Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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First recorded by Lupita Palomera with Lira de San Cristobal (1937).
Hit versions by Xavier Cugat & His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra (US #3 1941), The Four Aces (US #7 1952), The Ventures (US #15/UK #4 1960).
Also recorded by The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1941), Linda Ronstadt (1992).

From the wiki: “‘Perfidia’ (Spanish for ‘perfidy’, as in faithlessness, treachery or betrayal) was written by Alberto Domínguez about love and betrayal, and first recorded (in Spanish) in 1937 by Lupita Palomera. Other hit versions were recorded by Xavier Cugat (1941), the Four Aces (1952) and the Ventures (1960).

“Linda Ronstadt’s 1992 recording of the song in English with a Spanish introduction was used in the 1992 movie The Mambo Kings. Ronstadt also recorded the song in Spanish for her 1992 album Frenesí. At the 9th Lo Nuestro Awards, in 1993, her español version received a nomination for Tropical Song of the Year.

“Trivia: In the 1942 movie Casablanca, ‘Perfidia’ plays while the characters Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund are ballroom dancing during the famed ‘flashback to Paris’ sequence, after Rick delivers his iconic ‘Here’s lookin’ at you, kid’ line.”

Xavier Cugat & His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra, “Perfidia” (1941):

The Glenn Miller Orchestra with The Modernaires, “Perfidia” (1941):

The Four Aces, “Perfidia” (1952):

The Ventures, “Perfidia” (1960):

Linda Ronstadt, “Perfidia” (1992):

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