Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rose, Rose, I Love You

"Rose, Rose, I Love You" is a song originally in and later sung in . It is the only song written by a to become a major English-language .

The original Chinese lyrics were by Wu Cun and the music was credited to Lin Mei , a pen name for popular song composer Chen Gexin. The song was first recorded in 1940 by Yao Lee as an interlude for the movie ''Singing Girl'' and released as a single on Pathé Records B. 597.

The English language lyrics were written by a correspondent, Wynford Vaughan Thomas. It was recorded by singer Frankie Laine and the Norman Luboff Choir, with Paul Weston and his orchestra, on 6 April 1951, and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39367. The song reached #3 on the . At this time, Yao Lee's Mandarin version was also released in the US and UK credited to "Miss Hue Lee."

A recording was made by Gordon Jenkins for Decca Records .

The song was also covered in the by Petula Clark , a version that entered the UK charts on May 5, and peaked at #16, and Kyu Sakamoto remade the song in the 1960's.

This song features in the 2005 film ''The White Countess''. The film appears to be set in 1937, so the inclusion of the song would be anachronistic.

"Rose, Rose, I Love You" also appears in the soundtrack of "The Pillow Book", 1996.

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