Quando quando quando

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"Quando quando quando"
Song by Tony Renis
LanguageItalian (original)
English titleWhen, When, When?
Composer(s)Tony Renis, Emilio Pericoli
Lyricist(s)Alberto Testa (Italian original)

"Quando quando quando" (or "Quando, quando, quando"; pronounced [ˈkwando ˈkwando ˈkwando]) is an Italian pop song from 1962, in the bossa nova style, with music written by Tony Renis and lyrics by Alberto Testa. The song, originally recorded in two different versions by Tony Renis and Emilio Pericoli, competed in the Sanremo Music Festival in 1962, where it placed fourth, and later became a commercial success in Italy, topping the Musica e dischi singles chart.[1] American entertainer Pat Boone, who recorded the song in 1962, sang the English lyrics written by Ervin Drake.[2]

The song is one of the best-selling singles of all time, with more than 50 million sold.[3]

English-language versions[edit]

The title translates as "When, When, When".

The song has been used and remixed by many artists and in many different arrangements, including English pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck in 1968. In 2005, Michael Bublé performed the song as a duet with Nelly Furtado. There is an instrumental Latin version by Edgardo Cintron and The Tiempos Noventa Orchestra. The song was a 1962 Billboard Top 100 entry by Pat Boone.

Quando is the only Italian word normally retained in most English-language renditions of the song.

Pat Boone sang the starting piece in Italian but then carried on the rest of it in English, repeating every now and again some Italian words. The Italian words sung by Boone are:

Dimmi quando tu verrai,
dimmi quando... quando... quando...
l'anno, il giorno e l'ora in cui
forse tu mi bacerai...

(in cui means when, or in which.)

Other singers who played the song include:

Other versions[edit]

  • Caterina Valente, an Italian singer, recorded a German version in 1962 "Sag mir Quando, Quando, Quando"
  • Tito Rodríguez, a Puerto Rican conductor, arranger and singer recorded this song in mambo style, entitled "Cuando, cuando, cuando".
  • Roberto Blanco, a singer of Cuban origins working in Germany, sings in a mixed German and Italian.
  • Sinn Sisamouth, a Khmer singer, recorded a Cambodian version in the 1960s.
  • Tiiu Varik, Estonian singer, recorded Estonian version in 1964 for Estonian Television. Later also other artists, for example Mati Nuude and Toomas Anni recorded that song.
  • Jüri Lipp, an Estonian singer in Canada, recorded an Estonian version in 1968.
  • Gisella Cozzo, an Italo-Australian singer song-songwriter, sang both the English and Italian versions in her album Double released in 2015.
  • Teddy Mac – The Songaminute Man, in 2016, a gentleman who at 80 recorded "Quando, Quando, Quando" with "You Make Me Feel So Young" at Abbey Road after his son uploaded his videos to YouTube featuring the two of them singing along with the stereo while riding in the car. Proceeds from sales of the song are split between Teddy and his wife and the Alzheimer's Society in England, as Teddy has Alzheimer's.
  • Deana Martin recorded "Quando, Quando, Quando" on her 2016 album Swing Street.
  • Marco T, 2014 a Colombian singer recorded a Spanish version.
  • Bunny Walters, released as the B side of his 1973 single "Home Isn't Home Anymore".
  • Filippa Giordano, 2011, album: "Alma italiana, pasión latina".
  • The Kessler Twins performed the song for a Scopitone music video.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was used prominently in the 1962 Italian movie The Easy Life.
  • The song was used in the movie The Blues Brothers (1980): when the main protagonists Jake and Elwood first encounter Murph and The Magictones, they are playing this song at the Holiday Inn.
  • In the extended cut of the Ivan Reitman film Stripes (1981), Bill Murray begins singing this to avoid being killed by Colombian mercenaries. This scene was not in the theatrical cut.
  • Featured in an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati 1982
  • The song title was used in 1999 as the title of a BBC Radio 4 situation comedy series about three Italian hairdressers.
  • The song can be heard at the beginning of the 2004 Russian movie A Driver for Vera.
  • Rory Bremner parodied the song in the 2006 season of the Bremner, Bird and Fortune TV series, playing Gordon Brown and Tony Blair with the former asking when the then-prime minister would be leaving office.
  • It was also used in 2008 in the Fiat Punto advertisements, mimicking the "Italian Job".
  • In the 2006 film Superman Returns, the theme is performed by The Drifters in the elevator scene when Clark Kent and Lois Lane are in the middle of several people reading about the Man of Steel's return in the Daily Planet.
  • In Rainer Werner Fassbinder's movie The Merchant of Four Seasons a remake of this song plays a central role in the relationship between the two main characters.
  • Dewey performs a ribbon dance whilst singing the song to distract Lois in season 5 of Malcolm in the Middle.
  • In Kalyeserye, a soap opera parody in the Philippines longest running noontime variety show Eat Bulaga!, all of Tinidora's dead-like bodyguards are named "Quando" which is based from this song.
  • The Engelbert Humperdinck version of the song plays over the end-credits of the 2018 movie, Game Night.
  • Is the music behind the opening animation of each episode of The Comic Strip Presents...


  1. ^ "Billboard Music Week - Hits of the World". Billboard. 31 March 1962. p. 15. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ "ASCAP". 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  3. ^ "Sanremo: a Tony Renis il premio alla carriera". Corriere della Sera. 5 February 2000. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com Sergio Franchi