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 2:09
Label Verve Records
Producer(s) 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 Brazilliance! (Warner Bros./Odeon, 1967) and became a "breakout hit".[1] The English version, to which producer Ray Gilbert contributed the lyrics, appeared on Valle's Samba '68 (Verve, 1968) and on Astrud Gilberto's Windy (Verve, 1968). 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"
Single by Emma Bunton
from the album Free Me
  • "Eso Beso"
  • "So Nice (Summer Samba)"
Released 31 May 2004[3]
Format CD single
Recorded Sarm West Studios
Genre Bossa nova[citation needed]
Length 2:46
Label Polydor
Producer(s) Mike Peden
Emma Bunton singles chronology
"I'll Be There"
"Crickets Sing for Anamaria"
"I'll Be There"
"Crickets Sing for Anamaria"

British pop singer Emma Bunton's recording of "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" became the fourth and final single from her second solo album Free Me, released in 2004. "Crickets" debuted and peaked at number fifteen in the United Kingdom, her second single not to reach the top ten (the first being "We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight"). It sold 25,723 copies. The single did, however, reach number one on the UK Club Chart. The video for the song was directed by Harvey & Carolyn, who also worked with Bunton on the video for "Maybe". For the B-sides Bunton covered Paul Anka's "Eso Beso" and Marcos Valle's "So Nice (Summer Samba)". The only original B-side was the Latino remix of "Maybe".

Track listings and formats[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Crickets Sing for Anamaria".

  1. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (Original Radio Edit) – 2:46
  2. "Maybe" (Latino Version) – 3:54
  1. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (Original Radio Edit) – 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
Official remixes
  1. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (Element's Crickets Dance On Tequila Booty Mix) – 4:13
  2. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (Sharp Boys Carnival Vocal) – 6:54
  3. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (Sharp Boys Carnival Dub) – 6:54
  4. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (ATFC's Samba Magic Vocal) – 7:28
  5. "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" (ATFC's Samba Magic Dub) – 7:28


Chart (2004)[4] Peak
Irish Singles Chart 40
Scottish Singles Chart[5] 18
Slovakia (IFPI)[6] 22
UK Singles Chart 15

Other covers[edit]


  1. ^ John Bush, "Review: The Essential Marcos Valle, Vol. 2", All Music. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  2. ^ Marc Myers, "Interview: Marcos Valle (Part 2)", Jazz Wax, 18 May 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  3. ^ Database Entry, Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Emma Bunton – Crickets Sing For Anamaria – Music Charts". α Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Emma Bunton on Slovenská". IFPI. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 

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