Songwriter Bobby Worth borrowed Puccini's "Musetta's Waltz" melody from his opera "La Boheme" and created a smash hit for Della Reese.
This song was Della's biggest single hit ever.
The extraordinarily talented Ms. Reese started in show business as a singer (discovered by Mahalia Jackson), and later branched out into acting ("Touched By An Angel", "Chico And The Man", "The Royal Family", etc.).
This wonderful performance by Della was featured in the film "A Bronx Tale". Produced by Hugo and Luigi. Orchestra under the direction of Glenn Osser.
Delloreese Patricia Early, known professionally as Della Reese (born July 6, 1931), is an American actress, singer, game show panelist of the 1970s, one-time talk-show hostess andordained minister.
She started her career in the 1950s as a gospel, pop and jazz singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single
I remember, I was only 8 and my dad was 59, three years before he passed away...we were in Sears Roebuck and he heard this song playing...they had record players playing new songs in those days in the music department...his ears perked up and he said how beautiful it was, and purchased he 45.
It's the only record I ever remember him buying.
He loved my mother so much, he played it over and over at our house.
Bless my dear parents; they were wonderful.
Now I'm thinking about the smell of Sears popcorn!
One of the best adaptations from classical to popular music,"Don't You Know?" was a major hit for Della Reese in 1959.
It was adapted from the aria, "Muzetta's Waltz," from Puccini's La Boheme by songwriter Bobby Worth.
The song was released on RCA Records and reached #2 on the US Pop charts and #1 on the US R&B charts.
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