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I am a long time lover of instrumental rock’n’roll, starting way back in the sixties listening to the Ventures and — thanks to my British relatives, the Shadows. In recent years, one of my recurring activities has been to arrange and record some of this terrific, old-time rock’n’roll.

Today, that song, arrangement and recording is “Perfidia”, based on the Ventures version. This tune was one of the Venture’s biggest hits, peaking at #15 on the Billboard charts in 1960.



Spanish for “perfidy”, as in faithlessness, treachery or betrayal, “Perfidia” was written by Alberto Domínguez (1911–1975), a Mexican composer and arranger. A much covered song in its Spanish, English and instrumental versions, “Perfidia” has been recorded by Julie London, The Four Aces, Charlie Parker, Laurel Mel Tormé, Glenn Miller, The Shadows, The Ventures, Trini Lopez, Linda Ronstadt (in Spanish and English), Nat King Cole, Cliff Richard, Lawrence Welk, Freddy Fender, Andrea Bocelli, Ray Conniff and Ben E. King. Quite a range of artists there.

The bouncy good feeling of the Ventures and my arrangements belie the nature of the title and its lyrics:

To you, my heart cries out Perfidia
For I found you, the love my life
In somebody else’s arms

Your eyes, are echoing Perfidia
Forgetful of the promise of love
You’re shared another’s charms

With a sad lament my dreams
Are faded like a broken melody
While the Gods of love look down and laugh
At what romantic fools, we mortals be

And now, I know my love was not for you
And so I’ll take it back with a sigh
Perfidia’s one goodbye

My arrangement is for guitar, bass and drums. I played the guitar and bass parts, and programmed the drums using loops.


April 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

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