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harbor lights

COVERED BY ELVIS

Harbour Lights - Harbor Lights


recording date elvis: Monday 5 july 1954;studio
first release: on audio album a legendary performer-elvis,volume 2 ( january 1976 )
label: rca
catalog number: cpl1 1349

originally by: Roy Fox And His Orchestra,Vocal Barry Gray


year: 1937
written by: Hugh Williams
lyrics by: Grosz;Kennedy
catalognumber: bd 5172
label: hmv ( his master's voice )

Born: October 25, 1901
Died: March 20, 1982
Country: United Kingdom
Comments: US-born bandleader.



Harbor Lights is not an American, but a British original, so the correct spelling of the original is Harbour Lights. The original recording was by Roy Fox and His Orchestra with vocal refrain by Barry Gray, made on 29 January, 1937. The recording was released in the UK later that year as a 10-inch 78rpm disk on His Master's Voice B.D.5172.
To add to the British-American confusion, Roy Fox was a born and bred American, but he moved to Britain in the early 1930s, leading his band until the early 1950s. Roy Fox died in London in 1982, aged 80.
Lyricist Jimmy Kennedy was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Because of the sort of lyrics he wrote, many thought that he was American. He was, indeed, one of the most successful British songwriters ever, with more hits in the USA than anyone until Lennon and McCartney. Among his other compositions are "Red Sails In The Sunset" and "Teddy Bear's Picnic."
The first American spelling version was also made in 1937 by Claude Thornhill, recorded on 14 June and released on Vocalion 3595. The tune was used as the theme music for the 1940 film, "The Long Voyage Home," starring John Wayne. Some entries list Williams and Kennedy as the writers—there is no difference, as Hugh Williams was merely a pseudonymn employed by Austrian-born composer Wilhelm Grosz (who, incidentally, wrote "Tomorrow Night"). Kennedy also wrote "South Of The Border."

american version:

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Harbor Lights
performed by:
Roy Fox And Orchestra

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Harbor Lights
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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american version
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