She (Charles Aznavour song)

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Single by Charles Aznavour
B-side "La barraka"
Released 29 June 1974
Format 7" 45 rpm record
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Barclay Records
Writer(s) Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer

"She" is a song written by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer and released by Aznavour as a single in 1974. The song was written as a theme tune for the British TV series Seven Faces of Woman.[1]

The song was also recorded in French, German and Italian, under the titles "Tous les visages de l'amour" (English: All the Faces of Love), "Sie" (English: She) and "Lei" (English: She), respectively.

Despite not achieving commercial success in the United States and in Aznavour's home country, France, the song peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, stayed there for four weeks, and it was certified silver for shipments exceeding 250,000 units. It also reached number 1 in the Irish Charts, despite spending just one week at the top. The song was recorded by Aznavour in several different languages aside from English, namely French and Italian, as well as Spanish and German.

Elvis Costello recorded a cover version of the song in 1999. This version of the song, produced by Trevor Jones, was featured over the closing credits of the film Notting Hill and charted throughout Europe.

Track listing[edit]

"She" – 7" 45 rpm record[2]
  1. "She" – 2:50
  2. "La barraka" – 2:45
"Lei" – 7" 45 rpm record[3]
  1. "Lei"
  2. "La barraka"
"She" (1999 re-release) – CD single[4]
  1. "She (Tous les visages de l'amour)" – 2:52
  2. "I Didn't See the Time Go By (Je n'ai pas vu le temps passer)" – 3:31

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Always Yours" by Gary Glitter
UK number one single
29 June 1974 for four weeks
Succeeded by
"Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae

Elvis Costello version[edit]

Single by Elvis Costello
from the album Notting Hill: Music from the Motion Picture
Released 1999
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 3:10
Label Mercury Records, Island Records
Writer(s) Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer
Producer(s) Trevor Jones

Elvis Costello recorded a cover version of the song in 1999 for the soundtrack of the film Notting Hill. This version of the song peaked at number 19 in the United Kingdom, giving Costello his first top 20 hit in the United Kingdom in 16 years.[15]

Track listing[edit]

2-track CD single – Europe (1999)[16]
  1. "She" – 3:10
  2. "Painted from Memory" – 4:12
3-track CD single – Europe (1999)[17][18]
  1. "She" – 3:08
  2. "This House Is Empty Now" – 5:11
  3. "What's Her Name Today?" – 4:11
CD single – United Kingdom (1999)[19]
  1. "She" – 3:08
  2. "Painted from Memory" – 4:14
  3. "The Sweetest Punch" – 4:09


Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[20] 90
France (SNEP)[21] 50
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 19

Laura Pausini cover[edit]

"She (Uguale a lei)"
Single by Laura Pausini
Released 8 March 2006
Format Digital download
Genre Pop
Length 2:59
Label Warner Music Italy
Writer(s) Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer, Laura Pausini
Laura Pausini singles chronology
"Il tuo nome in maiuscolo"
"She (Uguale a lei)"
"Io canto"

Italian singer Laura Pausini also released an Italian language cover of the song, titled "She (Uguale a lei)". The song was recorded for a Barilla TV spot. The lyrics of the song were adapted by Pausini herself, and are therefore different from the lyrics of Aznavour's Italian-language version of his hit.[24] It was also released as a digital single on 8 March 2006, but it was not featured on any of Pausini's studio albums.[25] However, Pausini recorded a new version of the song, included in her greatest hits album 20 - The Greatest Hits.

Live performances[edit]

Pausini performed the song live for the first time during the final of Sanremo Music Festival 2006, when she was invited as a guest artist.[26][27] A live version of the song was included in a medley performed on 2 June 2007, during her concert at the San Siro stadium in Milan, later released as a video album titled San Siro 2007.[28]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[29]
  1. "She (Uguale a lei)" – 2:59


Chart (2006) Peak
Italy Digital Download (FIMI)[30] 6

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by many different artists over the years:

  • The Irish artist Joe Dolan recorded a version of the song on the album Memories.
  • Anglo-French singer Jason Kouchak recorded "She" and "Tous les Visages de l'Amour " as a tribute to Audrey Hepburn's 20th anniversary on his Comme d'Habitude album.
  • Dave Stewart and Terry Hall's short-lived project Vegas had a minor UK hit with the song in 1992, peaking at number 43 on the UK Singles Chart.[31]
  • A version of the song by Roger Whittaker on several of Whittaker's albums.
  • A version of the song by Peter Skellern is included on the compilation album Music To Watch Girls By.
  • Horacio Fontova recorded a cover for the TV program Música para Soñar (Argentina) and that version is also on the soundtrack.
  • Palo Pandolfo, also from Argentina, made a Spanish version called Ella for his album Antojo (2004).
  • Paul Byrom of Celtic Thunder performs the song on their CD and during their television special.
  • Il Divo sings the Italian version "Lei" on their 2008 CD "The Promise".
  • Péter Máté recorded a Hungarian version of the song called "Ő" in 1984.
  • Yuna Ito recorded a cover version of the song as a part of her project Yuna Ito ~ Respects, the second cover of the project, released on August 25, 2010.
  • Matti Caspi recorded a Hebrew version of the song, called "She" (Hebrew: "היא" pronounced hee) for his 2005 album "You are my woman" (Hebrew: "את האישה שלי"). The lyrics were translated by Ehud Manor. Charles Aznavour participated in the video clip.[32]
  • Bryan Ferry joined Charles Aznavour to record a duet on Aznavour's double album Duos.
  • Daniel Boaventura recorded a cover version in 2011 for the soundtrack of the Brazilian telenovela Morde & Assopra (Rede Globo).
  • Italian singer Francesco Renga included a cover of the Italian-language version of the song in his album Orchestraevoce, released in 2009.[33]
  • Jeff Lynne recorded the song and is the opening track to his covers album Long Wave released in 2012.
  • American singer Joseph Williams, singer of the rock band Toto and son of the film music composer John Williams covered the song on his album Tears/Smile.
  • In 2002 Dutch singer René Froger recorded a cover version for Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, now queen consort. The cover was titled She (A Song for Máxima).
  • Leeteuk (이특) Korean singer and member of the group Super Junior sang it as his solo part in their concert Super Show 4 in 2011/2012 and is recorded on their live album released in July 2013
  • The British sitcom Fawlty Towers features a scene in the episode "Basil the Rat" in which hapless Spanish waiter Manuel sings an excerpt of the song while sitting on his bed.
  • On October 6, 2013, Hamden, Connecticut-based Pop-New Age Prince, The 465 CT Transit driver perform a live cover version during GMA Network's Sunday Variety Show, Sunday All Stars and featured Máiréad Nesbitt of Celtic Woman on the violin. His version are featured in his upcoming 1st instrumental debut album, The Bridge, was scheduled to be released on December 2013.
  • Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs sang a cover of the song which was used in the teaser trailer for the 2014 David Fincher film Gone Girl.[34][35]
  • She & Him covered the song in their album Classics in 2014.

Other information[edit]


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  3. ^ "Lei/La baraka - Charles Aznavour" (in Italian). Discografia Nazionale della Canzone Italiana. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Charles Aznavour – She". Discogs. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Chart Search Results - Adult Contemporary 1974-08-31". Archived from the original on 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Elvis Costello – She". Discogs. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
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  19. ^ "She [CD #1] - Elvis Costello". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 69, No. 23, September 27, 1999". RPM / Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  21. ^ " – Elvis Costello – She" (in French). Les classement single.
  22. ^ " – Elvis Costello – She" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  23. ^ "Elvis Costello: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Laura Pausini duetta con Charles Aznavour". La Stampa (in Italian). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  25. ^ Andrea Prevignano (1 February 2006). "Pausini: farò vincere anche la nostra musica". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 44. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  26. ^ Alessandra Vitali (4 March 2006). "Povia a sorpresa brucia tutti e i piccioni conquistano il Festival". la Repubblica (in Italian). 
  27. ^ Marinella Venegoni (5 March 2006). "Le glorie canore nazionali alla finale del Festival. Povia sbanca con gli sms dei bambini". La Stampa (in Italian). p. 27. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  28. ^ "Laura Pausini - San Siro 2007". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "She (Uguale a lei) - Single di Laura Pausini" (in Italian). iTunes Store (Italy). Apple Inc. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  30. ^ "Gianna Nannini in testa alla hit della prima classifica del web". la Repubblica (in Italian). 10 April 2006. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  31. ^ "Chart Archive - Vegas - She". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  32. ^ "Matti Caspi's official video clip of 'She'.". 
  33. ^ Luca Bernini (24 November 2009). "Orchestra e voce - Francesco Renga - Recensione" (in Italian). Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  34. ^ "'Gone Girl' Trailer With Ben Affleck: 5 Things to Know". Hollywood Reporter. 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
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