|Single by ABBA|
|from the album Voulez-Vous|
|Released||16 January 1979 (Sweden)
26 January 1979 (UK)
10 November 1979 (US)
|Recorded||13 December 1978 at Polar Music Studio|
|Certification||Gold (UK), Gold (Netherlands), Gold (NZ)|
|ABBA singles chronology|
"Chiquitita" (a Spanish term of endearment for a woman meaning "little one") is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was released in January 1979 as the first single from the group's Voulez-Vous album. Originally, the track "If It Wasn't for the Nights" was going to be the album's lead single, but after "Chiquitita" was completed those plans were abandoned, and it would remain an album track.
Many preliminary versions of "Chiquitita" exist. It had working titles of "Kålsupare", "3 Wise Guys", "Chiquitita Angelina" and "In The Arms of Rosalita". A revised version, which had a sound that was influenced by the Peruvian song "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" performed by Simon and Garfunkel, was recorded in December 1978 and released as a single in January 1979.
"Chiquitita" proved to be one of ABBA's biggest hits. It was featured in a 1979 UNICEF charity event, the Music for UNICEF Concert, broadcast worldwide from the United Nations General Assembly. As a direct result of this event, ABBA donated half of all royalties from the song to UNICEF. "Chiquitita" hit #1 in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, South Africa and Rhodesia, and was a Top 5 hit in ABBA's native Sweden, the United Kingdom (peaking at #2 in both countries where Blondie's "Heart of Glass" was occupying the top spot), Australia, West Germany and Norway, making it the most successful single from the Voulez-Vous album in terms of global charts and one of the most famous charity songs ever. To this day, 50% of the proceeds from the song go to UNICEF in recognition of the "International Year of the Child" in 1979.
In Great Britain, "Chiquitita" debuted at #8 in the singles chart, making it the highest place début for any ABBA single release.
"Chiquitita" was one of the very few singles ABBA released without a custom-made video. Since then, on compilations of the group's videos, a contemporary TV performance of the song has been used. This clip was taped by the BBC for the show ABBA in Switzerland, broadcast across Europe at Easter 1979. ABBA is seen performing the song on a mountainside, with a snowman in the background. Throughout the clip, there was an obvious problem with the fan during filming, which affected Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad; her hair constantly flew in her face, and she was forced to keep moving it out of her eyes.
|Argentinian Singles Chart||7|
|Australian Kent Music Report||4|
|Austrian Singles Chart||6|
|Belgian Singles Chart||1|
|British Singles Chart||2|
|Canadian Singles Chart||17|
|Costa Rica Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Singles Chart||1|
|Finnish Singles Chart||1|
|French Singles Chart||13|
|German Singles Chart||3|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Italian Singles Chart||48|
|Japanese Singles Chart||19|
|Mexican Singles Chart||1|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||4|
|Rhodesian Singles Chart||1|
|South African Singles Chart||1|
|Spanish Singles Chart||1|
|Swedish Singles Chart||2|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||29|
- In 1979, René and Nathalie Simard from le Québec made a French cover, "Tous les enfants du monde". René Simard already had covered in French ABBA's "Fernando" on a previous album.
- In 1979, Paraguayan-Brazilian camp singer Perla covered "Chiquitita" (as "Pequenina") on her album "Pequenina". Perla already had covered ABBA's "Fernando" on a previous album.
- In 1979, Puerto Rican boy band Menudo covered the Spanish version of this song for their third studio album, also titled "Chiquitita".
- In 1980, Harangozó Teri covered the Hungarian version of this song. It is an unreleased recording of the Hungarian Radio.
- In 1993, the Croatian group Vatrogasci (Firefighters) made a parody of this song, translating it into Croatian (renaming it "Čičikita") and giving it a turbofolk arrangement.
- French pianist Richard Clayderman recorded his version, together with 14 other ABBA songs, for the 1993 studio album 'Richard Clayderman Plays ABBA'.
- A cover by Irish singer Stephen Gately can be found on the 1999 Abbamania compilation.
- A dance cover by ABBA dance tribute group Abbacadabra was released in the late 1990s through Almighty Records. It was included on the 2008 compilation We Love ABBA: The Mamma Mia Dance Compilation.
- German Eurodance group E-Rotic covered the song for their ABBA tribute album Thank You For The Music.
- A dance cover by Electric can be found on the compilation Lay All Your Love On ABBA.
- Sinéad O'Connor covered "Chiquitita" as her contribution to the compilation album Across The Bridge Of Hope – released to support the families of the Omagh bombing victims – in 1999. O'Connor's version omits the second verse of the song.
- On the tribute album ABBAMetal (also released as A Tribute to ABBA), the song is covered by German heavy metal band Spiral Tower.
- Two dance covers of the song by Donna Burke were included on the 2001 Japanese import ABBA Ibiza Caliente Mix compilation.
- The 2004 German ABBA Mania compilation featured a cover of the song by Lucy, singer of the German pop group No Angels.
- The song is covered by Edie on Abbalicious, a 2004 ABBA tribute compilation performed by various U.S. drag queens.
- A punk cover of the song was recorded by indie band Come 'n Wait for their 2005 album Rock & Dolls.
- A cover of the song by Kress can be found on the 2006 chill out music compilation ABBA Chill Out.
- German AC/DC tribute band Riff Raff recorded a cover in AC/DC style for their 2006 album Rock 'N' Roll Mutation Vol. 1: Riff Raff Performs ABBA.
- ABBA tribute act Swede Dreams recorded a cover of the song.
- A cover of the song by Finnish a cappella choral ensemble Rajaton can be found on their 2006 ABBA tribute album Rajaton Sings ABBA With Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
- U.S. group Lavender Diamond covered the song as one of the b-sides on their 2007 UK single Open Your Heart.
- A jazz/lounge music style cover of the song by Dennis Clark can be found on the 2007 compilation album El Pecado La Paloma Blanca. It was also included on the 2008 album Bossa Mia: Songs of ABBA by American group BNB.
- Spanish singer Charo recorded the song for her 1981 album Bailando Con Charo and performed it at her Bally's Reno concert in 1988.
- Spanish singer Amaia Montero (former leadsinger of pop band "La Oreja de Van Gogh" ) topped the Spanish charts with Chiquitita in December 2010
- Tejano singer Patsy Torres (San Antonio Texas) covered the song in a cumbia version on the "...bien protegida" CD.
- Kate MacLeod & Kat Eggleston included a cover of this song on their Lost and Found CD in 2011.
Live cover performances, appearances in other media, etc.
- The song is performed in the Mamma Mia! musical and film by the characters of Tanya and Rosie. In the context of the musical, Donna has been surprised by the arrival of the three possible fathers of her daughter, and the song is used by her friends in order to comfort her and to find out why she is so upset; in the film they have to coax her out of hiding. It is one of three songs not to be featured on the official soundtrack.
- Leona Lewis performed the song on the British TV show The X Factor.
- "Chiquitita" was used as the opening song for the Japanese drama Strawberry on the Shortcake.
- It was used in episode 2.04 of Queer as Folk at the end.
- Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: "ABBA: The Name of the Game", page 90. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995
- "Abba – Chiquitita". YouTube. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "Entertainment | Irish stars back bridge of hope". BBC News. 2 November 1998. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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- "Charo sings Fernando and Chiquitita at Ballys – Remastered". YouTube. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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