Offenbach -Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales Of Hoffmann)
Please listen to the Elvis video and the Barcarolle one.
Hold me tight
The moon's so bright
Tonight is so right for love...
In the early 60's, while listening to Elvis Presley's, Tonight Is So Right For Love from G. I. Blues (1960), I found the melody familiar.
Since the world of popular music has gleaned many of its hits from the classics, the Wayne, Silver and Lilly composition is actually based on Offenbach - Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales Of Hoffmann) and not from Johann Strauss as some surfers claim it to be. Listen to Elvis' version, then key in Google Video for Offenbach Barcarolle.
Della Reese* is one singer who had recorded songs classical music based on Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and other composers.
The list below provides information on popular songs from classical music. Some songs are not from the 60's:
Whiter Shade Of Pale
Bach's Air On The G String.
All By Myself
Melody of Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto in C Minor.
Never Gonna Fall in Love Again
Main Theme Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony.
Stranger in Paradise (Kismet)
Alexander Borodin's Polovtsian Dances.
Don't You Know
La Boheme by Puccini.
Tonight We Love
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto in B Flat.
It's Now or Never
O Sole Mio.
Torna A. Surriento.
Saint-Saens Opera Samson and Delilah.
Till The End Of Time
And the list goes on. It is common knowledge that many of today's pop musicians are well-versed with classical music. Pop stars like Bono, Keith Richards, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello are just a few of these artistes. And Elvis?
I had records by Mario Lanza when I was 17, 18 years old, I would listen to the Metropolitan Opera. I just loved music. Music period. (Elvis Presley, 1972 interview).
Song list compiled from classical music websites.
Original Article: Andy Lim.
You Tube: Elvis Presley video from Kevin Allen.
Barcarolle video from mezzocristina.