The earliest known version is found in Christy's Plantation Melodies. Christy was the founder of the blackface minstrel show known as the Christy's Minstrels. Like most minstrel songs, the lyrics are written in a cross between a parody of a generic creole dialect historically attributed to African-Americans and standard American English.
The soundtrack to the TV miniseries James A. Michener's Texas dates a version of the song to June 2, and co-credits both the authorship and performance to Gene Autry and Jimmy Long.
Stan Freberg had a simultaneous hit of a parody version in which the bandleader warred with the snare drummer, Alvin Stollerwho also featured prominently in Miller's arrangement. Billboard ranked Miller's version as the No. The "Dearest Mae" and "Rosa Lee" referenced in the song are the titles of two other songs also appearing in Christy's Minstrels songbooks.
Twenty-five years later, the lyrics were changed to eliminate the more racially specific lyrics, with "soldier" replacing "darkey"; and the first line of the chorus, "She's the sweetest rose of color" a reference to the African-European free people of color changed to "She's the sweetest little flower In Septemberfor six weeks, Mitch Miller had a Billboard number one hit with "The Yellow Rose of Texas",  and 13 months later, Miller's hit version was used for a key scene in the Texas-based film Giant.
Miller's lyrics used "rosebud" and no words - except the term "yellow" - to indicate either Rose or the singer was a person of color. The song achieved the 2 position in the UK and the 1 position in Australia.
The modified lyrics reference famous Confederate military commanders Joseph JohnstonP. Beauregardand Robert E. Texan veterans sang it openly to mock Hood's mishandling of their Nashville campaign. In this version of the chorus, "soldier" replaced "darkey. It was a Number One country hit that year. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: The Yellow Rose song. Texas portal. American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August Archived from the original on Top 40 Hits to present.
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