Sheet Music: Amapola

ComposerJoseph LaCalle (1860–1937)
InstrumentationFlute and Guitar chords
KeyB-flat major
Time signature2/2
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time1:10
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-06-01
Last updated2010-06-01
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Tuesday 1 June 2010

Tune of the Day: Amapola

by Joseph LaCalle

This popular song was originally written by Spanish-American composer Joseph LaCalle with Spanish lyrics; the English language lyrics were later added by Albert Gamse. Although the song was published in 1924, the most popular recorded version was made nearly two decades later by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with vocalists Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly. Japanese singer Noriko Awaya also released her version of the song in 1937, the year LaCalle died. “Amapola” was notably performed during the Three Tenors concert in Rome in 1990.

An instrumental version of the piece formed an important leitmotif in Sergio Leone's 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America.