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She Wears My Ring - La Golondrina

recording date elvis: Sunday, 16 December 1973; Studio
first release:

originally by: the U.S. Marine Band

recording year: 1896/1897
originally written by: serradell
catalognumber: 407
label: Columbia Phonograph Company

The original title of this number is "La Golondrina," Spanish for "The Swallow." The composer, Narciso Serradell Sevilla was born in 1843 in Alvarado, Veracruz. In 1862, when the French invaded Mexico, he wrote "La Golondrina" as his answer to France's imperial eagle. Well, that's one story. Another is that he wrote the number while in exile in France. And there are more stories…
The earliest known recording is probably that made by the U.S. Marine Band in either 1896 or 1897 on a two-minute brown wax cylinder for the Columbia Phonograph Company, cylinder number 407.
The earliest vocal recording was made by Arturo Adamini for Edison in January 1898 on Edison cylinder 4234.
The first English version might be that of soprano Rosa Ponselle in 1934, though this is in fact a radio recording. Felice & Boudleaux Bryant provided the English lyrics. That same year saw a new version by Louis Katzman & His Orchestra. Elvis's version on "Good Times" is an official recording. He had made earlier private recordings of the song, however, and at least one of these, from 1960, has been officially released, this on "Elvis In A Private Moment" on the Follow That Dream collectors label. Elvis must have been quick to pick up on the number then, for the earliest reference I can find to the tune with the more familiar words of "She Wears My Ring" is a recording from that same year by Jimmy Bell.

La Golondrina
performed by:
The U.S. Marine Band

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She Wears My Ring
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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