Mara Na Kamen Studencu / Aloha Oe (1878) / He's Coming Soon (1918) Vaarwel Wals / Let Us Try

"Aloha Oe" is a song written in 1878 by (at the time) Princess Liliuokalani of Hawaii.

The Hawaiʻi State Archives preserves a hand-written manuscript by Liliʻuokalani, dated 1878, with the score of the song, the lyrics, Liliʻuokalani's English translation, and her note evidently added later: "Composed at Maunawili 1878. Played by the Royal Hawaiian Band in San Francisco August 1883 and became very popular".

Aloha Oe - Handwritten by Liliuokalani, Queen of
Aloha Oe - Handwritten by Liliuokalani, Queen of

Translation of "Aloha Oe" handwritten by Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917.

Aloha ʻOe - Wikipedia

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - ALOHA OE

http://www.huapala.org/Aloha/Aloha_Oe.html

The story of the origin of the song has several variations. They all have in common that the song was inspired by a notable farewell embrace given by Colonel James Harbottle Boyd during a horseback trip taken by Princess Liliʻuokalani in 1877 or 1878 to the Boyd ranch in Maunawili on the windward side of Oʻahu, and that the members of the party hummed the tune on the way back to Honolulu. Different versions tell of alternate recipients of the embrace — either Liliʻuokalani's sister Princess Likelike Cleghorn or a young lady at the ranch.  SEE: Aloha Oe
According to the most familiar version of the story: This tender farewell set Liliʻuokalani to thinking, and she began humming to herself on the homeward trip. Overhearing, Charles Wilson observed, "That sounds like The Lone Rock by the Sea". a comment with which Liliʻuokalani is said to have agreed. When the party paused to rest in an orange grove on the Honolulu side of the Pali, the others joined in the hummings, and the song was completed later at Washington Place.

The tune of the verse of "Aloha Oe" resembles "The Rock Beside the Sea", recalled by Charles Wilson as "The Lone Rock by the Sea" and composed by Charles Crozat Converse and published in 1852 by Lee & Walker in Philadelphia.

The rock beside the sea, ballad | Library of Congress

Rock Beside The Sea sheet

The Rock Beside the Sea. A Romanza. - The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection

Music from 1800-1860

Listen to a midi of  "Rock Beside The Sea" :  http://www.pdmusic.org/1800s/52trbts.mid


The Serbo-Croatian folk song, "Sedi Mara (Na Kamen Studencu)" (Girl On The Rock), credited to Mita Popovic (1841-1886), also resembles "The Rock Beside The Sea".
On the internet we often read that "Aloha Oe" / "The Rock Beside The Sea" was derived from "Sedi Mara", but I think it's the other way round.
"The Rock Beside The Sea" was published in 1852 in Philadelphia, and the composer of "Sedi Mara", Mita Popovic, was then 11 years old. Most likely he composed the song years later, when he got hold of sheet music of "The Rock Beside The Sea", which, as we see above here, pictures a girl on a rock on the frontpage.

Sidi Mara - Wikipedia

In 1926 a Serbo-Croation Male Quartette recorded "Sedi Mara" in New York.

(o) Male Singing Quartet accompanied by Tamburaški Zbora "Jorgovan".
Recorded June, 1926 in New York City.
Released on Columbia 1043-F (USA)

Sedi Mara - Pjeva Muski Kvartet 1926

Tamburaški Zbora "Jorgovan"* - Sedi Mara / Da Bi Ove Ruže Male (Shellac) at Discogs

Also released as "Sedi Mara (Седи Мара)" on Columbia D 8469 (UK)

Sedi Mara - Tamburaški Zbora “Jorgovan” 1926 3

Digitalna Narodna biblioteka Srbije

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digitalna.nb.rs/attach/NBS/Zvucni_zapisi/virtuelna_brazda/Columbia/D_2_239_1/D_2_239_1.mp3


Captain Heinrich Berger, a Prussian military bandmaster, may be responsible for introducing the melody to Hawaii.
Berger knew the tune from popular 19th century Austrian song "Die Träne" (The Tear), supposedly adapted from same former Serbo-Croatian source.
In 1872 Captain Berger was summoned by Prince Kalakaua, the (then future) king of Hawaii, to come and set up a local music program and to lead the Royal Hawaiian Band. Berger stayed in Hawaii for the rest of his life, also composing what became the local national hymn Hawaii Ponoï, based on Prussian hymn Heil Dir im Siegerkranz and inspired by God Save The King/Queen. He conducted some 32.000 concerts and became close with queen Liliuokalani, who dubbed him "The father of Hawaiian Music".
"Aloha Oe" was first introduced in America in 1883 by the Royal Hawaiian Band with Heinrich (Henry) Berger conducting.

https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/10524/486/2/JL24075.pdf

Musicologist Sigmund Spaeth noted that the first two measures of the melody of the chorus (which are arpeggiated IV-I chords) also resemble the chorus of George Frederick Root's 1854 song "There's Music In The Air", but measures 3 and 4 differ from it. Published by Mason Bros. in the musical monthly called "The Musical Review".

Click on "view" and then go to page 98 and page 253 of the next link:

http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Story_of_a_Musical_Life_(Root,_George_Frederick)

http://www.pdmusic.org/root-gf.html

http://www.pdmusic.org/root-gf/gfr57b.mid



According to the book, "From Edison to Marconi: The First Thirty Years of Recorded Music," the first recording of "Aloha Oe" was already made in 1898 on Berliner cylinder 515. Details of the performer are not given, only "Orchestra" being indicated."

Aloha Oe - versions

Berliner Discs - numerical listing discography no prefix

A catalogue issued by Columbia Records in 1901 mentioned two wax cylinders labeled "Vocal Solos in Hawaiian", containing recordings of "Aloha ʻOe" (# 30200) and "Kuʻu Pua I Paoakalani" (# 30201). Neither on the labels nor in the catalogue was any further information given regarding the performer(s). It is uncertain if this was recorded in Hawaii and the cylinders are now lost. SEE NEXT LINK:

https://archive.org/stream/KastlemusickColumbiaCylinders/Kastlemusick%20Columbia%20Cylinders#page/n17/mode/2up


A more detailed documented version was recorded in 1904

(c) Quartette of Hawaiian girls from Kawaiko Seminary (1904)
Recorded July 1904
Matrix 1174
Released on Victor 15038

Zonophone matrix 1174. Aloha oe / Quartette of Hawaiian Girls from Kawaiho Seminary - Discography of American Historical Recordings



(c) Ellis Bros. Glee Club Quartet (1904)
Recorded July 1904
Matrix 1189
Released on Victor 15052

Aloha Oe - Ellis Bros. Glee Club Quartet 1904

Browse All Recordings | Aloha oe, Take [1] (1904-07-01) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

Zonophone matrix 1189. Aloha oe / Ellis Brothers Glee Club Quartet - Discography of American Historical Recordings

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(c) Royal Hawaiian Band (1905)
Recorded March 1905
Released on American Record Company # 30936

Aloha Oe - Royal Hawaiian Band

American Record Company, by Matrix numbers



Columbia Records recorded a duet of the song by Nani Alapai and Henry N. Clark in 1911.

"Aloha Oe" features Madame Nani Alapai, reputed to have been the first singer for the Royal Hawaiian Band, and Henry N. Clark, brother of Harry.
"Aloha 'Oe" includes violin and flute accompaniment, instruments largely replaced by the steel guitar in the typical Hawaiian ensemble of the 1910s. Charmian London wrote of Nani Alapai's unique voice after hearing her sing in 1907

Nalu Music » Ukulele Miscellany





(c) Sousa's Band (1911)
Recorded December 14, 1911 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 17035



Browse All Recordings | Aloha oe, Take 2 (1911-12-14) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

Victor matrix B-11377. Aloha oe / Sousa's Band - Discography of American Historical Recordings

VICTOR 78rpm numerical listing discography: 17000 - 17499

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(c) Toots Paka's Hawaiians (1913)
Recorded April 26, 1913
Released on Edison Blue Amberol: 1812

Aloha Oe, by Toots Paka's Hawaiians (1913)

Edison Blue Amberol: 1812. “Aloha oe” / Toots Paka's Hawaiians. | UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

Listen here: cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/9000/9022/cusb-cyl9022d.mp3

Or here: Aloha Oe - Toots Paka's Hawaiians - Video Dailymotion



(c) Hawaiian Quintette (1913)  (as "Aloha Oe")
Recorded April 11, 1913 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 18577 and Victor 65348

Aloha Oe - Hawaiian Quintette 1913

Browse All Recordings | Aloha oe, Take 1 (1913-04-11) | National Jukebox LOC.gov

78 RPM - Hawaiian Quintette - Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee) / Kuu Home (Native Plantation Song) - Victor - USA - 65348

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(c) Arthur Pryor's Band (1913) (as "Medley Hawaii Ponoi - Aloha Oe")
Recorded June 16, 1913 in Camden, Nerw Jersey
Released on Victor 18579-B and also on Victor 65440

78 RPM - Hawaiian Quintette - Maui Girl (Girl From The Island Of Maui) / Hawaii Ponoi And Aloha Oe - Victor - USA - 85440

Hawaiian Music Collection



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A 1913 score can be seen at the Levy Sheet Music Collection. Aloha Oe. (Farewell To Thee). [English and Hawaiian] - The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection



(c) Ford Hawaiians (1917) (as "Aloha Oe")
Released on Edison Blue Amberol #3149 and Edison # 5105

aloha oe - Ford Hawaiians 1917


aloha oe - Ford Hawaiians 1917 2

“Aloha oe” / Ford Hawaiians. | UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive





(c) Toots Paka Hawaiian Company (1914)  (as "Aloha Oe")
Recorded June 19, 1914 in New York
Released on Columbia A 1616

Columbia matrix 39462. Aloha oe / Toots Paka Hawaiian Company - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Toots Paka Hawaiian Company* - Aloha Oe / Hawaiian Medley (Shellac) at Discogs

78 RPM - Toots Paka Hawaiian Company - Aloha Oe / Hawaiian Medley - Columbia - USA - A1616

Aloha Oe - Toots Paka Hawaiian Company 1914

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(c) Alma Gluck (1917)  (as "Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)")
Recorded June 26, 1917 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor (Victrola) 74534 and 6143

Hawaiian Music Collection

Victor matrix C-20093. Aloha oe / Alma Gluck - Discography of American Historical Recordings

Alma Gluck And Orpheus Quartet - Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee) (Shellac) at Discogs

Aloha Oe, by Alma Gluck (1917)

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(c) Ferera's Hawaiian Instrumental Quintette (1924)  (as "Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)") TOP 10 US
Recorded October 18, 1923
Released on Columbia 21-D

78 RPM - Ferera's Hawaiian Instrumental Quintette - One Two, Three, Four / Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee) - Columbia - USA - 21D

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(c) Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra (1927) (as "Aloha Oe")
Recorded February 21, 1927
Released on Victor 20516

Aloha Oe - Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra 1927

Aloha Oe! (Farewell To Thee) : Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Listen here: https://ia801509.us.archive.org/7/items/78_aloha-oe-farewell-to-thee_hilo-hawaiian-orchestra-queen-liliuokalani_gbia0001927a/Aloha Oe! (Farewell To Thee) - Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra.mp3



(c) Kees Pruis (1928) (as "Tabe")
Dutch lyrics by Kees Pruis
Recorded October 20, 1928 in Berlin

78 RPM - Kees Pruis - Rita / Tabe (Aloha Oe) - Homocord - Netherlands - 4-5932

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(c) Bing Crosby (1936)  (as "Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)")
Recorded July 23, 1936 in Los Angeles

A Bing Crosby Discography - part 1b - Commercial Recordings - The Decca Years

Released in 1939 on Decca 78 RPM (# 880-A) as part of the compilation album "Music Of Hawaii" (Decca Album 10)

78 RPM - Various Artists - Music Of Hawaii - Decca - USA

Hawaiian Music Collection

78 RPM - Bing Crosby - Song Of The Islands / Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee) - Decca - USA - 880

Listen here: digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/music/Libraries/medialibrary/554.mp3



(c) Harry Owens and his Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra (1938) (as "Aloha Oe")
Recorded April 13, 1938 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 1907

Harry Owens And His Hawaiians: A Discography

Listen to a sample here (it's the last song of the collection)

Hawaiian Memories - Take Two Records



In 1938 Sol Hoopii recorded "Aloha Oe Blues", which was derived from Liliuokalani's song.

(c) Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)
Recorded December 15, 1938 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 2560 B

Hawaiian Music Collection

Listen here: http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/music/Libraries/medialibrary/3115.mp3



(c) Marty Robbins (1954)
Recorded December 19, 1953
Released on Columbia 21213.

45cat - Marty Robbins - My Isle Of Golden Dreams / Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee) - Columbia - USA - 4-21213





(c) Billy Vaughn (1959) (as "Aloha Oe")

Vinyl Album - Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra - Blue Hawaii - Dot - USA

An albumtrack from "Blue Hawaii" was released as a 45 in Germany and was a Top 10 Hit.

45cat - Billy Vaughn And His Orchestra - Aloha Oe / Your Cheatin´ Heart (Es kommt ein Tag) - London - Germany - DL 20 254

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(c) Harmonica Duo K. Schriebl / J. Hupperts (1959)  (as "Vaarwel Wals)
Adapted by J. van der Wal.

45cat - Harmonica Duo K. Schriebl / J. Hupperts - Kerkraadse Jongens - Philips - Netherlands

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(c) De Straatzangers (1961) (as "Vaarwel Wals")
Adapted by J. van der Wal.

De Straatzangers | Nldiscografie.nl

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(c) Elvis Presley (1961)  (as "Aloha Oe")
Elvis recorded Aloha-Oe on March 21, 1961, at Radio Recorders for his film, Blue Hawaii.

Elvis Presley - Blue Hawaii (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs



The commercial release was a mix of two different takes.





(c) Freddy (1962)  (as "Alo-Ahe")

Another big German Hit for Freddy (# 5 in the Charts)

45cat - Freddy - Alo-Ahé / Und das weite Meer - Polydor - Germany - 24 781

Freddy* - Alo Ahe (Vinyl) at Discogs

Here's a version from the film "Freddy und das Lied der Südsee" (1962)





The refrain of "Aloha Oe" was also used in 1970 in Sergio Endrigo's "L'Arca Di Noe" (which was covered in 1971 by Ken Dodd)

https://www.discogs.com/Sergio-Endrigo-Lucia-Rizzi-LArca-Di-No%C3%A9-LAddio/release/7024630



https://www.discogs.com/Ken-Dodd-When-Love-Comes-Round-Again/release/2847085




In 1972 the tune was adapted by Dutch producer John Moring for the song "Let Us Try".

http://www.unitgloria.nl/robert-letus.htm

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In 1974 the tune was adapted by Ben ten Donkelaar for the song "Eenmaal Zullen Wij De Kampioenen Zijn" (Once we will be the chapions). It was sung by the Dutch Football Club FC Twente. Finally after 36 years in 2010 they became the champion of Dutch Football League.

Eddy Achterberg - F.C. Twente (Eenmaal zullen wij de kampioenen zijn) - dutchcharts.nl

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(c) Johnny Jordaan and Willy Alberti (1975) (as "Vaarwel Wals")

Willy Alberti En Johnny Jordaan - Successen Uit Onze Jeugd (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Mireille Mathieu (1976)  (as "Aloa-He")
Adapted by Christian Bruhn and Georg Buschor.
This was a German hit for Mireille.

Released on the Ariola-label

Mireille Mathieu - Aloa-He (Vinyl) at Discogs





(c) Goombay Dance Band (1980)  (as "Aloha Oe") (Hit in the German charts)

Goombay Dance Band - Aloha-Oe, Until We Meet Again (Vinyl) at Discogs

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In the Disney film Lilo & Stitch (2002), the song is sung briefly by the character Nani Pelekai (voiced by Tia Carrere) as a means to say goodbye to her sister Lilo, as they were going to be separated from each other by then.

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It is sung again in its franchise's fourth film Leroy & Stitch (2006) by Lilo (Daveigh Chase), Stitch (Chris Sanders), and Reuben (Rob Paulsen) to shut down the Leroy clones.





(c) Johnny Cash (2010)  (as "Aloha Oe")
Recorded in the summer of 2003, shortly before his death.
Released as the final track on American VI: Ain't No Grave"

Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

American VI: Ain't No Grave - Wikipedia







The popular hymn, “He’s Coming Soon,” written by Thoro Harris around 1918, used a familiar tune written by royalty -- Queen Liliuokalani’s “Aloha Oe.”
Harris wrote “He’s Coming Soon” based on the Bible’s teaching about the return of Christ:  "The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.

Story Behind the Song: A hymn with a 'royal' tune

He’s Coming Soon

He's Coming Soon - Hymnary.org







More versions of "Aloha Oe" here:

Cover versions of Aloha Oe written by Liliuokalani | SecondHandSongs

and more here:

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