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Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star

Louie Roy 03 Nov 00 - 11:06 PM
Jim Dixon 06 Nov 00 - 04:14 PM
Louie Roy 07 Nov 00 - 01:44 PM
Jim Dixon 07 Nov 00 - 04:45 PM
GUEST,Azalea John 07 Nov 00 - 08:39 PM
Louie Roy 07 Nov 00 - 11:44 PM
GUEST 31 Jan 12 - 11:37 AM
John MacKenzie 31 Jan 12 - 12:34 PM
Mo the caller 31 Jan 12 - 03:14 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 31 Jan 12 - 05:35 PM
John MacKenzie 01 Feb 12 - 04:22 AM
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Subject: Where Or When the White Azaleas Start Bl
From: Louie Roy
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 11:06 PM

This song was sung by the sons of the pioneers or Gene Autry or Roy Rogers in the late 1930s or early 1940s.I believe that Bob Nolan wrote it.Any help will be appreciated Thanks Louie Roy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Nov 00 - 04:14 PM

A web search indicates that "When the White Azaleas Start Blooming" is attributed to Bob Miller (1933) and was recorded by Louise Massey and the Westerners in 1934. It has also been recorded by Bing Crosby, the Swift Jewel Cowboys, Rex & Noelene Franklin, and Wilf Carter. Paul Smith recorded a song that he called "When the White Azaleas Bloom" - this may be a variant title. I seem to recall a version recorded by Eddy Arnold in the 50's but I am unable to confirm this.

I have been unable to find the lyrics in text form, but I found these sites that let you download sound samples:

T. Texas Tyler.

The Johnson Family Singers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: Louie Roy
Date: 07 Nov 00 - 01:44 PM

Jim Dixon,Thanks Jim for the help maybe I can return the favor some time Louie Roy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Nov 00 - 04:45 PM

"Pay it forward" when you get the chance.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN THE WHITE AZALEAS START BLOOMING
From: GUEST,Azalea John
Date: 07 Nov 00 - 08:39 PM

Here is the text of White Azaleas as recorded by country singer George Morgan, some time in the 1950's:

When the white azaleas start blooming
I'll come back to you
When spring's in the air
With its freshness so rare
We'll make our dreams come true

When the white azaleas start blooming
Up in the mountains so high
We'll build a nest
Where we'll find happiness
Sweetheart for only you and I

That's it, just two verses. I don't know if there's more that Morgan didn't sing. The song appears on an old Columbia LP titled, "Morgan, by George!" on Columbia. (Late '50's) Authorship is indeed attributed to Bob Miller.

George Morgan was a rather talented, mellow-voiced and very under-appreciated country singer whose career covered the late forties into the early sixties (I think). He's best known for his theme song, "Candy Kisses" which he wrote and recorded in 1948. That song was recorded by many others and I think was a crossover hit in the pop music field. I don't know if any of Morgan's recordings have made it onto CD.

Regards,
John

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: Louie Roy
Date: 07 Nov 00 - 11:44 PM

Azalea John,Thank you for your timely reply with the words to When the white azalea start blooming Louie Roy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 11:37 AM

11 years after ... i have just heard this song on BBC radio 4 today sung in its original language. I didn't hear which language it was but it sounded an obscure one - perhaps a native American language?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 12:34 PM

It was on this programme.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: Mo the caller
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 03:14 PM

Yes, I heard that too. I assumed it was a song from that tradition, who borrowed from whom?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 05:35 PM

The song "When the White Azaleas Start Blooming," was written by Frank Luther (Crow), 1899-1980.

(sometimes attributed to Bob Miller).
Luther also wrote "The Old Spinning Wheel" and "Seven Years with the Wrong Woman."
His wife, Zora Layman, had a hit with Bob Miller's orchestra and his "Seven Years with the Wrong Man."

See Wikipedia article, Frank Luther.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 04:22 AM

That sort of confirms my feelings about the origins. When I heard the lady singing the English version, I thought it was pretty obvious that it was a country song, and had been written in English originally.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: Mo the caller
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 09:39 AM

What a shame that when someone came to make a radio programme about their language they didn't have a song from their own culture to sing.
No wonder the language is becoming extinct.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Where Or When the White Azaleas Star
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 02:23 PM

Yesireebobtail, sung in the American language.


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