For other song and album with the same title, see
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?" is a Spanish song written and recorded by Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltran Ruiz.
Dean Martin version [ edit ]
In 1954 the
English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel and recorded by [1 ] Dean Martin (his recording reached number fifteen on the Billboard magazine best-seller chart and number six on the UK chart). [2 ]
Michael Bublé version [ edit ]
Sway" was covered by Canadian singer Michael Bublé for his debut major-label studio album, , released in 2003. Michael Bublé Sway was chosen for release as the album's third single, and was released in Australia on June 22, 2004.
Background [ edit ]
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, . However, due to its popularity with Australian radio stations, the track was given a separate release in the region, with Spider-Man Theme 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 and The Wedding Date . The music video for the track was directed by Peter Kasden, who also filmed a music video for the single's B-side, No Reservations 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 ]
(Junkie XL Mix) – 3:46 "Sway"
(acoustic version) – 3:08 "Moondance"
(live version) – 3:45
Chart performance [ edit ]
The Pussycat Dolls version [ edit ]
girl group The Pussycat Dolls recorded "Sway" for the . The song was later included as a bonus track on their debut album Shall We Dance? soundtrack (2005). PCD
Critical reception [ edit ]
While reviewing the
Shall We Dance? soundtrack, Heather Phares cited "Sway" as one of the highlights of the album. Ashley Spencer from the [5 ] described the rendition as having a "mesmerizing rhythm". Orlando Sentinel While reviewing the DVD of [6 ] Shall We Dance? Renata Joy of Dvdizzy.com pointed the song out as "a catchy tune". Rachel Sexton of MovieFreak.com called the cover "great" and noted it as "a classic updated". [7 ] [8 ]
Promotion [ edit ]
The music video for "Sway" was directed by
Steve Antin, the brother of The Pussycat Dolls creator, Robin Antin. 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 [9 ] Shall We Dance. 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." [7 ] [10 ] writer Ed Gonzales wondered if the editors of Slant Magazine's financed the video. Maxim Rachel Sexton of MovieFreak.com suggested buyers to skip the video calling it "cheesy". [11 ] Renata Joy of Dvdizzy.com noted that "the song is much more enjoyable when not watching the accompanying video." [8 ] "Sway" was performed on [7 ] along with " Dancing with the Stars Don't Cha" during the results show on January 27, 2006. [12 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
"Sway" (Alternate version) – 3:12
Credits and personnel [ edit ]
Songwriting – Luis Demetrio, Norman Gimbel
Arranged by Jerry Hey
Producer and marimba – Ron Fair
Co-producer – Tal Herzberg
Engineer (bass, strings) – Michael C. Ross
Mixed by Bassy Bob Brockmann
Bass – Rickey Minor
Cello – Armen Ksajikian, Cecilia Tsan, Larry Corbett, Suzie Katayama
Drums – Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar – George Doering
Harp – Gayle Levant
Percussion – Luis Conte Piano – John Beasley
Trumpet – Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Wayne Bergeron
Viola – Darrin McCann, Marlow isher, Sam Formicola, Vicki Miskolczy
Violin – Charlie Bisharat, Endre Granat, Jackie Brand, Josefina Vergara, Julie Gigante, Katia Popov, Natalie Leggett, Phillip Levy, Ralph Morrison, Rene Mandel, Roberto Cani, Robin Olson, Sara Parkins, Sarah Thornblade, Songa Lee*, Tammy Hatwan*
Woodwind – Brandon Fields, Dan Higgins, Joel Peskin, Kim Hutchcroft
In 2012, the song charted on the
South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 111, due to strong digital downloads. [14 ]
Selective list of recorded versions [ edit ]
Originals [ 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.
Eileen Barton, on Coral Records, catalog number 61185, backed with "When Mama Calls" 1959 –
Rosemary Clooney and Perez Prado, from A Touch of Tabasco 1960 –
Bobby Rydell, Capitol Recording Studios, NYC 1961 –
Ben E. King, from Spanish Harlem 1963 –
Cliff Richard, from When In Spain 1963 –
Julie London, from Latin in a Satin Mood 1997 –
Brent Spiner, from the soundtrack of the movie Out to Sea 1998 –
Anita Kelsey, from the movie Dark City 1999 –
Shaft, titled "(Mucho Mambo) Sway" 2003 –
Michael Bublé, from his self-titled album Michael Bublé 2003 –
Peter Cincotti, from his self-titled album Peter Cincotti 2004 –
Arielle Dombasle, from her 2004 album Amor Amor 2006 -
Deana Martin on her album “Memories Are Made Of This” released by Big Fish Records. 2006 –
Claire Johnston, lead singer of Mango Groove. from her album Africa Blue. [15 ] 2007 –
Puppini Sisters, Betcha Bottom Dollar 2007 –
Jennifer Lopez 2009 –
Haifa Wehbe, a Lebanese pop star 2010 – Paul Byrom of
Celtic Thunder, Irish folk gan roup 2011 – Hooshmand Aghili, Iranian Singer
Donald Braswell II, on his 2011 album, . Unchained 2011 – 1950 & The Chu Chi Girls ft Hayley Jo,
The Chu Chi sway 2014 - Dean Martin - featured on "Endeavour" episode "Sway" 2014
Live renditions [ edit ]
Language versions [ edit ]
The song has been translated and covered in several languages. Here is a selective listing of language versions
Pedro Infante, ¿Quien será? in the movie " Escuela de vagabundos" – Original Version (in Spanish) 1954 –
Olavi Virta, titled "Keinu kanssani" (in Finnish) 1959 –
The Peanuts, titled Quién Será ( (in キエンセラ) Japanese) 1962 –
Mina, title Che sarà (in Italian) 1968 –
Teresa Teng, titled "盼望" (in Mandarin) 1973 – Sten & Stanley, titled "Äntligen" (in
Swedish) 1976 –
Ajda Pekkan, from "Kim Ne Derse Desin" (in Turkish) 1990 – Björk in album
Gling-Gló, as "Í dansi með þér" (in Icelandic) 1999 – Götz Alsmann, titled "Zuckersüß" (in
German) 1999 – Komár László in album Mambó Lackó, as "Mexikói Karnevál" (in
Hungarian) 2000 – Athena – Macera, from "Tam Zamanı Şimdi" (in
Turkish) 2002 – Pedro Fernandez, ¿Quien será? (in
Spanish) 2004 –
Arielle Dombasle, titled "Quién Será (Sway)" (in Spanish) 2005 –
Aaron Kwok, titled "飛" ("Sway") (in Cantonese) 2005 – Nguyễn Hưng in album Dạ Vũ, as "Ai Sẽ Là Em" (in
Vietnamese) 2005 –
Walid Soroor, titled "Yar Nazanin" (in Persian) 2006 – Anjelika Varum, titled "Румба" ("Rumba") (in
Russian) 2007 – Koor in album Wust El Balaad, as "بحبك" ("Bahebak") (in
Arabic) 2007 – Rula Zaki (an Egyptian singer), titled "قلبي دق" ("Qalbi Daq") (in
Arabic) 2010 – Rula Zaki, in the album "Rula" (in
Arabic) 2010 –
Shahkar Binesh Pazhooh, in the song "Vasat-e Ghalbam" (وسط قلبم) (in Persian) 2012 –
Mohsen Namjoo, in the song "Khat Bekesh" (خط بکش) (in Persian).
Instrumental Versions [ edit ]
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 , on Manteca! 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 , on The Living Room Sessions 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 ]
1967 – Spanish-language version "¿Quién será?" used in
Su Excelencia, directed by Miguel M. Delgado 1997 – Sung by the
cruise director/ M.C./ performer ( Brent Spiner) in the comedy film , starring Out to Sea Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon 1998 –
Anita Kelsey recording featured in the film , lip-synched by Dark City Jennifer Connelly's character as a lounge act ( Jennifer Connelly herself sang it in the Director's Cut) 1998 -
1999 – A version is played at the Centennial dance in
Drive Me Crazy 2000 – Used in
, British crime film directed by Jonathan Glazer (the Sexy Beast Dean Martin version) 2001 – Used in
, singer unknown Gaudi Afternoon 2004 – The film
, directed by First Daughter Forest Whitaker 2004 – The film
, directed by My Summer of Love Paweł Pawlikowski 2004 – An episode of
Malcolm in the Middle 2005 – The
Michael Bublé version appeared in , starring The Wedding Date Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney 2006 – "Sway" is heavily sampled in the
Tech N9ne song "Welcome to the Midwest" 2008 –
Rosemary Clooney's version used in the film directed by Paris Cédric Klapisch 2008 – Instrumental played in background in the film
, directed by Revolutionary Road Sam Mendes 2009 – Recorded by
Sylvia Brooks on her album Dangerous Liaisons 2010 – 10th episode of sixth season of TV series
House M.D. 2010 – An episode of
(season 2 episode 8, " Glee Furt") sung by Matthew Morrison 2010 –
, Perez Prado, Rosemary Clooney version Repo Men 2010 – Featured in
for the Just Dance 2 Wii 2010 – "Sway" can be heard in the background of
Red Letter Media's Star Wars "Sith" review 2011 – Used in
, a film adaptation of Joseph Conrad's first novel La Folie Almayer by Belgian director Almayer's Folly Chantal Akerman 2012 – Used in the film
Silver Linings Playbook
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^ Gonzales, Ed (January 26, 2005). "Shall We Dance? DVD Review". Slant Magazine . Retrieved August 4, 2013.
^ "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.
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