Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Soccer Countries, Foreign Phrases In Song Titles: Part Three

         Bon Soir Dame: The Sandpipers.  Video by 65Seasons.

The names of the participating countries in the current World Cup Soccer tournament remind me of 1950s song titles with names of cities in Europe and lovey dovey foreign phrases.

Rich and Famous

Once upon a time only the wealthy and famous could afford to fly in an airplane so the sophisticated minimum flew in style with men in dark suits, ties, bowler hats and the ladies wearing  formal dresses, high-heels, fancy hats and gloves.

Commercial Aviation

When commercial aviation took off in the U.S. the scenario changed.  Companies like Boeing, Douglas, and Lockheed started making large multi-engine passenger planes.  The cost of flying plummeted and the fellow on the street could finally afford a plane ticket.  (Remember an Old John Wayne movie made in 1954 called, The High and the Mighty?)

As people travelled more often, exchanging visits across countries became a norm and names of famous cities were promoted in songs and movies to exploit the situation.   Many of these 1950s songs became hits on the US and UK pop charts and even in the Malayan Peninsula (which included Singapore then) and other parts of Asia.

Songs with Country Names

Some of these titles were, Brazil, Africa, Wonderful Copenhagen, April in Portugal, Isle of Capri, Lisbon Antigua, I Love Paris,  Tulips from Amsterdam, Marjoca Isle of Love and Three Coins in the Fountain.  When folks tire of these places they learnt foreign phrases like, Ariverdeci Roma while the more polite ones, Vaya Con Dios.

Songs with Foreign Phrases

Then tourists started learning simple foreign phrases and  picked up cultural activities from their travels.  Lifestyles were exchanged as many times as exotic music and dances.  The lyric writers penned phrases like,  Bon Soir Dame, Inamorata, Besame Mucho, That's Amore, C'est Si Bon, Jambalaya, Petite Fleur, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize.

Many drank Tequila and learned to shake their bum-bum to the marimba rhythms of, Never On Sunday, Sway, Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White), The Laughing Samba and Mambo Italiano. 

Songs with Foreign Ladies

When the American male got tired of  Miss USA he took home with him, Little Dutch Girl, Fraulein or a China Doll. Then there's Lady of Spain, Belle from Barcelona and sexy Anna.  Sometimes he would take her Under the Bridges of Paris to "make her dreams come true".

When she wanted to come home with him he said, Quizás Quizás Quizás. Even the Japanese were not forgotten as the west went east learning terms like, Chotto Matte Kudasai, Sakura and Sukiyaki. When it was all over they bid their darlings, Sayonara.

 A Girl in Every Port:

Ricky Nelson summed it all up in 1961 with wild sincerity and, Travellin' Man became a cult hit because in every port he owned, "the heart of at least one lovely girl" and like Bobby Helms and Ferlin Husky, was so proud of his sweet, "Fraulein down  from Berlin Town" and, "China Doll down in old Hong Kong".   

Luckily it was the 60s, otherwise he could have contacted AIDS.  VD wasn't so vicious. Not a coincidence that Travellin' Man and Tequila were written by the same man.

Images: Google.
You Tube Song: Bon Soir Dame, Composed by Bud Dashiell.


The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will tonight, 13th July 2014, have around 1,000 people performing a spectacle of music and dance during Brasil's 2014 FIFA closing ceremony.

Shakira and Carlinhos Brown will perform Dare; Alexandre Pires, Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean will provide a rendition of the World Cup official anthem, We Will Find A Way.  Then a medley of Brazilian songs from Pires and Ivete Sangalo.


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Andy Young* said...

Thank you NGC. Seen your blog too. It's great. Keep it going and thanks for the visit.

chakap chakap said...

If you check the names of songs against the singers you will probably find DEAN MARTIN, BING CROSBY, BOBBY HELMS, SLIM WHITMAN, RICKY NELSON, EARTHA KITT, MAURICE CHEVALIER and other well-knowns amongst them. They were top-guns in the 40s and 50s.

Rickie said...

Hi Andy
I just heard this song Bonsoir Dame by Bud and Travis from the youtube and presumed must the one you are referring to. Yes, it is an easy to play, soothing and relaxing folk song.
You must have been enjoying all this while listening to this type of song which is good for relaxation anyway thanks for the trouble.
Bst rgds

Baturo said...

Thank you Andy, for your commitment, dedication and resilience in maintaining this blog/site. I must confess that I like your subject matter but did not follow up with any contributions. But I shall try to do so in the future...

Stay well Andy! I hope to meet up with you for a coffee one of these days to relive those good times.... and I know you have lots to share!

Andy Young* said...

And thanks to Denyse, Debra and Majorie for all your replies.

CYLIN said...

Hey Andy,

Have been following your World Cup series - you sure put in heart, soul and mind. Am no soccer fan and have not watched any of the matches till last evening when I tried to sit up to catch the encore between Germany and Brazil.
So, whatever the outcome on 13/14July, I'd like to add to your song list - 'So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night' and 'Don't cry for me Argentina'. My favourite though is 'The White Rose of Athens' by Nana Mouskouri.

Adios amigo.

Andy Young* said...

Thanks for selection. They are always a gem. You know your stuff well.



Hullo Andy,
Keep up with the great work, and the good old days of the '60's alive too!
It really brings back fond memories. Nothing like the good old days, with T-Dances, house parties, concerts, talentimes, great DJs like Larry Lai & company, and our very own talent (Singers), and "home-grown" Bands, during those period.


Andy Young* said...

Thanks to you and all the rest for fabulous support for this blog.


"Goodbye girl"?

chakap chakap 2 said...

Song Review by Matthew Greenwald

One of the finest cuts on The Sandpipers album, "Bon Soir Dame" (meaning "goodbye girl" in English) is one of great examples of the group's vocal ensemble style. There is an almost jazzy shading underneath the French folk melodic base of the song, and most of this feel and flavor is due to the group's reading and performance, rather than the songwriting itself.

A fine solo section by the female section of the group is one of the finest moments in the group's canon and makes this one of the Sandpipers' true "sleepers".

Thanks to Ivor I made this check.

Dick Yip said...

That's a lovely song!

Kathy Maffei. said...

Very nice video. Lovely song. I love Bud and Travis singing this song also. I didn't know the Lennon Sisters sang the song, too.

(1 year ago from You Tube).

daisydarlin05 said...

This is one of my favorite Sandpipers' songs. It always puts me in a good mood when I hear it. I love the video too!

Andy Young* said...

Thanks Dick. It is a lovely song. Hope you will sing it some day with your ukulele strums.

anonymous said...

"England Swings Like a Pendulum Do" by Roger Miller, "Moscow" by the Beatles, "Spanish Eyes" by Al Martino, and "In a Little Spanish Town" by Frankie Avalon.