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Songs that became hits in America sung in a foreign language

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Jun 8, 2003.

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  1. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    The following had chart hits with "Love Me With All Your heart"

    Steve Allen-#85 in 1963-Quando Calinte El Sol

    Ray Charles Singers-#3-1964


    I believe the version your referring too Steve is the Steve Allen version-
    Quando Calinte El Sol, which really is "When The Sun Is Hot"
    The English version of the tune is called "Love Me With All Your Heart"
  2. Grant

    Grant A Musical Free-Spirit

    Eres Tu (Touch The Wind)-Mocedades

    from 1974
  3. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

    Beaver Stadium
    Although not their best-known song, The Police's "Hungry For You" is sung mostly in French. Also, Falco wrote "Der Kommissar" and performed it in German.

    Nena's "99 Luftballoons" was mentioned here, but remember that she also did "99 Red Balloons" in English, which was very popular in the US. Also, After The Fire's cover of "Der Kommissar" in English is probably better-known in the US than Falco's original recording in German.
  4. proufo

    proufo Active Member

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Cuando Calienta el Sol written/sung by Los Hermanos Rigual (Rigual brothers) from Cuba.

    That's the original version, a hit in Spanish too. More than a hit, an eternal song.


    Maybe a cover was the USA hit, as it was covered by many.

    Later: Did a search and Trini López recorded it. Maybe that's the one that was popular in the US.
  5. proufo

    proufo Active Member

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Was "Never on Sunday" a hit in the US, sung in its original Greek?
  6. proufo

    proufo Active Member

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Snippets in Spanish:

    Bésame Mucho by everybody, including the Beatles.

    Que sera, sera by Doris Day. Pig Spanish really.
  7. Did the Gipsy Kings' "Bamboleo" chart in the US? I remember them playing Saturday Night Live with it in the late 80's, making them somewhat of a household name as far as international acts.
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al Forum Resident

    Long Island, NY
    I need some help here with title/artist as my French is non-existant, Je'Te (????) by (???)? A sexy french single - discussed on these boards about a year back. Good looking singer too - -

    Someone here knows what I'm talking about!
  9. Jimbo

    Jimbo Forum Hall Of Fame

    Zero/Zero Island
    Al: You're probably thinking of "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus" by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. Covered by many other singers.
  10. mcow1

    mcow1 Sommelier Gort

    Orange County, CA
    Didn't Claudine Longet have a couple sung in French?
  11. jgrig0

    jgrig0 Active Member

    Eres Tu

    Eres Tu by ?????? was a hit here around 74
  12. jgrig0

    jgrig0 Active Member

    I forgot;

    Mas Que Nada by Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66
  13. Craig

    Craig (unspecified) Staff

    North of Seattle
    Did Plastic Bertrand "Ca plane pour moi" chart is the US? I always loved that one. Don't have clue what it was about, but that makes no difference....
  14. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Music Mastering Your Host Thread Starter

    This existance is for me. That is how I translate the title in my high school French. It must have charted; I bought the Sire 45 at Tower....
  15. Ed Bishop

    Ed Bishop Holding Pattern

    It did; didn't get very high, but a fine record, better than a lot out at the time.

    The loose translation could also be "This is the life for me," but I'm a long way from my high school French, too. :D

  16. Mike

    Mike New Member

    New Jersey
    The Ketchup Song (Asereje) - Las Ketchup
  17. Ed Bishop

    Ed Bishop Holding Pattern

    Re: Eres Tu

    Mocedades, from Spain, on the Paramount-distributed Tara label. Grant had posted that previously. Along with Los Bravos("Black Is Black")and Miguel Rios("A Song Of Joy"), I can't think, offhand, of any other Spaniards who have had a significant hit in the U.S.

    Only one in the US: her cover of Paul Mauriat's "Love Is Blue." Otherwise, her US chart singles were sung in English.

  18. chip-hp

    chip-hp Cool Cat

    Dallas, TX
    I don't know if it is the US version, cuz I had never heard the song before ... but it appears on 'Hey! Look What I Found - Vol. 10'.

    Didn't 'Little' Peggy March do a whole LP in german?
  19. Mike

    Mike New Member

    New Jersey
    Re: Re: Eres Tu

    Las Ketchup! :D I'm pretty sure it went Top 40, but I don't know how high it got. It wasn't the massive hit that was anticipated though. :sigh:
  20. Ed Bishop

    Ed Bishop Holding Pattern

    She did, for RCA International, IIRC. I'll have to dig it out sometime, a mono copy is lurking somewhere....:)

  21. chip-hp

    chip-hp Cool Cat

    Dallas, TX
    C'est Si Bon (It's So Good) - - Eartha Kitt
  22. chip-hp

    chip-hp Cool Cat

    Dallas, TX
    'Sie Liebt Dich (She loves You)' scraped the bottom of the chart at #97 in June, '64.
  23. sprocket

    sprocket Well-Known Member

    Shafter, Ca
    The only two that I could think of (and yes I know they have already been posted)were:
    Eres tu
    99 Red Ballons in German.

    Wait a minute.....what about that 2 yr old singing french kid.....I think the song was "Oh Baby".

    What about "La Do Da" by Journey? Is gibberish a foreign language?

    April Wine's "Just Between You and Me" has that line sung in french at one point. Does that count?

  24. Casino

    Casino New Member

    I know many of the songs mentioned above, but as a doo-wop fan, I've come across the following linguistics, but not sure what language they are derived from:


    "Rama lama ding dong."



    "Wep-wep doom, ba-doom, ba doom, ba doom."

    Not sure what it means after all these years, but sure do like the stuff...

    (So who was it that put the "bomp" in the "bomp-bomp-bomp-a-bomp?")
  25. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    My Wife is into Doo-Wop too! She definetly knows her stuff! She has tons of Doo-Wop Cee Dee's...she's also a Motown fan from way back...
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