Sway (song)

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"Sway" is the English version of "¿Quién será?", a 1953 mambo instrumental song by Mexican composers Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltran Ruiz. The most famous English version is that of Dean Martin recorded in 1954. English lyrics are by Norman Gimbel. Since then the song has been recorded and remixed by many artists (see discography below).

"¿Quién será?" by Pablo Beltrán Y Su Orchestra[edit]

"¿Quién será?"
Single by Pablo Beltrán Y Su Orchestra
Released 1954
Recorded 1953
Genre Big band, pop
Writer(s) Luis Demetrio, Pablo Beltran Ruiz

"¿Quién será?" is a Spanish song written and recorded by Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltran Ruiz.

Dean Martin version[edit]

Single by Dean Martin
from the album Hey, Brother, Pour the Wine
Released 1954
Recorded 1954
Genre Big band, pop
Writer(s) Luis Demetrio, Pablo Beltran Ruiz (music)
Norman Gimbel (lyrics)

In 1954 the English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel[1] and recorded by Dean Martin (his recording reached number fifteen on the Billboard magazine best-seller chart[2] and number six on the UK chart).

Chart performance
Chart (1954) Peak
Billboard US Hot 100 16
UK Singles Chart 6

Michael Bublé version[edit]

Single by Michael Bublé
from the album Michael Bublé
Released June 22, 2004[3]
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Adult contemporary, Latin pop, Cuban jazz
Length 3:08
Label 143, Reprise
Writer(s) Luis Demetrio, Norman Gimbel
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"Kissing a Fool"
"Spider-Man Theme"

"Sway" was covered by Canadian singer Michael Bublé for his debut major-label studio album, Michael Bublé, released in 2003. Sway was chosen for release as the album's third single, and was released in Australia on June 22, 2004.


Sway was only released as an individual single in Australia. In many other countries, the release of the track was held back until July 26, and packaged as a double A-side with the album's fourth single, Spider-Man Theme. However, due to its popularity with Australian radio stations, the track was given a separate release in the region, with Spider-Man Theme being released three months later in September 2004, as a separate release. Bublé's version of the song has appears in such television shows and films as Las Vegas, CSI: NY, Malcolm in the Middle, The Wedding Date and No Reservations. The music video for the track was directed by Peter Kasden, who also filmed a music video for the single's B-side, Moondance, which was released exclusively to Australian music channels to promote the release of the single. The video features scenes of Bublé performing the song in the studio, intercut with scenes of Bublé driving a car through the Australian outback. The separate release, two music videos and strong radio airplay meant that Sway reached a peak of #15 on the ARIA Singles Chart, making it Bublé's highest charting single to that date.

Track listing[edit]

  • Australian CD single[4]
  1. "Sway" (Junkie XL Mix) – 3:46
  2. "Sway" (acoustic version) – 3:08
  3. "Moondance" (live version) – 3:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 24
ARIA Singles Chart 15
Polish Singles Chart 46

The Pussycat Dolls version[edit]

Single by The Pussycat Dolls
from the album Shall We Dance - Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Released September 28, 2004 (2004-09-28)
Recorded 2004
Length 3:12
Producer(s) Ron Fair
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
"Don't Cha"

American girl group The Pussycat Dolls recorded "Sway" for the Shall We Dance? soundtrack. The song was later included as a bonus track on their debut album PCD (2005).

Critical reception[edit]

While reviewing the Shall We Dance? soundtrack, Heather Phares cited "Sway" as one of the highlights of the album.[5] Ashley Spencer from the Orlando Sentinel described the rendition as having a "mesmerizing rhythm".[6] While reviewing the DVD of Shall We Dance? Renata Joy of Dvdizzy.com pointed the song out as "a catchy tune".[7] Rachel Sexton of MovieFreak.com called the cover "great" and noted it as "a classic updated".[8]


The music video for "Sway" was directed by Steve Antin, the brother of The Pussycat Dolls creator, Robin Antin.[9] The video features The Pussycat Dolls dancing against a backdrop of scenes from the movie. The music video was included as bonus clip in the DVD release of Shall We Dance.[7] Reviewers for Comingsoon.net, Edward Douglas and Scott Chitwood described the video as "sexy" and "stylish". They also wrote that "it perfectly fits the mood of the film."[10] Slant Magazine's writer Ed Gonzales wondered if the editors of Maxim financed the video.[11] Rachel Sexton of MovieFreak.com suggested buyers to skip the video calling it "cheesy".[8] Renata Joy of Dvdizzy.com noted that "the song is much more enjoyable when not watching the accompanying video."[7] "Sway" was performed on Dancing with the Stars along with "Don't Cha" during the results show on January 27, 2006.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[13]
  1. "Sway" (Alternate version) – 3:12

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Shall We Dance - Soundtrack from the Motion Picture.[14]

  • The Pussycat Dolls – Performer
  • JD Andrew – Assistant engineering: brass/strings
  • Carmit Bachar – Additional vocals
  • John Beasley – Piano
  • Wayne Bergeron – Trumpet
  • Charlie Bisharat – Violin
  • Jackie Brand – Violin
  • Bassy Bob Brockmann – mixing
  • Roberto Cani – Violin
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums
  • Luis Conte – Percussion
  • Larry Corbett – Cello
  • George Doering – Guitar
  • Ron Fair – Producer, marimba
  • Brandon Fields – Woodwind
  • Marlow Fisher – Viola
  • Sam Formicola – Viola
  • Julie Gigante – Violin
  • Endre Granat – Violin
  • Gary Grant – Trumpet
  • Tammy Hatwan – Violin
  • Tal Herzberg – Co-producer, recording, Pro Tools
  • Jerry Hey – Arrangement, conduct, Trumpet
  • Dan Higgins – Woodwind
  • Kim Hutchcroft – Woodwind
  • Jun Ishizeki – Assistant engineering: brass/strings
  • Kaya Jones – Additional vocals
  • Suzie Katayama  – Cello
  • Armen Ksajikian – Cello
  • Songa Lee – Violin
  • Natalie Leggett – Violin
  • Gayle Levant – Harp
  • Phillip Levy – Violin
  • Charlie Loper – Trombones
  • Rene Mandel – Violin
  • Andy Martin – Trombones
  • Darrin McCann – Viola
  • Rickey Minor – Bass
  • Vicki Miskolczy – Viola
  • Ralph Morrison – Violin
  • Robin Olson – Violin
  • Sara Parkins – Violin
  • Joel Peskin – Woodwind
  • Katia Popov – Violin
  • Bill Reichenbach – Trombone
  • Michael C. Ross – Engineering: brass/strings
  • Nicole Scherzinger – Lead, backing vocals
  • Justin Siegel – Assistant engineering: brass/strings
  • Sarah Thornblade – Violin
  • Melody Thornton – Additional vocals
  • Cecilia Tsan – Cello
  • Josefina Vergara – Violin


In 2012, the song charted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 111, due to strong digital downloads.[15]

Chart (2012) Peak
South Korea Gaon International Chart[15] 111

Selective list of recorded versions[edit]


English and spanish versions[edit]

"¿Quién será?" and "Sway" have been recorded dozens of times by many artists over the decades. This is merely a select list of popular recordings, not a comprehensive listing.

Live renditions[edit]

Language versions[edit]

The song has been translated and covered in several languages. Here is a selective listing of language versions

Instrumental Versions[edit]

  • 1955 – Noro Morales, Swinging With Noro
  • 1956 – Les Baxter, from Caribbean Moonlight, on Capitol, catalog number T 733
  • 1962 – Perez Prado. from Twist Goes Latin, on RCA Victor, catalog number LSP-2524
  • 1965 – Michael Danzinger, from Piano Cocktail: Long Drink 6, on Amadeo, catalog number AVRS 9179
  • 1965 – Clare Fischer, from Manteca!, on Pacific Jazz, catalog number ST-20096
  • 2001 – Cliff Habian, from Havana Sunset, on Azica Records
  • 2006 – Bill McGee, from Chase the Sunset, on Funtown
  • 2007 – David Grisman, Frank Vignola, Robin Nolan & Frank Papillo, from The Living Room Sessions, on Acoustic Disc
  • 2011 – Frank Vignola & Friends, on Playing the Standards (Swing Classics by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hammerstein and More), on Hyena Records
  • 2012 – Wolfgang Russ & A-Train, from Nice & Sweet, on Chaos, catalog number LC 07326

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Jacobs, Dick (1988). Who Wrote That Song?. Cincinnati: Betterway Publications. ISBN 1-55870-100-1. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research. 
  3. ^ "Sway: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Items found similar to "MICHAEL BUBLE SWAY AUSSIE CD SINGLE NM"". eBay. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Shall We Dance? - Original Soundtrack : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Spencer, Ashley (October 29, 2004). "Shall We Dance?' Soundtrack Will Sweep Listeners Along". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune CompanyAllmusic). Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Joy, Renata. "Shall We Dance? (2004) DVD Review". Dvdizzy.com. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Sexton, Rachel. ""Shall We Dance?" DVD Review". MovieFreak.com. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Pussycat Dolls : Sway". MTV. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Douglas, Edward; Chitwood, Scott. "Shall We Dance? Blu-ray and DVD Review". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Gonzales, Ed (January 26, 2005). "Shall We Dance? DVD Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Quick Hits: Linkin Park, Grammys, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Joe Strummer, Motley Crue, Pussycat Dolls, Auf der Maur, Grateful Dead, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Eagles Of Death Metal, Candlebox". FMQB. January 26, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Music - Sway (Alternative Version) - Single by The Pussycat Dolls". iTunes Store (United Sates). Apple. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ Shall We Dance - Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (Booklet). Various Artists. Casablanca Records. 2004. 
  15. ^ a b "South Korea Gaon International Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Claire Johnston - Africa Blue (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 

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