The Latin Fury! Song Spotlight Series takes a closer look at the songs that are part of the show.
This song spotlight is on “Sway”!
“Sway” ("¿Quién será?") first came to life in the early 1950s – first by Luis Demetrio, then by Pablo Beltran Ruiz who was the first to record I, before it went to Pedro Infante, for whom it had been originally created.
A strong hit in Latin American markets thanks to Infante, it underwent a significant lyrical change from the pen of Norman Gimbel, who shifted its a story away from the psyche of a lovesick man and into an enchanting ode to romance on the dance floor between a man and his alluring dance partner.
Dean Martin released this new version in 1954, earning a Top 15 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and finding new international appeal for the revamped song.
Since then, “Sway” has been successfully covered by a diverse group of artists – including the British group Shaft, Canadian Michael Bublé, and the American troupe The Pussycat Dolls – each of whom have found their own success with the song.
With its abundance of musical charm and danceable nature, “Sway” makes everyone smile, so it’s quite understandable that it is a reliable Latin Fury! favourite.
Here’s a taste of “Sway” the Latin Fury! way from our PBS Special:
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