Sway (song)

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"¿Quién será?" is a bolero-mambo written by Mexican composer Luis Demetrio, who sold the rights to fellow songwriter Pablo Beltrán Ruiz.[1][2] Beltrán recorded the song for the first time with his orchestra in 1953, the English version, "Sway", with lyrics by Norman Gimbel has become a standard in both the pop and jazz repertoire. The first version to achieve considerable success in the United States was recorded by singer Dean Martin with the Dick Stabile orchestra in 1954.

Pablo Beltrán version[edit]

"¿Quién será?"
Single by Pablo Beltrán y su Orquestra
from the album South of the Border / Al sur de la frontera - Cha-cha-cha
Released 1953
Recorded 1953
Genre Big band, chachachá
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Luis Demetrio

The first rendition of Luis Demetrio's "¿Quién será?" was recorded by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz with his orchestra as an instrumental chachachá in 1953. It was released the same year on the LP South of the Border / Al sur de la frontera - Cha-cha-cha.

Dean Martin version[edit]

"Sway"
Single by Dean Martin
Released 1954
Recorded 1954
Genre Big band, pop
Songwriter(s) Luis Demetrio (music)
Norman Gimbel (lyrics)

In 1954 the English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel[3] and recorded by Dean Martin backed by Dick Stabile's orchestra. This recording reached number fifteen on the Billboard magazine best-seller chart[4] and number six on the UK chart, the single was released with the B-side "Money Burns a Hole in My Pocket" (Jule Styne, Bob Hilliard) in the US, while the British version was backed by "Pretty as a Picture" (Johnny Anz).

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 .

Charts
Chart (1954) Peak
position
Billboard US Hot 100 15
UK Singles Chart 6

Michael Bublé version[edit]

"Sway"
Swaymichaelbuble.jpg
Single by Michael Bublé
from the album Michael Bublé
Released June 22, 2004[5]
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded July 1998 - April 1999
Genre Latin pop
Length 3:08
Label 143, Reprise
Songwriter(s) Luis Demetrio, Norman Gimbel
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"Kissing a Fool"
(2003)
"Sway"
(2004)
"Spider-Man Theme"
(2004)
"Kissing a Fool"
(2003)
"Sway"
(2004)
"Spider-Man Theme"
(2004)

"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.

Track listing[edit]

  • Australian CD single[6]
  1. "Sway" (Junkie XL Mix) – 3:46
  2. "Sway" (acoustic version) – 3:08
  3. "Moondance" (live version) – 3:45

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 24
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 15
Poland 46

The Pussycat Dolls version[edit]

"Sway"
The Pussycat Dolls - Sway.png
Single by The Pussycat Dolls
from the album Shall We Dance - Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Released September 28, 2004 (2004-09-28)
Format
Recorded 2004
Genre
Length 3:12
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Luis Demetrio
  • Norman Gimbel
Producer(s) Ron Fair
The Pussycat Dolls singles chronology
"Sway"
(2004)
"Don't Cha"
(2005)
"Sway"
(2004)
"Don't Cha"
(2005)

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).

Critical reception[edit]

While reviewing the Shall We Dance? soundtrack, Heather Phares cited "Sway" as one of the highlights of the album.[8] Ashley Spencer from the Orlando Sentinel described the rendition as having a "mesmerizing rhythm".[9] While reviewing the DVD of Shall We Dance? Renata Joy of Dvdizzy.com pointed the song out as "a catchy tune".[10] Rachel Sexton of MovieFreak.com called the cover "great" and noted it as "a classic updated".[11]

Promotion[edit]

The music video for "Sway" was directed by Steve Antin, the brother of The Pussycat Dolls creator, Robin Antin,[12] 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.[10] 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."[13] Slant Magazine's writer Ed Gonzales wondered if the editors of Maxim financed the video.[14] Rachel Sexton of MovieFreak.com suggested buyers to skip the video calling it "cheesy".[11] Renata Joy of Dvdizzy.com noted that "the song is much more enjoyable when not watching the accompanying video."[10] "Sway" was performed on Dancing with the Stars along with "Don't Cha" during the results show on January 27, 2006.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[16]
  1. "Sway" (Alternate version) – 3:12

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Shall We Dance - Soundtrack from the Motion Picture.[17]

Charts[edit]

In 2012, the song charted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 111, due to strong digital downloads.[18]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
South Korea Gaon International Chart[18] 111

Other versions[edit]

English and Spanish versions[edit]

"¿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.

In other languages[edit]

The song has been translated and covered in several languages.

Instrumentals[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Many of the versions of "¿Quién será?" or "Sway" have been included in feature films and TV episodes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Infante Quintanilla, José Ernesto (2006). Pedro Infante: el ídolo inmortal (in Spanish). Mexico City: Océano. p. 96. ISBN 970-777-085-6. 
  2. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series (Volume 8, Part 5A, Number 1). Washington, DC: Copyright Office, Library of Congress. 1954. p. 20. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, Dick (1988). Who Wrote That Song?. Cincinnati: Betterway Publications. ISBN 1-55870-100-1. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research. 
  5. ^ "Sway: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Items found similar to "MICHAEL BUBLE SWAY AUSSIE CD SINGLE NM"". eBay. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  7. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Pussycat-Dolls-Sway/release/4225239
  8. ^ Phares, Heather. "Shall We Dance? - Original Soundtrack : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Spencer, Ashley (October 29, 2004). "Shall We Dance?' Soundtrack Will Sweep Listeners Along". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Company Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Joy, Renata. "Shall We Dance? (2004) DVD Review". Dvdizzy.com. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Sexton, Rachel. ""Shall We Dance?" DVD Review". MovieFreak.com. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Pussycat Dolls : Sway". MTV. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ Douglas, Edward; Chitwood, Scott. "Shall We Dance? Blu-ray and DVD Review". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Gonzales, Ed (January 26, 2005). "Shall We Dance? DVD Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Quick Hits: Linkin Park, Grammys, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Joe Strummer, Motley Crue, Pussycat Dolls, Auf der Maur, Grateful Dead, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Eagles Of Death Metal, Candlebox". FMQB. January 26, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Music - Sway (Alternative Version) - Single by The Pussycat Dolls". iTunes Store (United States). Apple. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ Shall We Dance - Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (Booklet). Various Artists. Casablanca Records. 2004. 
  18. ^ a b "South Korea Gaon International Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Claire Johnston - Africa Blue (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  20. ^ sebastienizambard.net, ed. (25 November 2015). "NEW IL DIVO ALBUM AMOR & PASION OUT NOVEMBER 2015". 

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