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Mina and Alberto Lupo duet "Parole parole" in 1972
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The lyrics were written by Leo Chiosso and Giancarlo Del Re, the authors of the Italian Teatro 10 series of TV variety nights. The music and the score were by Gianni Ferrio, the conductor of the "Teatro 10" orchestra. In Spring 1972, the song was the closing number of all eight of the "Teatro 10" Saturday nights. The song is an easy listening dialogue of Mina's singing with Alberto Lupo's declamation. The song's theme are hollow words. It intertwines the female singer's lamentation of the end of love and the lies she has to hear, while the male actor simply speaks. She reacts and scoffs at the compliments that he gives her, calling them simply empty words – parole. The single was released in April 1972 under PDU, Mina's independent record label to become a top hit in Italian charts. The song was also published as one of the standout tracks of Mina's Cinquemilaquarantatrè album and included in the I'm Not Scared movie soundtrack.
27 second sample from the original version of "Parole parole".
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A parody version of "Parole parole" was performed by Adriano Celentano, Mina and Alberto Lupo on the penultimate "Teatro 10" show on May 6, 1972. In recent years the song became a part of the repertoire of Martina Feri accompanied by Gorni Kramer Quartet.
In 1973, "Paroles... paroles...", with the lyrics translated into French by Michaële, was performed by Dalida with Alain Delon and published by Polydor. The track became a hit in France, Japan, Mexico (#3 - May 12, 1973) and Canada.
On France 2's 1996 New Year's Eve programme, Alain Delon performed French cover of the song again, but this time in duet with Céline Dion, in the tribute for Dalida. In 2001, again for tributing Dalida, the French cover was remixed by the participants of the first edition of Star Academy France.
Dalida also released a German version together with Friedrich Schütter in 1973, titled "Worte, nur Worte", and again recorded the song in 1983, with Harald Juhnke, which was released under the same title.
Two Spanish versions were recorded, one by singer Silvana di Lorenzo and another by Lupita D'Alessio and actor Jorge Vargas. D'Alessio and Vargas were married at the time and had a rocky relationship.
Portuguese versions were recorded in 1972, translated as Palavras, palavras, in Brazil sung by Maysa with actor Raul Cortez, and in Portugal, with the title "Parole Parole" sung by Tonicha with actor João Perry.
A Dutch translation was made in 1973 by author Cees Nooteboom, entitled "Gebabbel" ("Chatter"). It was performed by Liesbeth List and Ramses Shaffy. This version was parodied in 1992 by Dutch comedian Paul de Leeuw and female singer Willeke Alberti. Their version was a major hit in The Netherlands, reaching number 2 in the Top 40.
A Turkish version was recorded by the Turkish singer and actress, Ajda Pekkan in 1973. Ajda sang the song ("Palavra palavra") with voice actor Cüneyt Türel, who added a funny touch to the song through his alterations to the spoken parts. In 2010 another version of the song was recorded by famous Turkish pop singers Göksel and Teoman.
A Slovenian version was recorded by Slovenian singer Elda Viler with the Slovenian actor Boris Cavazza, titled Besede, Besede on her album Elda in 1982. Song was re-recorded in 2014 by the band Pliš (singer Aleksandra Ilijevski) with actor Jurij Zrnec.
In Croatia, the song was recorded at 1991 by singer Ksenija Erker and Croatian actor (with a certain international success) Relja Bašić. It is worth to mention that the song is recorded in Italian language with its original text. It appeared at Ksenija Erker's LP "Ciao Italia" (label: Jugoton). The song was translated to Croatian and covered again in 2006 by soul group Rivers with male vocals of Massimo Savić.
In 2003, the Argentine duo Pimpinela includes a Spanish versión on his album Al modo nuestro.
Another cover version was performed in German by Jens Wawrczeck and Andreas Fröhlich as a slapstick part on the live tour of Die drei Fragezeichen (German version of "The Three Investigators") in 2009.
- Parole parole hitparadeitalia site. Retrieved 15 August 2007
- imdb.com International Movie Database. Retrieved 15 August 2007
- Dalida Official Website (in French)
- Video on YouTube
- Video on YouTube
- "Parole, Parole", discogs.com
- Liner notes, Marinella - I Marinella Tragouda Megales Kyries, Minos EMI: 478135, 1992
- About Greek version by Anna Vissi and Thanasis Alevras