Single on Leedon label.
Double-sided hit in Sydney and Adelaide with Let's Love Tonight.
Johnny O'Keefe (1935-1978), known in Australia as "The Wild One", "The King of Rock'n'Roll" or just "J. O'K.", was a pioneer Australian rocker, a chart topping artist in his home country. The TV mini-series Shout! The Story of Johnny O'Keefe (1985) was adapted as a stage musical in 2001. The definitive biography is Damian Johnstone's The Wild One (2001).
Also recorded in Australia by Bill McCormack (Melbourne, 1965), single on Astor label; and by Robert Gennari (Sydney, 1968), single on RCA label, B-side of When The Sun Will Shine Again.
Solomon King, born Allen Levy in 1931, died in Oklahoma in January 2005, aged 73.
At that time, Eddie Smit posted the following to Spectropop: King was born in
Lexington, KY. He moved to the UK in 1960 after marrying Canadian journalist Henny Lowy. He moved back to the States after divorcing her in 1980.
(See the Independent's obituary.)
Levi Jackson? The idea that Solomon King also recorded under the name Levi Jackson may be mistaken. See posts to Spectropop, January 2005, by Simon White and others. On the other hand, by the end of the month the plot was thickening, with one post drawing attention to the fact that Solomon King's real name was Allen Levy.
Single on Hickory label. Jimmy Bell also released this under his real name, Jimmy Sweeney (see above).
This an English version of La Golondrina (aka The Mexican ‘Home Sweet Home’). It appears to be the earliest released version of this composition as She Wears My Ring.
Released in Canada on Reo label, it was the #10 bestseller for 1961 on Radio CHUM, Toronto.
Song also known as 'The Mexican 'Home Sweet Home'.
Serradel: Mexican composer (1843-1910) born in Veracruz. His name appears variously as 'Narciso Serradell', 'Narciso Serradel' or 'Narciso Serradel Sevilla', the form used, for example, at the Veracruz page at Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México.
The Spanish lyrics of La Golondrina (The Swallow) use the image of a migrating swallow to evoke sentiments of longing for one's homeland.
The song has been recorded by numerous artists over the years, either as an instrumental or with various lyrics.
For one modern recording of La Golondrina, try
Seville to Sante Fe: A Spanish Guitar Anthology at Amazon.com
(here entitled Las Golondrinas).
Thank you to David Neale for his advice and contributions.
Mexican artist Carlos Francisco. 78 rpm record on the Victor label.
This is one of the earliest recordings of La Golondrina.
References: Research by David Neale at Elvis Presley: The Originals. List of versions at The Originals. Numerical Listing of Victor 16000 78rpm Records page at Ty Settlemier’s Online Discographical Project.
Single on Buckley label, #1101.
This is Jimmy Bell’s original recording, re-released under his real name of Jimmy Sweeney, after the master was purchased by Buckley.
Thanks to Craig Coyle.
Columbia cylinder #31696. This appears to be the earliest known recording of La Golondrina.