Never on Sunday (song)
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|"Never on Sunday"|
2002 Remastered single
|Single by Manos Hadjidakis|
|from the album Never on Sunday|
|Released||October 1, 1960|
|Label||United Artists Records|
"Never on Sunday", also known as "Ta Paidia Tou Piraia" (Greek: Τα Παιδιά του Πειραιά; English: The Children of Piraeus), is a popular song by Manos Hadjidakis. A vocal version was also released and performed by Melina Mercouri in the film of same name directed by Jules Dassin and starring Mercouri. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1960, a first for a foreign-language picture. The film score to the movie was first released on October 1, 1960 by United Artists Records. The song has since been covered by numerous artists, and has gained various degrees of success throughout the world.
"Never on Sunday" was written by Manos Hadjidakis originally in Greek with the title "Ta Paidia tou Peiraia" (The children of Piraeus). The original Greek version featured lyrics also written by Hadjidakis, and was performed in the film by Melina Mercouri. The original Greek lyrics (along with the foreign translations in German, French and Italian) tell the story of the main female character of the film, Illya (Mercouri). Illya is a jolly woman who enjoys life, the town and the people of her native Piraeus. Although she earns her money as a prostitute, she longs to meet a man someday who is just as full of joie de vivre as she is herself.
The song has been covered in a number of languages since its release:
- English: An orchestral version recorded by Don Costa reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960, then returned to the Billboard Top 40 when reissued in 1961. His version also peaked at #27 in the UK Singles Chart. Following the success of the orchestral version as well as the Oscar win, an English language version of the song was commissioned to be written especially to match the title of the film. The lyrics to the English version of the song were written by Billy Towne. A vocal of the song by The Chordettes reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1961. It was also recorded by Bing Crosby, Lena Horne, Doris Day, Andy Williams, Trini Lopez, The 4 Seasons, Connie Francis, Julie London, Eartha Kitt, Petula Clark, Lale Andersen, and The Chordettes, plus as an instrumental by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
- German: Lale Andersen scored a number one hit in 1960 with the German-language version of the song titled "Ein Schiff wird kommen". It was also covered by Caterina Valente, Dalida, Lys Assia, Nana Mouskouri, Helmuth Brandenburg and Melina Mercouri. In 1982 the Neue Deutsche Welle band Der Moderne Man recorded a gay themed new wave version named "Blaue Matrosen" with the same German lyrics of Lale Andersen's version, but sung by a man. 
- Yiddish (as Af zyntik - neyn) by The Barry Sisters.
- Spanish (as Los Niños del Pireo) by Dalida. "Nunca en Domingo" by Xiomara Alfaro.
- Serbian (as Деца Пиреја) by Lola Novaković and Ljiljana Petrović.
- Croatian (as Nikad nedjeljom) by Ksenia Prohaska.
- Slovenian (as Otroci Pireja) by Helena Blagne.
- English/Spanish (as No Tengo Dinero) by Los Umbrellos, based on the melody.
- Dutch (as Waarom ben jij nooit op zondag vrij) by Mieke Telkamp, based on the melody.
- Cantonese (as 兩仔爺) by Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Sandra Ng, Ronald Cheng, Gordon Lam, Suzanne Chung, Cherrie Ying and Lam Chi-chung in the film Dance of a Dream (愛君如夢). The title song roughly translates "Father and son".
- Mandarin (as 別在星期天) by Teresa Teng. The title translates as "Never on a Sunday."
- Polish (as Dzieci Pireusu) by Maria Koterbska and duo of actors Hanna Śleszyńska & Jacek Wójcicki.
- Telugu (as " manasu teera navvule?) in Goodachari 116 Movie (Starring..Krishna, Jaya lalitha)
- The song was used again in the 2005 movie Munich.
- James Hill, a Canadian ukulele player, recorded a version of the song on ukulele for his album A Flying Leap.
- Nia Vardalos sang a snippet of the Greek version in her 2009 film My Life in Ruins.
- Los Umbrellos, a Danish musical group, used it as a base for their 1998 signature song, "No Tengo Dinero".
- This song was sung on the Muppet Show by Miss Piggy and Greek pigs, complete with smashing plates.
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