The song “San Antonio Rose” is an instrumental song composed by the king of Western Swing “Bob Wills”.
Bob Wills, along with the Texas Playbosys, recorded it several times, the first one on November 28, 1938.
The song has become one of the great successes of Bob Wills. In 1939 the single climbed onto the national pop charts (country charts were not established until 1944) and peaked at # 15.
That same year Bob, Tommy Duncan and an associate named Everett Stone sat down and wrote the lyrics for the song.
In 1940 they recorded again the song with Okeh Records, but this time, they put the lyrics to the song. So was born “New San Antonio Rose” .This version proved to be Bob’s biggest pop hit ever, topping out at # 11.
In 1944 “New San Antonio Rose” returned to the Billboard country chart, reaching number 3.
“San Antonio Rose” And “New San Antonio Rose” has been recorded by many artists.
“San Antonio Rose”
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 1939
Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers October 1939
Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra 1957
Floyd Cramer March 1961
The Ventures 1963
Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys 1964
Herb Remington 1976
Jim Hendricks 1993
The Bayou Pickers February 15, 1995
The Quebe Sisters September 9, 2003
Charlie McCoy 2003
Jason Coleman 2006
“New San Antonio Rose”
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys August 1940
Bing Crosby and His Orchestra 1941
Tex Ritter June 1946
Sons of the Pioneers February 1951
Pee Wee King and His Band October 1952
Tommy Duncan April 1955
The Diamonds 1959
Patsy Cline November 27, 1961
Ray Price May 1962
Willie Nelson March 1966
Merle Haggard November 16, 1970
Asleep at the Wheel 1988
Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition 2008
San Antonio Rose The Cactus Blossoms 2013
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – 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 path 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 fallin’ 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