All Alone Am I
|"All Alone Am I"|
|Single by Brenda Lee|
|from the album All Alone Am I|
|B-side||"Save All Your Lovin' For Me"|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
|Writer(s)||Arthur Altman (words-English), Manos Hadjidakis (music)|
"All Alone Am I" is a song from 1962 (see 1962 in music) popularized by the American singer Brenda Lee. The song was originally composed by the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis and recorded in Greek by Tzeni Karezi for the soundtrack of the film To nisi ton genneon (The Island of the Brave); the original song in Greek is titled "Μην τον ρωτάς τον ουρανό" ("Min ton rotas ton ourano", translation: "Don't ask the sky"). Later, a new version of the song with English lyrics was produced by Owen Bradley and appeared as the title track on one of Lee's albums. The song is written in the key of F major, but begins on the sub-dominant B-flat Major 7th chord.
"All Alone Am I" became a top 10 pop hit in both the US and the UK. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1962 and number seven on the UK Singles Chart in February 1963. The song also spent five weeks atop the US Billboard easy listening chart in November and December 1962, Lee's only song to do so. The B-side to the single, "Save All Your Lovin' For Me", reached number 53 on the US pop chart.
In 1960, the Greek film Never on Sunday was released to considerable acclaim, earning multiple Academy Award nominations in the US. The film's star, Melina Mercouri, was nominated for Best Actress, while the title song from the film won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Greek musician Manos Hatzidakis, who had composed the music used in the film. A melody that appeared in both Never on Sunday and The Island of the Brave was sent to Lee's management as a tune to be considered for the singer to record, and after being translated into English by Arthur Altman, became "All Alone Am I".
Isannide and H. Ithier composed a new French lyric for the song; the French version, C'est Joli la Mer, was recorded by several artists, such as Nana Mouskouri; as well Finnish singer Carola Standertskjöld recorded it (with some changes to the lyrics) for the soundtrack of the film The Cold Old Days in 1965. The movie won the Golden Rose of the Montreaux Film Festival.
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