The Loveliest Night of the Year

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"The Loveliest Night of the Year" is a popular song.

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 Ann Blyth. Later Mario Lanza recorded it, and it became one of the most popular songs of 1951 reaching No 3 in the US Billboard Charts.[1] Lanza received his third Gold Disc for this song.[citation needed]

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

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  1. ^ The Hits of 1951
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