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We’ll Be Together

Postby Suspicious Minds » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:25 am

The melody of ‘We'll Be Together’ is that of ‘Carmen Carmela’, an old Mexican or Californian folk song.

‘Carmen Carmela’

Traditional song. Composer unknown. That is, many have claimed authorship of the song.

First recorded by Rafael Herrera Robinson, May or June 1904. Robinson was a Mexican tenor and guitar player.

First released on Edison cylinder # 18526, June 1905. Haven’t found a sound sample of the original cylinder.

A picture of Rafael Herrera Robinson and Maximiliano Rosales:

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A few other early recordings:

Jesús Abrego and Leopoldo Picazo, July 8, 1907, Mexico City. Released in March 1908 on Victor 98231. Re-released in 1909 on Victor 62049.

https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/ ... ctor_98231
https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/ ... en_Carmela

Jesus Abrego and Leopoldo Picazo also recorded the song for Columbia in 1908. Released on Columbia C-438.

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Listen to a sample of that version here:
http://frontera.library.ucla.edu/record ... en-carmela

Dusolina Giannini, June 17, 1926, Camden, New Jersey. Released on Victor 1195.

A. Fernandez Alba, August 23, 1929, New York.
Released on Victor 46452.

Cesar Romero, sung in the 1937 movie The Cisco Kid and the Lady.

https://youtu.be/0pzvH2qSfGo

More here: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.com/2018/01/ ... s.html?m=1

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‘Tulips And Heather’

The first version with English lyrics was ‘Tulips And Heather’.

Written by Milton Carson, a pseudonymn for the composers Howard Fields, Howard Barnes and Joseph Roncoroni.

Recorded by Fred Waring And His Penssylvanians, on 19 February 1951. Waring was a musician, bandleader, and radio and television personality, aka ‘America's Singing Master’ and ‘The Man Who Taught America How to Sing’.

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Released as single in April 1951 (Brunswick 04699). Flip side: ‘The Loveliest Night Of The Year’.

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Re-released as a single in February 1952 (Decca 9-27964). Flip side: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

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https://youtu.be/Ed7wMMhaHv8

More here: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.com/2018/01/ ... s.html?m=1

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Note: Although Elvis’ version uses both English and Spanish lyrics, these match neither the English Carson version, nor the Spanish original.
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