Nunca Voy a Olvidarte

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"Nunca Voy a Olvidarte"
Single by Cristian Castro
from the album Un Segundo en el Tiempo
Released 1993
Format Promo single
Recorded 1993
Genre Latin pop
Length 5:07
Label Melody, Fonovisa
Writer(s) Roberto Belester
Producer(s) Alejandro Zepeda
Cristian Castro singles chronology
"Diez Mil Lagrimas"
(1993)
"Nunca Voy a Olvidarte"
(1993)
"Es Mejor Así"
(1993)
Music sample
A 30 second sample of Nunca Voy a Olvidarte by Cristian Castro.

"Nunca Voy a Olvidarte" (English: "I Am Never Going to Forget You") is a song written by Roberto Belester and first recorded by Mexican norteño band Bronco for their album Salvaje y Tierno (1991). In the song, the protagonist is leaving and vows to never forget the time he spent with his lover. In 1993, Mexican singer-songwriter Cristian Castro covered the song on his album, Un Segundo en el Tiempo. Castro's version peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in the United States became his first number-one single.

The song received a Lo Nuestro and a Billboard Latin Music award for Pop Song of the Year. It earned an award for Latin Pop Song of the Year at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards of 1994. In the following year, Puerto Rican-American recording artist La India covered the song as the lead single from her album Dicen Que Soy which peaked at number eleven on the Hot Latin Songs chart, number thirteen on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart, and number-one on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart.

Background and recording[edit]

"Nunca Voy a Olvidarte" was written by Mexican songwriter Roberto Belester for Bronco's album Salvaje y Tierno (1991).[1] Belester composed songs for several well-known Mexican bands such as Los Yonic's and Los Bukis.[2] The song tells of a protagonist who is leaving his lover and tells her that he is never going to forget her.[3] In 1993, Mexican singer-songwriter Cristian Castro covered the song on his second studio album, Un Segundo en el Tiempo, which was produced by Alex Zepeda and released as the lead single from the album.[4] According to Castro, he bought Salvaje y Tierno after hearing "Que No Quede Huella" on the radio and wanted to cover "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte" when he listened to it on the CD.[5] The music video for Castro's cover was produced by Jorge Guerrero Fox Garza and filmed in Cuernavaca which features shots of Castro alone in an old country house near the fireplace and outside on the field remembering a woman he loved.[6]

Reception[edit]

"Nunca Voy a Olvidarte" debuted in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart at number 31 in the week of August 14, 1993, climbing to the top ten two weeks later.[7][8] The song peaked atop the chart September 18, 1993,[9] replacing "Mi Tierra" by Gloria Estefan and was succeeded by "Guadalupe", by José & Durval, three weeks later.[10] "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte" ended 1993 as the fourth best performing Latin single of the year in the United States.[11] In Mexico City, the song reached number one on the ballads hit parade chart.[12]

The song was the Lo Nuestro Pop Song of the Year and Pop Song of the Year at the first Billboard Latin Music awards.[13][14] "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte" was also the "Song of the Year" at the 1994 Eres Awards.[15] At the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards of 1994, the song was awarded Latin Pop Song of the Year.[16] In 2005, the title was used for a compilation album titled Nunca Voy a Olvidarte...Los Exitos.[17] In 2009, the song was included on the compilation album La Historia de los Exitos by Fonovisa Records to celebrate the record label's 25th anniversary.[18] In 2013, Castro re-recorded the song for his first live album En Primera Fila: Día 1.[19]

Charts[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the Allmusic.[21]

La India version[edit]

"Nunca Voy a Olvidarte"
Single by La India
from the album Dicen Que Soy
Released 1994
Recorded 1994
DLG Studios
(New Jersey)
Genre Salsa
Length 4:57
Label RMM
Writer(s) Roberto Belester
Producer(s) Sergio George
La India singles chronology
"Vivir lo Nuestro"
(1994)
"Nunca Voy a Olvidarte"
(1994)
"Ese Hombre"
(1994)

In 1994, Puerto Rican-American recording artist La India covered the song on her album, Dicen Que Soy which was produced by Sergio George and released as the album's first single.[22] It was picked by George for India to cover as he felt it was something women could relate to.[23] India's version was included on the soundtrack for The 24 Hour Woman.[24]

Reception[edit]

On the Hot Latin Songs chart, the song debuted at number twenty-one on the week of October 15, 1994 and peaked at number eleven three weeks later.[25][26] On the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart, the song debuted at number fifteen on the week of November 5, 1994 and peaked at number thirteen a week later.[27][28] On the Billboard Tropical Songs, the song peaked at number-one on the week of October 29, 1994 replacing "Quien Eres Tú" by Luis Enrique[29][30] and was succeeded by "En Las Nubes" by Edgar Joel two weeks later.[31]

David Wilson's found that the melody and arrangements of the song were "generic".[32] An editor for Latina magazine remarked India's cover as "sensational" and that it "flattens" Castro's version of the song.[33]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[34] 11
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[35] 13
US Tropical Songs (Billboard)[36] 1

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the Allmusic and Dicen Que Soy liner notes.[37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salvaje y Tierno — Bronco: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Biografía de Roberto Belester" (in Spanish). SACM. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Letra de Nunca Voy A Olvidarte - Cristian Castro" (in Spanish). Coveralia. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Un Segundo en el Tiempo — Cristian Castro: Overiew". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  5. ^ ""Nunca voy a olvidarte", se la dediquá a mi pueblo". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 1993-10-18. p. 39. 
  6. ^ "Listo el nuevo video de Cristian". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 1993-08-21. p. 47. 
  7. ^ "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte — Week of August 14, 1993". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993-08-14. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte — Week of August 28, 1993". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993-08-28. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte — Week of September 18, 1993". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993-09-18. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Guadalupe — Week of October 16, 1993". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993-10-16. 
  11. ^ a b Lannert, John (1998-11-28). "Topping The Charts Year By Year". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 110 (48): LMQ3. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  12. ^ "El elepé de Vilo". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 1993-10-11. p. 36. 
  13. ^ "Lo Nuestro 1994 - Historia de Premio lo Nuestro". Univision. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  14. ^ Lannert, John (1994-05-21). "First Latin Music Awards Recognize Range of Talent". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 106 (21): LM-8. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Fueron entregados los premios "Eres"". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 1994-02-12. p. 58. 
  16. ^ "The Second Annual El Premio ASCAP". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 106 (28): 8. 1994-07-09. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  17. ^ "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte... los Exitos — Cristian Castro: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  18. ^ "La Historia de los Exitos — Various Artists: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  19. ^ "En Primera Fila: Dia 1 — Cristian Castro: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  20. ^ "Cristian Castro Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Cristian Castro. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  21. ^ "Un Segundo en el Tiempo — Cristian Castro: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  22. ^ "Dicen Que Soy — India: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  23. ^ Child, John (2007-09-18). "Interview: Sergio George". Descarga. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  24. ^ "24 Hour Woman — Original Soundtrack: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  25. ^ "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte — Week of October 15, 1994". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994-10-15. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  26. ^ "Hot Latin Songs 1994-10-15". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994-10-15. Retrieved 2012-09-18.  (subscription required)
  27. ^ "Latin Pop Airplay 1994-11-05". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994-11-05. Retrieved 2012-09-18.  (subscription required)
  28. ^ "Latin Pop Airplay 1994-11-12". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994-11-12. Retrieved 2012-09-18.  (subscription required)
  29. ^ "Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay 1994-10-22". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994-10-22. Retrieved 2012-09-18.  (subscription required)
  30. ^ "Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay 1994-10-29". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994-11-19. Retrieved 2012-09-18.  (subscription required)
  31. ^ "Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay 1994-11-12". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994-11-12. Retrieved 2012-09-18.  (subscription required)
  32. ^ Wilson, David. "India - Dicen Que Soy". Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  33. ^ "Dicen Que Soy (1994)". Latina (Latina Media Ventures, LLC) 11: 128. 
  34. ^ "Illegal name entered La India/La+India/chart?f=363 La India Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for La India. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  35. ^ "Illegal name entered La India/La+India/chart?f=372 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for La India. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  36. ^ "Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay 1994-10-29". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994-10-29. Retrieved 2012-09-18.  (subscription required)
  37. ^ "Dicen Que Soy — La India: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation.