The song is based on a Spanish language song, "Andalucia." The music to the original song was written by Ernesto Lecuona, with Spanish lyrics by Emilio de Torre; the English language lyric was written by Al Stillman.
The Jimmy Dorsey recording, with a vocal by Bob Eberly, was released by Decca Records as catalog number 3150. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on July 20, 1940 and lasted 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.
The Caterina Valente recording for Polydor was released in England by Decca Records as catalog number 29647. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 30, 1955 and lasted 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at #13.