Big band, pop
| Luis Demetrio, Pablo Beltran Ruiz|
"Sway" is the English version of "¿Quién será?", a 1953 Cumbia instrumental song by Mexican composers Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz. Famous English versions have been recorded by Dean Martin, in 1954, and the Austrian singer Markus Haider, frontman of the Rat Pack tribute band, the Gang Guys. English lyrics are by Norman Gimbel. Since then the song has been recorded and remixed by many artists (see discography below).
Sway (song) Wikipedia
"¿Quién será?" is a Spanish song written and recorded by Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltran Ruiz.
In 1954 the English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel and recorded by Dean Martin (his recording reached number fifteen on the Billboard magazine best-seller chart and number six on the UK chart).
This same version was recorded by Dean's daughter, Deana Martin, on her first studio album released on 2006 by Big Fish Records, Memories Are Made Of This.Chart performance
"Sway" was covered by Canadian singer Michael Bublé for his debut major-label studio album, Michael Bublé, released in 2003. Sway was chosen for release as the album's third single, and was released in Australia on June 22, 2004.
Sway was only released as an individual single in Australia. In many other countries, the release of the track was held back until July 26, and packaged as a double A-side with the album's fourth single, Spider-Man Theme. However, due to its popularity with Australian radio stations, the track was given a separate release in the region, with Spider-Man Theme being released three months later in September 2004, as a separate release. Bublé's version of the song has appeared in such television shows and films as Las Vegas, CSI: NY, Malcolm in the Middle, The Wedding Date and No Reservations. The music video for the track was directed by Peter Kasden, who also filmed a music video for the single's B-side, Moondance, which was released exclusively to Australian music channels to promote the release of the single. The video features scenes of Bublé performing the song in the studio, intercut with scenes of Bublé driving a car through the Australian outback. The separate release, two music videos and strong radio airplay meant that Sway reached a peak of #15 on the ARIA Singles Chart, making it Bublé's highest charting single to that date.Australian CD single
- "Sway" (Junkie XL Mix) – 3:46
- "Sway" (acoustic version) – 3:08
- "Moondance" (live version) – 3:45
American girl group The Pussycat Dolls recorded "Sway" for the Shall We Dance? soundtrack. The song was later included as a bonus track on their debut album PCD (2005).
While reviewing the Shall We Dance? soundtrack, Heather Phares cited "Sway" as one of the highlights of the album. Ashley Spencer from the Orlando Sentinel described the rendition as having a "mesmerizing rhythm". While reviewing the DVD of Shall We Dance? Renata Joy of Dvdizzy.com pointed the song out as "a catchy tune". Rachel Sexton of MovieFreak.com called the cover "great" and noted it as "a classic updated".
The music video for "Sway" was directed by Steve Antin, the brother of The Pussycat Dolls creator, Robin Antin. The video features The Pussycat Dolls dancing against a backdrop of scenes from the movie. The music video was included as bonus clip in the DVD release of Shall We Dance. Reviewers for Comingsoon.net, Edward Douglas and Scott Chitwood described the video as "sexy" and "stylish". They also wrote that "it perfectly fits the mood of the film." Slant Magazine's writer Ed Gonzales wondered if the editors of Maxim financed the video. Rachel Sexton of MovieFreak.com suggested buyers to skip the video calling it "cheesy". Renata Joy of Dvdizzy.com noted that "the song is much more enjoyable when not watching the accompanying video." "Sway" was performed on Dancing with the Stars along with "Don't Cha" during the results show on January 27, 2006.Digital download
- "Sway" (Alternate version) – 3:12
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Shall We Dance - Soundtrack from the Motion Picture.Notable Personnel
Carmit Bachar – Additional vocals
Ron Fair – Producer, marimba
Kaya Jones – Additional vocals
Bill Reichenbach – Trombone
Nicole Scherzinger – Lead, backing vocals
Melody Thornton – Additional vocals
In 2012, the song charted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 111, due to strong digital downloads.Il Divo, the vocal quartet of male singers; Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, American tenor David Miller and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, along with Colombian producer winner of multiple Grammy Latino Julio Reyes Copello, recorded the song for the album Amor & Pasión from Il Divo (2015).
1953 – Pablo Beltrán Y Su Orchestra (in Spanish)
1954 – Dean Martin, on Capitol Records, catalog number 2818, US 15, UK 6
"¿Quién será?" and "Sway" have been recorded dozens of times by many artists over the decades. This is merely a select list of popular recordings, not a comprehensive listing.1954 – Eileen Barton, on Coral Records, catalog number 61185, backed with "When Mama Calls"
1959 – Rosemary Clooney and Perez Prado, from A Touch of Tabasco
1960 – Bobby Rydell, Capitol Recording Studios, NYC
1960 – Connie Francis, from Connie Francis Sings Spanish & Latin American Favorites
1961 – Ben E. King, from Spanish Harlem
1963 – Cliff Richard, from When In Spain
1963 – Julie London, from Latin in a Satin Mood
1997 – Brent Spiner, from the soundtrack of the movie Out to Sea
1998 – Anita Kelsey, from the movie Dark City
1999 – Shaft, titled "(Mucho Mambo) Sway"
2003 – Michael Bublé, from his self-titled album Michael Bublé
2003 – Peter Cincotti, from his self-titled album Peter Cincotti
2004 – Arielle Dombasle, from her 2004 album Amor Amor (Arielle Dombasle album)
2006 - Deana Martin on her 2006 album Memories Are Made of This released by Big Fish Records.
2006 – Claire Johnston, lead singer of Mango Groove. from her album Africa Blue.
2007 – Puppini Sisters, Betcha Bottom Dollar
2007 – Jennifer Lopez
2007 – Jeff Duff on the album "So quiet" produced by Steve Morrison
2013 - Pink Martini Album "Get Happy" song N° 11
2014 - Juan Karlos Labajo - The Voice Kids Philippines Album under MCA Music Philippines
1954 – Frank Sinatra
2007 – Melinda Doolittle on American Idol
2009 – Joe McElderry in UK The X Factor
2013 – Luis Miguel live at the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival
2014 – Ivi Adamou, Elisavet Spanou and Courtney Parker at the MadWalk 2014
The song has been translated and covered in several languages. Here is a selective listing of language versions1954 – Pedro Infante, ¿Quien será? in the movie "Escuela de vagabundos" – Original Version (in Spanish)
1954 – Olavi Virta, titled "Keinu kanssani" (in Finnish)
1959 – The Peanuts, titled Quién Será (キエンセラ) (in Japanese)
1962 – Mina, title Chi sarà (in Italian)
1968 – Teresa Teng, titled "盼望" (in Mandarin)
1976 – Ajda Pekkan, from "Kim Ne Derse Desin" (in Turkish)
1990 – Björk in album Gling-Gló, as "Í dansi með þér" (in Icelandic)
2004 – Arielle Dombasle, titled "Quién Será (Sway)" (in Spanish)
2005 – Aaron Kwok, titled "飛" ("Sway") (in Cantonese)
2005 – Walid Soroor, titled "Yar Nazanin" (in Persian)
2007 - Amr Diab,titled El Lilady in ARABIC El Lilady الليلا دى
2010 – Shahkar Binesh Pazhooh, in the song "Vasat-e Ghalbam" (وسط قلبم) (in Persian)
2012 – Mohsen Namjoo, in the song "Khat Bekesh" (خط بکش) (in Persian).
2016 - Mahan Moin, in the song "Vaghti Miraghsi" (وقتی میرقصی) (in Persian)
1955 – Noro Morales, Swinging With Noro
1956 – Les Baxter, from Caribbean Moonlight, on Capitol, catalog number T 733
1962 – Perez Prado. from Twist Goes Latin, on RCA Victor, catalog number LSP-2524
1965 – Clare Fischer, from Manteca!, on Pacific Jazz, catalog number ST-20096
2001 – Cliff Habian, from Havana Sunset, on Azica Re
2007 – David Grisman, Frank Vignola, Robin Nolan & Frank Papillo, from The Living Room Sessions, on Acoustic Disc
2011 – Frank Vignola & Friends, on Playing the Standards (Swing Classics by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hammerstein and More), on Hyena Records
1967 – Spanish-language version "¿Quién será?" used in Su Excelencia, directed by Miguel M. Delgado
1998 – Anita Kelsey recording featured in the film Dark City, lip-synched by Jennifer Connelly's character as a lounge act (Jennifer Connelly herself sang it in the Director's Cut)
1999 – A version is played at the Centennial dance in Drive Me Crazy
2000 – Used in Sexy Beast, British crime film directed by Jonathan Glazer (the Dean Martin version)
2001 – Used in Gaudi Afternoon, singer unknown
2004 – The film "2046", directed by Wong Kar-wai
2004 – The film First Daughter, directed by Forest Whitaker
2004 – The film My Summer of Love, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
2004 – An episode of Malcolm in the Middle
2005 – The Michael Bublé version appeared in The Wedding Date, starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney
2006 – "Sway" is heavily sampled in the Tech N9ne song "Welcome to the Midwest"
2008 – Rosemary Clooney's version used in the film Paris directed by Cédric Klapisch
2008 – Instrumental played in background in the film Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes
2010 – 10th episode of sixth season of TV series House M.D.
2010 – Repo Men, Perez Prado, Rosemary Clooney version
2010 – Featured in Just Dance 2 for the Wii
2010 – "Sway" can be heard in the background of Red Letter Media's Star Wars "Sith" review
2010 - Covered by Matthew Morrison in the eighth episode of second season of TV series Glee
2011 – Used in La Folie Almayer, a film adaptation of Joseph Conrad's first novel Almayer's Folly by Belgian director Chantal Akerman
2012 – Used in the film Silver Linings Playbook
2013 – Used in the spot of Blue Seduction. An Antonio Banderas' fragrance.
2013 – 4th episode of first season of Masters of Sex
2014 - Dean Martin - featured on "Endeavour" episode "Sway" 2014
2014 - Used in the film Lilting