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    Paul Francis Webster wrote the lyrics for “Loveliest Night of the Year,” the adaptation of “Sobre Las Olas” written for the 1950 film “The Great Caruso.” (the musical adaptation was by Irving Aronson.) Mario Lanza had nothing to do with it except for singing it. Almost everyone I know in my age group (I’m 62) from NYC seems to know this “song” and since we all claim our parents or grandparents taught it to us (some claiming they created it) it probably dates back to at least the 50s when “Sobre las Olas” became “Loveliest Night of the Year.” But “Sobre Las Olas” had been used in the circus for decades before that. and someone could have easily written the parody lyrics perhaps sometime between 1931 when the bridge was first opened and 1962 when the lower level was opened (though I’m sure I was singing it before that.)

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