This was originally a Chinese song and appears to have been the only one to have charted in the United States in the 20th
Century. Its original title was "Méigui Méigui Wǒ Ài Nǐ" (or 玫瑰玫瑰我愛你); it was composed by Chén Gēxīn and written by Wú Cūn. It has been widely recorded including in Cantonese.
Also known as "Shanghai Rose" and "China Rose", the English translation has little in common with the original Mandarin recording of 1940 by Yao Lee. The English lyric is by Wilfrid Coad Thomas. The Frankie Laine recording on Columbia with the Norman Luboff Choir was recorded in April 1951; it was the B-side of "Jezebel."
Alexander Baron - London, England