The song Adios was written by Eddie Woods, set to music penned by Enric Madriguera and was first released by Tony Pastor & His Orchestra in 1941. In that same year, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded a hit version of the song. As far as the Billboard charts are concerned, the song did not surface again until 1952 when Gisele MacKenzie recorded the song, backed by Buddy Cole and his Orchestra.
The song tells of the anguish of saying “Adios” – goodbye. The person leaving (it could be either a man or a woman) speaks of the fond memories of what used to be in their relationship. At he end of the song, there is a note of hope that the person who left and said “Adios” will return and there will be no more goodbyes.
Enric (sometimes Enrique) Madriguera wrote the music for the song. He was a violinist of Catalan origin who was playing concerts as a child before he studied at the Barcelona Conservatory. In the late 1920s, Madriguera played in Ben Selvin’s studio orchestra at Columbia Records in New York, and served briefly as that company’s director of Latin music recording. In 1932, he began his own orchestra at the Biltmore Hotel, which recorded for Columbia until 1934. His music at this period was mostly Anglo-American dance or foxtrot, frequently jazz-inflected, although he had a modest hit with his rumba rendition of Carioca (1934). By the 1940s, he was recording Latin American music almost exclusively. (His composition Adios became a national hit in 1941.) Madriguera appeared in a number of “musical shorts” including Enric Madriguera and his Orchestra in 1946 where he performed a number of songs including some that featured his vocalist-wife Patricia Gilmore.
Words by Eddie Woods
Music by Enric Madriguera
Adios, in leaving you, it grieves me to say adios,
I’ll be so lonely, for you only
I sigh and cry my adios,
Adios to you.
And in this heart, is mem’ry of what used to be
Dear, for you and me set apart
Moon watching and waiting above
Soon it will be blessing our love.
Adios for happy endings I’ll return, dear to you
With a love true, no more bid you adios.
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (instrumental version, charted in 1941 and again in 1948)
Gisele MacKenzie (Buddy Cole Orchestra –Buddy Cole, organ solo)
OTHER POPULAR VERSIONS
Enric Madriguera and His Orchestra
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (vocals by Jerri Winters)
Billy May and his Orchestra
Esquivel and his Orchestra
Don Costa and His Orchestra
Paul Weston and His Orchestra
Julie London (Ernie Freeman and His Orchestra)
Rosemary Clooney and Perez Prado Orchestra
The Andrews Sisters (Skip Martin and His Orchestra)