She (Charles Aznavour song)

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"She"
Charles Aznavour - She.jpg
Single by Charles Aznavour
B-side "La barraka"
Released 14 June 1974
Format 7" 45 rpm record
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Barclay Records
Songwriter(s) Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer

"She" is a song written by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer and released by Aznavour as a single in 1974. The song was written in English as a theme tune for the British TV series Seven Faces of Woman.[1]

Aznavour also recorded it in French, German, Italian and Spanish, under the respective titles "Tous les visages de l'amour" (English: All the Faces of Love), "Sie" (English: She) "Lei" (English: She) and "Es" (English: [She] is), respectively. He also recorded the song in a more uptempo French version with different lyrics, simply titled "Elle" (English: She).

The song peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for four weeks; it was certified silver for shipments exceeding 250,000 units. It also reached number 1 in the Irish Charts, spending one week at the top. It was less popular outside the UK (where Seven Faces of Woman did not air); in France, the song narrowly missed the top 40, and in the United States, it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted on the lower end of the easy listening charts.

Elvis Costello recorded a cover version of the song in 1999. This version, produced by Trevor Jones, was featured over the final sequence of the film Notting Hill, and charted throughout Europe.

Track listing[edit]

"She" – 7" 45 rpm record[2]
  1. "She" – 2:50
  2. "La barraka" – 2:45
"Lei" – 7" 45 rpm record[3]
  1. "Lei"
  2. "La barraka"
"She" (1999 re-release) – CD single[4]
  1. "She (Tous les visages de l'amour)" – 2:52
  2. "I Didn't See the Time Go By (Je n'ai pas vu le temps passer)" – 3:31

Charts and certifications[edit]

Elvis Costello version[edit]

"She"
Elvis Costello - She.jpeg
Single by Elvis Costello
from the album Notting Hill: Music from the Motion Picture
Released 1999
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 3:10
Label Mercury Records, Island Records
Songwriter(s) Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer
Producer(s) Trevor Jones

Elvis Costello recorded a cover version of the song in 1999 for the soundtrack of the film Notting Hill. This version of the song peaked at number 19 in the United Kingdom, giving Costello his first top 20 hit in the United Kingdom in 16 years.[15]

Track listing[edit]

2-track CD single – Europe (1999)[16]
  1. "She" – 3:10
  2. "Painted from Memory" – 4:12
3-track CD single – Europe (1999)[17][18]
  1. "She" – 3:08
  2. "This House Is Empty Now" – 5:11
  3. "What's Her Name Today?" – 4:11
CD single – United Kingdom (1999)[19]
  1. "She" – 3:08
  2. "Painted from Memory" – 4:14
  3. "The Sweetest Punch" – 4:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[20] 90
France (SNEP)[21] 50
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 19

Laura Pausini cover[edit]

"She (Uguale a lei)"
Laura Pausini - She (Uguale a lei).jpg
Single by Laura Pausini
Released 8 March 2006
Format Digital download
Genre Pop
Length 2:59
Label Warner Music Italy
Songwriter(s) Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer, Laura Pausini
Laura Pausini singles chronology
"Il tuo nome in maiuscolo"
(2006)
"She (Uguale a lei)"
(2006)
"Io canto"
(2006)

Italian singer Laura Pausini also released an Italian language cover of the song, titled "She (Uguale a lei)". The song was recorded for a Barilla TV spot. The lyrics of the song were adapted by Pausini herself, and are therefore different from the lyrics of Aznavour's Italian-language version of his hit.[24] It was also released as a digital single on 8 March 2006, but was not featured on any of Pausini's studio albums.[25] However, she recorded a new version of the song, included in her greatest hits album 20 - The Greatest Hits.

Live performances[edit]

Pausini performed the song live for the first time during the final of Sanremo Music Festival 2006, when she was invited as a guest artist.[26][27] A live version of the song was included in a medley performed on 2 June 2007, during her concert at the San Siro stadium in Milan, later released as a video album titled San Siro 2007.[28]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[29]
  1. "She (Uguale a lei)" – 2:59

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Italy Digital Download (FIMI)[30] 6

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by many different artists over the years. The most notable versions include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "People's Quiz" (PDF). BBC. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Charles Aznavour – She". Discogs. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Lei/La baraka - Charles Aznavour" (in Italian). Discografia Nazionale della Canzone Italiana. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Charles Aznavour – She". Discogs. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Charles Aznavour – She" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Charles Aznavour – She" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 21, No. 26, August 17, 1974". RPM / Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2014-05-02. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Charles Aznavour – She" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Charles Aznavour – She". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  10. ^ "Search the Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association / Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 12 August 2012. Insert Charles Aznavour in the field Artist, then press Search.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Charles Aznavour – She" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Charles Aznavour: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Chart Search Results - Adult Contemporary 1974-08-31". Billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – Charles Aznavour – She". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type She in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ "It's Ricky, Ricky, Ricky On U.K. Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Elvis Costello – She". Discogs. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Elvis Costello – She". Discogs. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  18. ^ "She[CD #2] - Elvis Costello". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  19. ^ "She[CD #1] - Elvis Costello". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  20. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 69, No. 23, September 27, 1999". RPM / Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2014-05-02. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – Elvis Costello – She" (in French). Les classement single.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Elvis Costello – She" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  23. ^ "Elvis Costello: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  24. ^ "Laura Pausini duetta con Charles Aznavour". La Stampa (in Italian). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ Andrea Prevignano (1 February 2006). "Pausini: farò vincere anche la nostra musica". la Repubblica (in Italian). p. 44. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  26. ^ Alessandra Vitali (4 March 2006). "Povia a sorpresa brucia tutti e i piccioni conquistano il Festival". la Repubblica (in Italian).
  27. ^ Marinella Venegoni (5 March 2006). "Le glorie canore nazionali alla finale del Festival. Povia sbanca con gli sms dei bambini". La Stampa (in Italian). p. 27. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  28. ^ "Laura Pausini - San Siro 2007". Rockol.it. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  29. ^ "She (Uguale a lei) - Single di Laura Pausini" (in Italian). iTunes Store (Italy). Apple Inc. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  30. ^ "Gianna Nannini in testa alla hit della prima classifica del web". la Repubblica (in Italian). 10 April 2006. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  31. ^ "Jack Jones - What I Did for Love album". Retrieved 29 Dec 2015.
  32. ^ "Chart Archive - Vegas - She". Chartarchive.org. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  33. ^ Garcia, Catherine (15 April 2014). "The first trailer for Gone Girl features Ben Affleck, eerie cover song". The Week. Retrieved 6 October 2018.

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