Frenesi

by Artie Shaw

Top hit from: 15.12 to 22.03.1941

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"Frenesi" is a musical piece originally composed by Alberto Dominguez for the marimba, and adapted as a jazz standard by Leonard Whitcup and others. The word "frenesi" is the Spanish equivalent of "frenzy".
A hit version recorded by Artie Shaw (with an arrangement by William Grant Still) reached number one on the Billboard pop chart on December 21, 1940.
Other performers who have recorded the song include Les Brown, Dave Brubeck, June Christy, Betty Carter, Tommy Dorsey, The Four Freshmen, Eydie Gorme, Woody Herman, Earl Hines, Harry James, Billy May, Glenn Miller, Anita O'Day, Perez Prado, Cliff Richard, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra, and Caterina Valente.
World War II flying ace Major Thomas Hayes named his P-51 "Frenesi" after the song. He said it was a tribute to his wife Louise, for the song they listened to. He believed the song's name translated to "Love Me Tenderly".
Thomas Pynchon's 1990 novel Vineland features a character named Frenesi Gates.

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Lyrics

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart
You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie

And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song
Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain