Crickets Sing for Anamaria

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"Crickets Sing for Anamaria"
Song by Marcos Valle
from the album Samba '68
Released 1968
Genre Bossa nova
Length 2:08
Label Verve
  • Bob Morgan
  • Ray Gilbert

"Crickets Sing for Anamaria" is the English-language version of "Os Grilos" ("The Crickets"), a song written by Brazilian musician Marcos Valle with his brother Paulo Sérgio Valle.

Original version[edit]

The instrumental original of "Os Grilos" appeared on Valle's 1967 album Brazilliance! and became a "breakout hit".[1] The English version, to which producer Ray Gilbert contributed the lyrics, appeared on Valle's 1968 album Samba '68 and on Astrud Gilberto's 1968 album Windy. It has been covered many times since. The Anamaria of the title was Valle's then-wife, who also sang on Samba '68.[2]

Emma Bunton version[edit]

"Crickets Sing for Anamaria"
Emma Bunton - Crickets Sing for Anamaria.png
Single by Emma Bunton
from the album Free Me
  • "Eso Beso"
  • "So Nice (Summer Samba)"
Released 31 May 2004 (2004-05-31)
Format CD
Recorded Sarm West Studios
Length 2:46
Label 19
Producer(s) Mike Peden
Emma Bunton singles chronology
"I'll Be There"
"Crickets Sing for Anamaria"

English singer Emma Bunton covered "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" her second solo studio album, Free Me (2004). It was released on 31 May 2004 as the album's fourth and final single.[3] "Crickets" debuted and peaked at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart, Bunton's second single to miss the top 10, after "We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight". The music video for the song was directed by Harvey & Carolyn, who also worked with Bunton on the video for "Maybe". Jake Canuso, of Benidorm (TV Series), co-starred in the music video as the love interest. For the B-sides, Bunton covered Paul Anka's "Eso Beso" and Valle's "So Nice (Summer Samba)". The only original B-side was the Latino version of "Maybe".

Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD 1
  1. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" – 2:46
  2. "Maybe" (Latino Version) – 3:54
  • UK CD 2
  1. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" – 2:46
  2. "Eso Beso" – 3:14
  3. "So Nice (Summer Samba)" – 3:11
  4. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (Element's Crickets Dance On Tequila Booty Mix) – 4:13

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Free Me.[4]


Chart (2004) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 40
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 15


  1. ^ John Bush, "Review: The Essential Marcos Valle, Vol. 2", AllMusic. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  2. ^ Marc Myers, "Interview: Marcos Valle (Part 2)", Jazz Wax, 18 May 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Crickets Sing For Anamaria [CD 2]: Emma Bunton". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. ^ Free Me (liner notes). Emma Bunton. 19 Recordings. 2004. 986615-8.
  5. ^ "Chart Track: Week 23, 2004". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 January 2018.

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