COVERED BY ELVIS
recording date elvis: Thursday 5 february 1976;studio
first release: on audio album from elvis presley boulevard,memphis tennessee ( may 1976 )
label: rca victor
catalog number: apl1 1506
originally by: Ernestine Schumann-Heink
originally written by: Fred Weatherly
music originally written by: traditional
catalognumber: 88592 and 6276
label: victor ( single sided )
Born: June 15, 1861
Died: November 17, 1936
Country: United States
Comments: Born in Austria as Ernestine Rössler, she was a celebrated operatic contralto in both Europe and the United States of which she became a naturalized citizen in 1908.
Fred Weatherly provided the words of Danny Boy, but the melody was first published in George Petrie's The Petrie Collection Of The Ancient Music Of Ireland in 1855. The nameless piece bore the annotation that it originated in Londonderry and so became known as The Londonderry Air.
Ernestine Schumann-Heink was a German contralto with the New York Metropolitan Opera. She first attempted to record "Danny Boy" in September 1915 for Victor, but was apparently unsuccessful, as the recording is indicated with the status "Destroy" in Victor's own discography. Two years later, on 26 September 1917, in Camden, New Jersey, Schumann-Henk produced the first master, which was released as a 12" disc on a number of Victor labels.
performed by: Ernestine Schumann-Heink
performed by: Elvis Presley