Quando, Quando, Quando

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"Quando, Quando, Quando"
("When, When, When?")
Music byTony Renis
Lyrics byAlberto Testa (original in Italian), José Socrates (Portuguese), Ervin Drake (English), Joseph Hieu (Vietnamese), Jo Marcel (Vietnamese), Heldur Karmo (Estonian)
Published1962 (Italian and English versions)
LanguageItalian, English, Portuguese, German, Spanish and Vietnamese
Original artistTony Renis
Recorded byTony Renis, Engelbert Humperdinck
 
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"Quando, Quando, Quando"
("When, When, When?")
Music byTony Renis
Lyrics byAlberto Testa (original in Italian), José Socrates (Portuguese), Ervin Drake (English), Joseph Hieu (Vietnamese), Jo Marcel (Vietnamese), Heldur Karmo (Estonian)
Published1962 (Italian and English versions)
LanguageItalian, English, Portuguese, German, Spanish and Vietnamese
Original artistTony Renis
Recorded byTony Renis, Engelbert Humperdinck

"Quando, Quando, Quando" is an Italian pop song from 1962, in the bossa nova style, with music written by Tony Renis and lyrics by Alberto Testa. The song, originally recorded in two different versions by Tony Renis and Emilio Pericoli, competed in the Sanremo Music Festival in 1962, where it placed fourth, and later became a commercial success in Italy, topping the Musica e Dischi singles chart.[1] American entertainer Pat Boone, who recorded the song in 1962, sang the English lyrics written by 1983 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Ervin Drake.[2] On April 25, 2014 the song was performed live by Joe Sirola (film actor) at the 95th Birthday Celebration honoring Ervin Drake at the historic Landmark Theater in New York.

English language versions[edit]

The title translates as "When, When, When".

The song has been used and remixed by many artists and in many different arrangements. The most notable rendition in English was by pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck. In 2005, Michael Bublé performed the song as a duet with Nelly Furtado. There is an instrumental Latin version by Edgardo Cintron and The Tiempos Noventa Orchestra. The song was a 1962 Billboard Top 100 entry by Pat Boone.

Quando is the only Italian word normally retained in most English-language renditions of the song.

Pat Boone sang the starting piece in Italian but then carried on the rest of it in English, repeating every now and again some Italian words. The Italian words sung by Boone:

Dimmi quando tu verrai,
dimmi quando... quando... quando...
l'anno, il giorno e l'ora in cui
forse tu mi bacerai...

(Boone says "qui" which means "here" instead of "cui" which means "that").

Other singers:

Other versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Music Week - Hits of the World". Billboard. 31 March 1962. p. 15. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "ASCAP". 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com Sergio Franchi