- Sway (song)
"Sway" is the English version of "¿Quién será?", a 1953 mambo song by Mexican composer and bandleader Pablo Beltrán Ruiz. The most famous version is that of Dean Martin recorded in 1954. English lyrics are by Norman Gimbel. Since then the song has been recorded and remixed by many artists (see discography below).
"¿Quién será?" by Pablo Beltrán Y Su Orchestra
"¿Quién será?" Single by Pablo Beltrán Y Su Orchestra Released 1954 Recorded 1953 Genre Big band, pop Writer(s) Pablo Beltrán Ruiz
"¿Quién será?" is a Spanish song written and recorded by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz.
Dean Martin version
"Sway" Single by Dean Martin Released 1954 Recorded 1954 Genre Big band, pop Writer(s) Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (music)
Norman Gimbel (lyrics)
In 1954 the English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel and recorded by Dean Martin (his recording reached number fifteen on the Billboard magazine best-seller chart and number six on the UK chart).
- Chart performance
Chart (1954) Peak
Billboard US Hot 100 16 UK Singles Chart 6
Michael Bublé version
"Sway" Single by Michael Bublé from the album Michael Bublé Released July 22, 2004 Format CD single, digital download Recorded 2004 Genre Adult contemporary, Latin pop, Cuban jazz Length 3:08 Label 143, Reprise Writer(s) Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, Norman Gimbel Michael Bublé singles chronology "Spider-Man Theme"
"Sway" was released as the fourth and final from Michael Bublé's self-titled debut album in 2004. The physical single was released on July 22, 2004. The song has been used in Las Vegas, CSI: NY, Malcolm in the Middle, The Wedding Date and No Reservations. In many other countries, "Sway" was released as a double A-side with "Spiderman Theme", which was the album's third single. "Sway" was only released as a separate single in Australia.
- Australian CD Single
- "Sway" (Junkie XL Mix) - 3:46
- "Sway" (Album Version) - 3:08
- "Moondance" (Live) - 3:45
Chart (2004) Peak
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 24 Australian ARIA Charts 15 Polish Singles Chart 46
Selective list of recorded versions
- 1953 - Pablo Beltrán Y Su Orchestra (in Spanish)
- 1954 - Dean Martin, on Capitol Records, catalog number 2818, US 15, UK 6
- English versions
"¿Quién será?" and "Sway" have been recorded dozens of times by many artists over the decades. This is merely a select list of popular recordings, not a comprehensive listing.
- 1954 - Eileen Barton, on Coral Records, catalog number 61185, backed with "When Mama Calls"
- 1959 - Rosemary Clooney and Perez Prado, from A Touch of Tabasco
- 1960 - Bobby Rydell, Capitol Recording Studios, NYC
- 1961 - Ben E. King, from Spanish Harlem
- 1963 - Cliff Richard, from When In Spain
- 1963 - Julie London, from Latin in a Satin Mood
- 1997 - Brent Spiner, from the soundtrack of the movie Out to Sea
- 1998 - Anita Kelsey, from the movie Dark City
- 1999 - Shaft, titled "(Mucho Mambo) Sway"
- 2003 - Michael Bublé, from his self-titled album Michael Bublé
- 2003 - Peter Cincotti, from his self-titled album Peter Cincotti
- 2004 - Arielle Dombasle, from her 2004 album Amor Amor
- 2004 - Pussycat Dolls, from the film Shall We Dance? and their eponymous debut album PCD
- 2007 - Puppini Sisters, Betcha Bottom Dollar
- 2009 - Haifa Wehbe, a Lebanese pop star
- 2010 - Paul Byrom of Celtic Thunder, Irish folk gan roup
- 2011 - Hooshmand Aghili, Iranian Singer
- 2011 - Donald Braswell II, on his 2011 album, Unchained.
- Live renditions during song competitions
- 2007 - Melinda Doolittle on American Idol
- 2009 - Joe McElderry in UK The X Factor
- 2011 - SooYoung sang it as her solo in the 1st Japan Arena Tour
- Language versions
The song has been translated and covered in several languages. Here is a selective listing of language versions
- 1954 - Pedro Infante, ¿Quien será? in the movie "Escuela de vagabundos" - Original Version (in Spanish)
- 1954 - Olavi Virta, titled "Keinu kanssani" (in Finnish)
- 1959 - The Peanuts, titled Quién Será (キエンセラ) (in Japanese)
- 1968 - Teresa Teng, titled "盼望" (in Mandarin)
- 1973 - Sten & Stanley, titled "Äntligen" (in Swedish)
- 1976 - Ajda Pekkan, from "Kim Ne Derse Desin" (in Turkish)
- 1990 - Bjork in album Gling-Gló, as "Í dansi með þér" (in Icelandic)
- 1999 - Götz Alsmann, titled "Zuckersüß" (in German)
- 1999 - Komár László in album Mambó Lackó, as "Mexikói Karnevál" (in Hungarian)
- 2000 - Athena - Macera, from "Tam Zamanı Şimdi" (in Turkish)
- 2002 - Pedro Fernandez, ¿Quien será? (in Spanish)
- 2004 - Arielle Dombasle, titled "Quién Será (Sway)" (in Spanish)
- 2005 - Aaron Kwok, titled "飛" ("Sway") (in Cantonese)
- 2005 - Nguyễn Hưng in album Dạ Vũ, as "Ai Sẽ Là Em" (in Vietnamese)
- 2005 - Walid Soroor, titled "Yar Nazanin" (in Persian)
- 2006 - Anjelika Varum, titled "Румба" ("Rumba") (in Russian)
- 2007 - Koor in album Wust El Balaad, as "بحبك" ("Bahebak") (in Arabic)
- 2007 - Rula Zaki (an Egyptian singer), titled "قلبي دق" ("Qalbi Daq") (in Arabic)
- 2010 - Rula Zaki, in the album "Rula" (in Arabic)
- 2010 - Mohsen Namjoo, in the song (دور ایرانو خط بکش) ("Dowr-e Iran-o Khat Bekesh") in Persian)
- 2010 - Shahkar Binesh Pazhooh, in the song (وسط قلبم) ("Vasat-e Ghalbam") in Persian).
In popular culture
- 1967 - Spanish-language version "¿Quién será?" used in Su Excelencia directed by Miguel M. Delgado
- 1997 - Sung by the cruise director/M.C./performer (Brent Spiner) in the comedy film Out to Sea, starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
- 1998 - Anita Kelsey recording featured in the film Dark City. The song is lip-synched by Jennifer Connelly's character as a lounge act.
- 2000 - Used in Sexy Beast, British film directed by Jonathan Glazer
- 2004 - The film First Daughter directed by Forest Whitaker
- 2004 - An episode of Malcolm in the Middle
- 2005 - The Michael Bublé version appeared in "The Wedding Date", starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney.
- 2006 - Sway is heavily sampled in the Tech N9ne Song; "Welcome to the Midwest"
- 2008 - Rosemary Clooney version of the song used in the film Paris directed by Cédric Klapisch
- 2008 - Instrumental played in background in the film Revolutionary Road directed by Sam Mendes.
- 2009 - Recorded by Sylvia Brooks on her Dangerous Liaisons album which was released in 2009.
- 2010 - 10th episode of 6th season of House MD
- 2010 - An episode of "Glee (TV series) (02X08 - Furt)" Sung by Matthew Morrison
- 2010 - Repo Men Perez Prado ft. Rosemary Clooney version
- 2010 - Featured in Just Dance 2 for the wii
- 2010 - Sway can be heard in the background of Red Letter Media's Star Wars "Sith" Review
- 2011 - Sooyoung of the Korean girl group Girls' Generation sang the song as her solo number as part of Girls' Generation's two 2011 tours The 1st Japan Arena Tour and the Girls' Generation Tour But Can't Perform Because Of Her Car Accident
- 2011 - Used in the film La Folie Almayer, a film adaptation of Joseph Conrad's first novel Almayer's Folly by Belgian director Chantal Akerman
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