La Mer (song)

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For other uses, see La mer.
For English-language song using the music of "La Mer", see Beyond the Sea (song)
"La Mer"
Single by Charles Trenet
Released 1946
Writer(s) Charles Trenet
Charles Trenet singles chronology
"La Mer"
(1946)
Music video
"La Mer" on YouTube

"La Mer" is a song written by French composer, lyricist, singer and showman Charles Trenet (1913–2001).

It was not until 1946 that Trenet recorded the song. When it was released in 1946, it became an unexpected hit, and has remained a chanson classic ever since.

Other versions[edit]

The song has been subject to many interpretations in French and in many languages. Roger Williams recorded it as "La Mer (Beyond the Sea)" in 1956.[1] Charles Trénet's recording of 'La Mer' is choreographed in Matthew Bourne's 1989 ballet suite, "Infernal Galop", "a French dance with English subtitles", in which a merman seduces three matelots.

In the 1960s, a cover was done by Cliff Richard with The Shadows.[2] In 1976 Julio Iglesias recorded a live performance of the song.[3] Iglesias' performance is used as the end music for the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy directed by Tomas Alfredson. Dalida did a cover in 1978.[4]

More recent versions include e.g. the version of Kevin Kline (film, "French Kiss"-1995).[5]

Language versions[edit]

"Beyond the Sea"[edit]

Main article: Beyond the Sea (song)

English lyrics, unrelated to the French lyrics, were later written by Jack Lawrence and entitled "Beyond the Sea".

The English version has been recorded by many artists, including Benny Goodman, Mantovani, Roger Williams and Gisele MacKenzie, but Bobby Darin's version released in 1959 is the best known by many, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song reached the top 40 twice prior to the Darin version (Goodman's version in 1948, Williams's in 1955).

More recent versions include covers by Lawrence Welk, Martin Denny, Bent Thalmay, Dick Jordan, Helen Shapiro, Johnny Mathis, We Five, The Sandpipers, Sacha Distel, George Benson, Bobby Caldwell, Carol Welsman, Eric Comstock, Gene Nery, Robbie Williams, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart and Miguel Bosé.

"Il Mare"[edit]

An Italian version with lyrics by Pasquale Panella and made famous by Sergio Cammariere

"De zee"[edit]

In 1970, it was covered in Dutch by Lize Marke with lyrics by Johnny Steggerda, Jack Bess.

In 2008, it was covered in Dutch but with new lyrics Herman Pieter de Boer rather than the 1970 lyrics. It was performed as a jazz tune by Rob de Nijs.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs: Roger Williams – Roger Williams, 1956. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  2. ^ Discogs: Cliff Richard With The Shadows – Sings In French, 1963. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  3. ^ Discogs: Julio Iglesias – En El Olympia, 1976. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  4. ^ Discogs: Dalida – Dalida, 1978. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  5. ^ Discogs: French Kiss (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 1995. Retrieved 2014-06-04.

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