This is an online fiddle lesson for the country song "San Antonio Rose" by Bob Wills.
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Keys of G and A
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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing and singing the country song "San Antonio Rose."
"San Antonio Rose"/"New San Antonio Rose" was the signature song of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.
"When I was a very young man, I was living in Roy, New Mexico, working as a barber and playing for dancers on Saturday night. Since most of the population of Roy was Mexican, I wrote a tune for them to dance to and called it 'Spanish Two-Step.' When I did my first recording session with Columbia in 1935, 'Spanish Two-Step' was one of the tunes I recorded. On November 28, 1938, I went to Dallas to record again for Columbia. After we cut several tunes, uncle Art Satherley, who was the A & R man on this session, asked me if I had another tune like 'Spanish Two-Step.' I said, 'No, I don't but if you give me a few minutes, maybe I can come up with something.' In a few minutes I had written and recorded the tune. Uncle Art asked me what I wanted to name the tune. I told him I didn't know. So he said, 'Let's name it "San Antonio Rose."' This was an instrumental and it sold very well. The recording company asked me to record it again with lyrics. I worked for two years before finally finishing the words and recorded 'New San Antonio Rose' in April 1940." -Bob Wills
"New San Antonio Rose" was the first national hit by Bob Wills and His Playboys, propelling them from their Southwestern fame to national notice. The most successful recording was made by Bing Crosby with Bob Crosby and the Bob Cats in 1940 - over a million copies were sold for which Bing was awarded a gold disc.
source: wikipedia, countrymusictreasures.com
San Antonio Rose Deep within my heart lies a melody A song of old San Antone Where in dreams I live with a memory Beneath the stars all alone. It was there I found beside the Alamo Enchantment strange as the blue up above A moonlit pass that only she would know Still hears my broken song of love. Moon in all your splendor knows only my heart Call back my Rose, Rose of San Antone Lips so sweet and tender like petals falling apart Speak once again of my love, my own. Broken song, empty words I know Still live in my heart all alone For that moonlit pass by the Alamo And Rose, my Rose of San Antone.