Pianist/composer/bandleader Earl “Fatha” Hines first recorded “Rosetta” with his orchestra on February 13, 1933, then again on September 24, 1934. The lyric was written by his band’s arranger Henri Woode.
The song was featured in the 1976 Broadway musical Bubbling Brown Sugar which ran for 766 performances. The Henry “Red” Allen All-Stars’ performance of “Rosetta” on the landmark TV program The Sound of Jazz in 1958 can now be seen on the DVD Jazz Masters: Vintage Collection 1958-61.
Hines led Chicago’s top band which at various times featured soon-to-be greats Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Billy Eckstine, and Sarah Vaughan. He was also the composer of “You Can Depend on Me,” “Deep Forest,” “My Monday Date,” “Stormy Monday” (not to be confused with the T-Bone Walker composition), and “Jelly Jelly,” the latter two hits for the Hines band with vocalist Eckstine. But Hines, who had aspired to a concert career, was best known as a piano virtuoso, and his recordings with Louis Armstrong in the late 1920’s are considered classic. He is the first of the modern pianists and his influence extends from Nat “King” Cole and Art Tatum onward. He broke with the stride players and developed his own dazzling style which Armstrong praised as trumpet-like.
Rosetta, my Rosetta, In my heart, dear, there's no-one but you! For you told me that you loved me, Never leave me for somebody new!
You made my whole life a dream, And I prayed that you'd make it all come true. Rosetta, my Rosetta, Please say that I'm just the one, dear, for you!
Rosetta, my Rosetta, In my heart, dear, there's no-one but you! For you told me that you love me, Never leave me for somebody new!
You made my whole life a dream, And I pray that you make it all come true. Rosetta, my Rosetta, Please say that I'm just the one, dear, for you!