In my collection I have Connie singing in the following
That's at least eleven. Connie mentioned having recorded
in 13 languages. Can anyone come up with more?
two more languages Connie recorded in is Greek e.g. NEVER ON SUNDAY and MISIRLOU and in Latin e.g. AVE MARIA and ADESTE FIDELES.
I'm not sure about different idioms sung in Yddish and/or Hebrew on her JEWISH FAVORITES album released in October 1960 and the very first release of ELI ELI on CONNIE'S GREATEST JEWISH HITS released September 1982.
What is your favorite "Foreign Language" song?
Without a doubt mine is Connie's all Italian
version of "Al Di La'. Perhaps because I've seen her
sing this in person so many times, but it is a
stand out for me.
Connie's Where The Boys Are went to the top of the charts in just about every country in the world and she recorded it in several languages. Miss Francis will be entering the studio once again to record it in eubonics and it will be called Where The Home Boys Be! I recall reading this somewhere, perhaps on amazon.
I believe Connie sings both in Italian and English in the version of "Mama" on the LP "Italian Favorites". As a matter of fact, she always sings it in both Italian and English, even when she sings it live. I have never heard her sing it any other way, but that is just my personal experiences with hearing it. I don't know if the Italian is Neopolitan or pure Italian. I am not an authority on it. Maybe someone with more detailed expertise can offer it?
I do agree with you referring to Connie's studio recordings and live performances of "MAMA".
Last time I checked my collection for different versions/takes of "MAMA" except for the ones already known (English & Italian) the result I achieved was negative and I also can't remember to have heard any other interpretation ever performed by Connie. Have you checked the program schedule yet for next month broadcasts on BNR? I'm looking forward to each and every Thursday afternoon in September.
One of my Favorites is Quiereme Mucho....there was a youtube posting of Connie singing this live on
I believe Andy Williams TV show...just today I discovered a man named Tommy Blue singing STUPID CUPID in German on there....it was actually quite good!