Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan had
success with "That Mesmerizing
Mendelssohn Tune", ragtime tribute to Mendelssohn's
1915 - Alice Neilsen had a 'hit' with
the oft-recorded sentimental standard
"Home Sweet Home", which featured
in the 1823 British opera Clari by HR
Bishop. The tune was also used by
Donezetti in his opera Anna Bolena in 1830.
1916 - Columbia Mixed Double Quartet
recorded "America (My Country 'tis of
thee) - these lyrics to "God Save The
Queen" were written in 1832.
1921 - "Song Of India"
adapted from the Rimsky-Korsakov "Chanson
Indoue" from the opera "Sadko"
performed by (amongst others) 1921 - Paul
Whiteman and his Orchestra, In 1937 by Tommy
Dorsey And His Orchestra, and a hit in
the USA in 1953 for Mario Lanza.
1928 - "Laugh Clown, Laugh" by Fred
Waring And His Pennsylvanians includes a
brief melodic tribute to "Vesti La
Giubba" from I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.
1934 - "What A Difference A Day
Made" became a hit for the Dorsey
Brothers, and in the UK (#6 - Oct.'75)
for Esther Philips. Originally a song
called "Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado"
by Maria Grever (1884-1951).
1938 - "Martha" - adapted from
"M'Appari" in the Friedrich von
Flotow opera "Martha" a hit
for Larry Clinton and his Orchestra
and singer Bea Wain.
1939 - "Our Love" melody adapted
from Tchaikovsky's "Romeo And
Juliet" performed by Tommy Dorsey
Orchestra and vocalist Jack Leonard.
1939 - Glenn Miller's "Moon
Love" adapted from the second movement
of Tchaikovsy's Fifth Symphony, with
vocal by Ray Eberle.
1939 - Based upon the Mozart
"Piano Sonata in C" - "In An
Eighteenth Century Drawing Room" became
a hit for the Raymond Scott Quintet.
1939 - "Let's Dance" by Benny
Goodman and his Orchestra was based upon
the 1821 Weber composition
"Invitation To The Dance".
1939 - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Jack
Leonard again, this time with "The
Lamp Is Low" adapted from Ravel's
"Pavanne For A Dead Princess".
1940 - A melody inspired by the Tchaikovsky
"Andante Cantabile String
Quartet", Connee Boswell scored
a hit with "On The Isle Of May".
1941 - Harry James on trumpet scores
a hit with "Flight Of The Bumble
Bee" based upon the Rimsky-Korsakov
1942 - Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra's
"Daybreak" - melody is from the
"Mardi Gras" movement of Ferde Grofe's
1945 - "Till The End Of Time" - Perry
Como and Carmen Cavallaro sold
over a million copies and was adapted from Chopin's
Polonaise in A Flat.
1945 - Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
had a hit with a pop-classical adaptation
from a melody of Rachmaninov's famous
Second Piano Concerto, also known lyrically
as "Full Moon And Empty Arms" -
later recorded by Frank Sinatra in
"I'm Always Chasing
Rainbows" by Perry Como
was based on Chopin's Fantasie
Impromptu in C# Minor.
Sophocles Papas Ivanovici's "Danube
Waves Waltz" adapted to "The
Anniversary Song" by Al Jolson.
1949 - "You're Breaking My Heart"
adapted from Leoncavallo's "La
Mattinata" - 'modernised' by US singers
Vic Damone, Buddy Clark and
the Ink Spots.
1950 - 27 weeks on the pop charts for an
adaptation of "O Sole Mio" as
"There's No Tomorrow" by Tony
1950 - Adapted from the 18th century French
melody "Chanson de Marie
Antoinette", Guy Mitchell had a
big hit with "My Heart Cries For
"No Other Love" by Jo Stafford
was based on Chopin's Etude No. 3 in
E Opus 10
Mario Lanza's "Loveliest Night
Of The Year" from "Over The
Waves" Waltz by Juventino Rosas
1952 - "Valencia" Lyrics added
around 1926 to Jose Padilla's (1889-1960)
"La Bien Amada", in the revue
"Great Temptations" gave a hit to Eddie
to "Home Maid" for these)