Isle of Capri

by Ray Noble

Top hit from: 06.01 to 09.03.1935

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"Isle of Capri" is a popular song.
The music was written by Wilhelm Grosz (aka Hugh Williams), the lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy. The song was published in 1934.
It was recorded by Lew Stone and his Band with vocal by trumpeter Nat Gonella on July 25, 1934 and released on Decca (UK) catalogue number F 5132. Other popular British recordings were by Ray Noble and his Orchestra with vocal by Al Bowlly on August 30, 1934 and by Gracie Fields on October 9, 1934.
The first US hit version of the song was by Freddy Martin's orchestra with vocal by Elmer Feldkamp recorded on December 3, 1934. Later hit versions were recorded by Wingy Manone in 1944, and later by The Gaylords and by Jackie Lee in 1954. Frank Sinatra recorded it on October 1, 1957 for his album: Come Fly with Me, issued in 1958.
Shortly after first release, the song has been covered in Spanish and recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo with singer Roberto Ray. This version, labeled a "Tango-Foxtrot," remains a staple of milongas (i.e., tango dances) to the present day.
The recording by The Gaylords was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70350. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on May 5, 1954 and lasted 10 weeks on the

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Lyrics

`twas on the Isle of Capri that I found her
Beneath the shade of an old walnut tree
Oh, I can still see the flow'rs bloomin' round her
Where we met on the Isle of Capri

She was as sweet as a rose at the dawning
But somehow fate hadn't meant her for me
And though I sailed with the tide in the morning
Still my heart's on the Isle of Capri

Summertime was nearly over
Blue Italian sky above
I said "Lady, I'm a rover,
Can you spare a sweet word o'love?"

She whispered softly "It's best not to linger"
And then as I kissed her hand I could see
She wore a lovely meatball on her finger
'twas goodbye at the Villa Capri



Summertime was nearly over
Blue Italian sky above
I said "Lady, I'm a rover,
Can you spare a fine word o'love?"

She whispered softly "It's best not to linger"
And then as I kissed her hand I could see
She wore a plain golden ring on her finger
'twas goodbye on the Isle of Capri
'twas goodbye on the Isle of Capri
'twas goodbye on the Isle of Capri

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