Well known songs based on a foreign language original

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  1. Angela Channing

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    So many well known songs in the English language were based on songs originally written and recorded in another language. If you have any favourites, post them on this thread.

    My Way/Comme D'Habitude

    My Way, popularised by Frank Sinatra, was originally written and recorded in French by the singer Claude Francois.

    My Way


    Comme D'Habitude
     
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    Et Maintenant/What Now My Love

    The original version, et Maintenant,was written and recorded by Gilbert Becaud.

    What Now My Love (Elvis version)



    Et Maintenant (Gilbert Becaud)

     
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    Guys N Dolls - I Got The Fire In Me vs. Ricchi E Poveri - Sarà Perchè Ti Amo




    But then I don't know just how well-known these songs are in everyone's neck of the woods.
     
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    Seasons In The Sun/Le Moribond

    Probably my favourite French song from the 60s was made into one of my favourite English songs of the 70s. Originally written and recorded by Jacques Brel.

    Seasons In The Sun (Terry Jacks)



    Le Moribond (Jacques Brel)

     
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    Rod McKuen - Without A Worry In The World


    was:
    Georges Moustaki - Le Métèque
     
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    This is a lovely song and I’m so pleased to see we’re going to be exploring it further in the ‘Soap Chat Standards’ Thread.
    Well done, to whoever suggested it :gotcha:


    If You Go Away – Dusty Springfield





    Originally by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel

    Ne Me Quitte Pas



    I heard the original for the first time yesterday and it’s wonderfully atmospheric.
     
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    Jacques Brel was such a good songwriter and I totally agree with you that his singing was, "wonderfully atmospheric". Check out his version of Le Port d'Amsterdam which was covered by David Bowie in English as The Port of Amsterdam.

    The Port of Amsterdam - David Bowie



    Le Port d'Amsterdam

     
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    I'm a bit of a Jacques Brel fan. Another great song of his that was covered in English was Au suivant which The Sensational Alex Harvey Band memorably as Next

    Next - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band



    Au suivant - Jacques Brel


     
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    Probably a better know song is Beyond the Sea - popularised in English by Bobby Darrin was originally written in French and was a hit for Charles Trenet called La Mer.

    Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darrin



    La Mer - Charles Trenet

     
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    Mack The Knife/Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
    Mack the Knife was first recorded in English by Louis Armstrong but the best know version is probably the one preformed by Bobby Darrin. However, it was originally written in German by Kurt Weill for his wife Lotte Lenya.

    Mack The Knife by Bobby Darrin



    Die Moritat von Mackie Messer by Lotte Lenya

     
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    Not quite the same thing but I hope this song...


    Which is a cover of this...


    Gets recorded in English and makes it's way onto Celine's new album as I love the song and her singing it.
     
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    The Windmills of You Mind/Les Moulins de Mon Coeur

    This one is a bit of a cheat because it was written by French composer Michel Legrand but was first recorded in English by Noel Harrison. Michel Legrand later released his own version in French.

    The Windmills of You Mind - Noel Harrison



    Les Moulins de Mon Coeur - Michel Legrand

     
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    Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White/Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc

    Originally a hit in French for André Claveau, the song has been covered many times in English, with the version by Alan Dale probably the best know.

    Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Alan Dale



    Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc - André Claveau

     
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    Feelings/Dis Lui

    The song Feelings was original a French called Pour Toi, also known as Dis Lui.

    Feelings by Ella Fitzgerald




    Dis Lui by Mike Bryant

     
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    Sylvia's Y Viva España


    was the English remake of the Flemish song by Samantha.


    :spinning:Olé!
     
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    English version

     
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    How about an English speaking Band,

    playing in a Foreign Country

     

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