Aura Lee by Jim Reeves

Aura Lee

Song Information

"Aura Lea" (also known as "Aura Lee") is an American Civil War song about a maiden. It was written by W. W. Fosdick (words) and George R. Poulton (music). The Elvis Presley song "Love Me Tender" (lyric by Ken Darby) is a derivative adaptation of this song. A later Presley recording for the film The Trouble with Girls entitled "Violet (Flower of N.Y.U.)" also used the melody of "Aura Lea". There is also a version of "Aura Lea" called "Army Blue" associated with the U.S. Military Academy. The tune is sung to lyrics specific to the academy; the original lyrics to that version were by George T. Olmstead, an 1865 graduate of the academy. It is the running theme music in the background of the 1954 John Ford film The Long Gray Line. Aura Lea was memorably sung by Frances Farmer and a male chorus in the 1936 film Come and Get It, based on Edna Ferber's novel. Show video tutorial!

About the Artist

James Travis Reeves (August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964) was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter popular during the 1950s and 1960s who was well-known for being a practitioner of the new, so-called Nashville sound (a mixture of older country-style music with elements of popular music) Known as Gentleman Jim, his songs continued to score the charts for years after his death at age 40 in a private airplane crash. He was a member of the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame. Jim Reeves was born in Galloway, Texas, a small rural community near Carthage. Winning an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas, he enrolled to study speech and drama, but quit after after six weeks to work in the shipyards in Houston. Soon he resumed baseball, playing in the semi-professional leagues before contracting with the St. Louis Cardinals "farm" team during 1944 as a right-handed pitcher. He played for the minor leagues for three years before severing his sciatic nerve while pitching, which ended his athletic career.
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The Various Kinds of Piano The piano can be broadly classified into two types: the Vertical or Upright piano and the Horizontal or Grand piano. The distinction is made on the basis of the height of the piano in question and the placement of the strings. The upright piano ranges between 36 to 60 inches is usually sub divided into four types: the spinet, the console, the studio and the upright. The spinet has a height of 36 to 38 inches and a width of 58 inches. It is the smallest of pianos and is good for people living in small spaces. However, it is not usually used for professional playing piano because it has less power and accuracy and but that does not mean that it cannot be used in piano lesson and piano tutorial. The console is slightly bigger. Its height ranges between 40 and 43 inches. This kind of piano comes in various styles and hence can be made to match your furniture. The studio is the piano seen in music schools. (More...)