"J'attendrai" (French for "I Will Wait") is a French popular song recorded by Rina Ketty in 1938. It is a translation of the Italian song "Tornerai" (Italian for "You Will Return") composed by Dino Olivieri (music) and Nino Rastelli (lyrics) in 1933, inspired from the Humming Chorus of Puccini's Opera "Madame Butterfly" ; the French lyrics were written by Louis Poterat. The song was also recorded in German under the title "Komm zurück", in Czech as "Věřím vám", in Swedish as Blott för dig, in Polish as "Czekam cię" (with lyrics translated by Andrzej Włast) and in Lithuania as "Ak, sugrįžk" (with lyrics translated by Adelė Lenartavičienė).
Achieving great popularity in its day, the song has since come to be seen as emblematic of the start of World War II.
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French singer Raquel Bitton sings "J'attendrai" on her album Boleros.
Polish cover of this song, titled "Czekam cię", with lyrics by Andrzej Włast, was recorded twice by Mieczysław Fogg - first recording was made in 1939 and released by Syrena Rekord under catalog number 2294. Second rendition of this song was recorded about 1961 as a part of medley, and was issued on several LPs.
A more recent popular version was recorded by Dalida for her 1975 album J'attendrai. The following year, she covered the song again for her disco album Coup de chapeau au passé: that version reached the Dutch charts on February 21, 1976. It spent 4 weeks on the charts and as # 9 in 1 week.
In 2010 Greek singer Vicky Leandros recorded this song in a new German version titled "Wenn Du Gehst" (When you leave) which is included in her album "Zeitlos" ( Timeless )
Other artists and usage in popular culture
The Rina Ketty recording appears in the German movie Das Boot or The Boat by Wolfgang Petersen starring Jürgen Prochnow. The commander asks the hydrophone operator to play it during a quiet moment on patrol.
The intro of J'attendrai is also heard in a sleeping quarters of the underground barracks of Fort Eben-Emael. The room shows visitors what sleeping quarters of regular soldiers looked like in 1940, when Belgium was attacked by Nazi-Germany.
- LEO Dict: declination table of attendre
- LEO Dict: declination table of tornare
- IMDB: Dino Olivieri
- Rina Ketty: profile
- Tomasz Lerski (2004). Syrena Record - pierwsza polska wytwórnia fonograficzna - Poland's first recording company - 1904-1939. New York, Warszawa: Karin. Label of company from 1920 to 1929 ISBN 978-83-917189-0-2.
- L0351 by Polskie Nagrania "Muza"
- XL0272 by Polskie Nagrania "Muza"
- PNCD0662 by Polskie Nagrania "Muza"
- dutchcharts.nl - Dalida - J'attendrai
- Video on YouTube