rudolph valentino

rudolph valentino

Nat Shilkret & Revelers - The Riff Song 1927 Silent Movie Star Rudolph Valentino Tribute

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Nat Shilkret Victor Orchestra (vocal: The Revelers) Victor 20373 - This Song Version Peaked On US Music Charts At #9 in 1927. From the Broadway Operetta "The Desert Song (1926) Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 -- August 23, 1926) was an Italian actor, and early pop icon. A sex symbol of the 1920s, Valentino was known as the "Latin Lover". He starred in several well known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle and Son of the Sheik. His sudden death at age 31 caused mass hysteria among his female fans, propelling him into icon status. Though his films are not as well known today, his name is still widely known. An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of New York City to pay their respects at his funeral, handled by the Frank Campbell Funeral Home. The event was a drama itself: Suicides of despondent fans were reported. Windows were smashed as fans tried to get in and an all day riot erupted on August 24. Over 100 Mounted officers and NYPD's Police Reserve was deployed to restore order. A phalanx of officers would line the streets for the remainder of the viewing. The drama inside would not be outdone. Polish Actress Pola Negri, claiming to be Valentino's fiancee, collapsed in hysterics while standing over the coffin, and Campbell's hired four actors to impersonate a Fascist Blackshirt honor guard, which claimed to have been sent by Benito Mussolini. It was later revealed as a planned publicity stunt. Media reports that the body on display in the main salon was not Valentino but a decoy were continually denied by Campbell. Lyrics: Over the ground there comes a sound It is the drum, drum, drum of hoofbeats in the sand Quiver with fear if you are near It is the thunder of The Shadow and his Band (And all who plunder learn to understand) (To understand the cry of.....) Ho! So we sing as we are riding Ho! It's a time you'd best be hiding Low It means the Riffs are abroad Go Before you've bitten the sword Ho! That's the sound that comes to warn you So! In the night or early morn, you know If you're The Red Shadow's foe The Riffs will strike with a blow That brings you woe! No darkest night can bring respite For still the drum, drum, drum of hoofbearts in the air No flying steed could match in speed The swiftness of The Shadow's vengeance drawing near Fear grips the heart, when they the message hear As clarion clear the challenge Ho! So we sing as we are riding Ho! It's a time you'd best be hiding Low It means the Riffs are abroad Go Before you've bitten the sword Ho! That's the sound that comes to warn you So! In the night or early morn, you know If you're The Red Shadow's foe The Riffs will strike with a blow That brings you woe!