Beyond the Sea (song)
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|Song by Charles Trenet|
|Published||1946 by Les Editions Raoul Breton|
|Composer(s)||Charles Trenet, Albert Lasry|
"Beyond the Sea" is the English-language version of the French song "La Mer" by Charles Trenet, popularized by Bobby Darin in 1959. While the French original was an ode to the sea, Jack Lawrence – who composed the English lyrics – turned it into a love song.
|"Beyond the Sea"|
|Single by Bobby Darin|
|from the album That's All|
|B-side||"That's the Way Love Is"|
|Recorded||August 24, 1958|
|Songwriter(s)||Jack Lawrence/Charles Trenet|
|Bobby Darin singles chronology|
"Beyond the Sea" has been recorded by many artists, but Bobby Darin's version released in late 1959 is the best known by many, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 15 on the US R&B Chart, and No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart. in early 1960.
Before Bobby Darin's version, two instrumental recordings reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Benny Goodman's version charted in 1948, and was featured in the Cary Grant/Betsy Drake romantic comedy Every Girl Should Be Married. Roger Williams' recording reached No. 37 in 1955.
Deana Martin recorded Beyond the Sea in 2013. The song was released on her album Destination Moon in 2013 by Big Fish Records.
American R&B singer George Benson recorded an R&B version of the song under the title "Beyond The Sea (La Mer)." It was released on Warner Bros. This version entered the UK Singles Chart on 20 April 1985. It peaked at no. 60 and remained on the chart for three weeks.
Other notable versions
- Robbie Williams released a version of the song on his album Swing When You're Winning in 2001, which was used in the end credits in the 2003 Disney·Pixar animated film Finding Nemo. In 2016, Patrick Stump performed a Navajo-language version of Williams' cover to play over the end credits to the Navajo dubbing of the said film.
In popular culture
Versions of the song have appeared frequently in films and television shows. The song is featured during the ending credits of Disney/Pixar's 2003 animated film Finding Nemo.
The song is played prominently in the 2007 video game BioShock.
The song plays in the background during a scene in the 1990 film Goodfellas while the characters are preparing food in prison.
The song plays in the official trailer for the 2018 film The Meg.
In the 2020 horror film A Quiet Place Part II, the song is played on loop over the radio as a signal to guide survivors to an island.
In an episode of the television show Lost (TV Series), the song is part of a code that needs to be deciphered in the episode "Whatever the Case May Be". The plot delves into the original French recording of "La Mer", heard as a French dub of the closing credits of the film "Finding Nemo".
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