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Mona Lisa

COVERED BY ELVIS

Mona Lisa


recording date elvis: April, 1959; Informal
first release:


originally by: Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra

recording date: 30 january 1950
originally written by: livingston;evans
catalognumber: 619
label: london



"Mona Lisa" is an Academy Award-winning song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the 1950 Paramount Pictures film "Captain Carey, U.S.A." The soundtrack version by Nat King Cole spent 8 weeks as #1 in the Billboard chart in the USA in 1950, but Charlie Spivak, together with his orchestra, beat Cole to the studio, recording his instrumental version on 30 January 1950, some five weeks before Cole. Spivak's version was released on London 619, but was overshadowed by trumpeter Harry James's version, which enjoyed some considerable success.
Elvis's recording was made on a consumer tape-recorder in his home in Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim, Germany, during his military service.


Mona Lisa
performed by:
Charlie Spivak

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Mona Lisa
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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