Mario Lanza ‎– La Donna È Mobile (Woman Is Fickle) / The Loveliest Night Of The Year

His Master's Voice ‎– D.A.1978
Shellac, 10", 78 RPM

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A La Donna È Mobile (Woman Is Fickle)
Lyrics By – Piave*Written-By – Verdi*
B The Loveliest Night Of The Year
Lyrics By – Webster*Written-By – Aaronson*

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In Italian w. Orch
SPEED 78 on labels

Made in England

Both songs: (Featured in the Film: "The Great Caruzo")

A: from Rigoletto (Act 3), B.I.E.M.
B: published by Francis Day, France Mélodie Paris/N.C.B., B.I.E.M.

UK tax code DTP on B side label, this code appears on all releases between 30 Dec 1950 - 15 Apr 1953.
Alternative label text layout compared to the similar version here Mario Lanza - La Donna È Mobile (Woman Is Fickle) / The Loveliest Night Of The Year

The music was first published as a waltz called "Sobre las olas" ("Over the Waves") in 1888 written by Juventino P. Rosas. In 1950 the music was adapted by Irving Aaronson with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster for the movie The Great Caruso. It was sung by Mario Lanza and became one of the most popular songs of 1951 reaching No 3 in the US Billboard Charts.

The song was recorded in 2008 by Australian singer Alfio for his album Classic Rewinds, which plays tribute to Mario Lanza and 14 other popular Italian-American singers.

The instrumental version of the song is often associated with magicians performing their "magical tricks" and is played in the background, especially in cartoons. It is so commonly associated as to be iconic although few people know it by its real name.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side, stamped): OEA 15523-1A AP 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side, stamped (variant 2)): OEA 15523-1A RR 3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side, stamped): E1-RB1166-1C AD 3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side, stamped (variant 2)): E1-RB-1166-1C RD 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side, label): OEA.15523
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side, label): E1-RB-1166
  • Rights Society: B.I.E.M.
  • Rights Society: N.C.B.