1097 America – Rory Storm And The Hurricanes (1964)

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Rory Storm And The Hurricanes.

Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote this song for the 1957 musical West Side Story. It was recorded by Rory Storm And The Hurricanes in 1964. It was recorded at IBC Studios and was produced by Brian Epstein. Ringo Starr plays percussion and sings backing vocals on the recording. America was released as a single on the Parlophone label with Since You Broke My Heart on the B-side. It failed to chart.

0635 America – Rita Moreno, Suzie Kaye, George Chakiris and Yvonne Wilde (1961)

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Rita Moreno.

This song was written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim for the musical West Side Story. The musical premièred on Broadway in 1957. The film adaptation was released in 1961. The song was first recorded in 1957 by Marilyn Cooper,Chita Rivera and The Shark Girls. The film version was recorded by Rita Moreno, Suzie Kaye, George Chakiris and Yvonne Wilde in 1961. It was released on the album West Side Story (Original Sound Track Recording). America has also been recorded by Trini Lopez and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Rory Storm and The Hurricanes recorded the song in 1964. It was released as a single with Since You Broke My Heart on the B-side. The song was produced by Brian Epstein and features Ringo Starr on percussion and backing vocals.

Now Hear This : America – Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (1964)