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“Mama, I Long for a Sweetheart” (1935)

“Mama, I Long for a Sweetheart.” Music by Ramón Collazo; original Spanish lyrics by Roberto Fontaina; English translation by Carol Raven. Recorded by Elsie Carlisle with orchestral accompaniment on June 20, 1935. Decca F. 5586.

ELSIE CARLISLE. Mama, I Long For A Sweetheart

“Mama, I Long for a Sweetheart” – Elsie Carlisle (1935)

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This popular 1928 tango by Uruguayan composer Ramón Collazo saw new life in a 1934 English translation by American lyricist Carol Raven. It was recorded that year by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, whose version was distributed on both sides of the Atlantic. Elsie Carlisle is not usually associated with the tango genre, but she executes the piece convincingly. It is, perhaps, worth comparing the overall effect of her version to the 1929 recording of the Spanish-language original by the Orchestra Argentina Bachicha.

"Mamá, yo quiero un novio" sheet music
“Mamá, yo quiero un novio” sheet music

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