Pavarotti in pop songs

Happy Valentine’s Day with Pavarotti!

Today is Valentine’s Day! It’s time to celebrate love and especially the love for the one that you love the most! So why not celebrate love with the great Pavarotti?

For this very special occasion I’ve selected the wonderful song “If We Were In Love” from the romantic film “Yes, Giorgio”. The video below is taken from the film.

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So now you just have to do what you have to do: Buy these flowers and that box of chocolates, and then take your love for a grand tour in a balloon while you sing excerpts from the Italian opera repertoire and more. Or you could just send that special someone a text message via your phone. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day! Buon San Valentino! Love and amore from Odd Pavarotti Blog! 🙂

This blog post no. 306 was first published 14-02-2016. Last revision 14-02-2016.

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Pavarotti & Friends sing the classic Beatles song “All You Need Is Love”

On Christmas Eve 2015 all official studio albums by The Beatles became available on various streaming services for the first time. What a Christmas present! To celebrate this wonderful news Pavarotti & Friends sing the classic Beatles song All You Need Is Love.

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The Pavarotti & Friends video is taken from the concert “Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia and Tibet” in Modena, Italy in 2000. Can you see what friends are singing together with Pavarotti on this song?

This Pavarotti & Friends concert is available on Decca CD, download and streaming, as well as on Decca DVD. The concert was also shown on TV.

Here is the official ad for The Beatles streaming launch.

This post was first published 28-12-2015. Last revision 28-12-2015.

Frank Sinatra & Luciano Pavarotti: Taking “My Way” to new heights

Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. The US singer and movie actor Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915.

Frank Sinatra became an American popular icon with a career that lasted over six decades. His singing career stands out as one of the most successful and legendary in popular music ever, but he also had a very successful career as an actor in many movies.

Above all we remember Frank Sinatra the singer today. In concerts and on recordings. The Sinatra discography stands out in popular music. The Sinatra discography is an essential part of 20th century popular music.

Throughout his career Frank Sinatra collaborated with many great singers, musicians and actors. In 1993, in the last stage of his career, Sinatra recorded a string of studio duets with such great artists as Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Liza Minnelli, just to mention a few.

These recording sessions resulted in the release of two Sinatra duets album: Duets was issued in 1993 and Duets II was issued in 1994, both on single CDs. Both albums stands out as classy classics even today. Or maybe even more so today than when they were first released.

As part of the Duets project Sinatra also recorded My Way with the great Luciano Pavarotti. This recording wasn’t included in neither of the two Duets albums, but in 1995 this recording was issued as a bonus track on the Sinatra live album Sinatra 80th: Live in Concert (1 CD).

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This Sinatra-Pavarotti duet was also included as a bonus track on a release of both Duets albums in 2005 as Duets and Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collector’s Edition (2 CDs). The Sinatra-Pavarotti version of “My Way” was only included on international pressings, and not on North American pressings, of this album.

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In 2013 the Sinatra Duets project celebrated its 20th anniversary and the release of several Duets anniversary albums appeared. All of the following three versions includes the Sinatra-Pavarotti duet:

Duets Twentieth Anniversary: Deluxe Edition (2 CDs) included all duets from the two Duets albums, duets that weren’t included on the original Duets albums and previously unreleased duet recordings from the project.

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Best Of Duets (1 CD) was a compilation of highlights from the Duets project.

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Duets Twentieth Anniversary: Super Deluxe Box Set (2 LPs, 3 CDs, 1 DVD) is for the die-hard fan and also includes a 20-page LP sized booklet and an embossed lithograph with envelope, all packed together in an elegant box.

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The Sinatra-Pavarotti duet of “My Way” is also included on many Pavarotti compilations, such as Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks” (2 CDs) which was also issued in 2013.

The Sinatra-Pavarotti duet of “My Way” is very popular among Pavarotti fans. This duet is easily available on the albums mentioned above and on other albums, on CD, download and streaming.

It seems that this duet is not available on YouTube. I therefore have included versions of “My Way” sung by Sinatra and Pavarotti (as part of The Three Tenors) separately. Look how Sinatra salutes The Three Tenors after their performance of the song! This video is taken from the The Three Tenors concert in Los Angeles in 1994.

Sinatra and Pavarotti did only perform together on stage a couple of times but they just recorded this duet together. One thing is certain: Sinatra and Pavarotti managed to take “My Way” to new heights!

Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998. In a statement Pavarotti said that Sinatra was “the Mozart of popular music”. He was indeed.

This post was first published 12-12-2015. Last revision 12-12-2015.

Are you ready for a wonderful Pavarotti summer?

Summer is upon us once more! I just have one little question to you all: Are you ready for a wonderful Pavarotti summer? I’m sure you are! Here are three summer related Pavarotti tunes for you to start off your fantastic Pavarotti summer!

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First off is the Italian traditional song “Vieni sul mar'” (“Come to the sea”), followed by the aria “Cielo e mar” (“Sky and sea”) from the Ponchielli opera La Gioconda. We finish with the pop song “Tu e il tuo mare” (“You and your sea”) from his last studio album “Ti Adoro”.

As you can see, we’re all off to the sea! Hope you’ll have a wonderful summer, at the sea or elsewhere! Wherever you are, take some Pavarotti tunes with you! 🙂

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This post was first published 29-06-2015. Last revised 29-06-2015.

Pavarotti Mexican compilation CD

When you think you’ve seen all the Pavarotti albums there are in the world, new ones pops up, in a record store somewhere or somewhere online.

My latest find is “La Voz De Luciano Pavarotti”, a compilation CD from Mexico. This CD, which translates “The voice of …”, is a compilation of Pavarotti singing Italian popular songs. The CD was issued on Decca by Universal Music Mexico in 2014.

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This CD can be bought online at Almaraz records, or the next time you or somebody you know goes to Mexico.

We celebrate this with a funny Mexican tribute to Pavarotti. Pavarotti sings Cielito Lindo together with Enrique Iglesias from a Pavarotti & Friends concert (not included on this Mexican CD).

More about Pavarotti in Mexico in later posts!

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This post was first published 18-11-2014. Last revision 18-11-2014.

Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest: Amore, volare, liberty, unity, trains … and Pavarotti!

The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is upon us again! You may love ESC, you may hate ESC, but I’m sure you have opinions about ESC!

This song competition has become so huge that you can’t escape it. It’s just like the Olympics: When it’s there you just have to adjust to its very presence.

So let’s get into the ESC mood by presenting the six best songs from Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest! Thru the history of the ESC Italy has presented many wonderful songs and has won the competition twice.

Here are my six favourite songs presented by the original singer of the song in ESC, except for the first song, for obvious reasons …

1958: Domenico Modugno: Nel blu, dipinto di blu (aka. Volare) (3rd place). A song about the joy of flying. Here it’s sung by the great Pavarotti! Volare is the only ESC song that Pavarotti ever sang. It’s taken from the studio album Volare, and is also to be found on many Pavarotti compilation albums such as Pavarotti Forever.

1964: Gigliola Cinquetti: Non ho l’età (Winner!). A teenage girl admits she’s to young to date the guy of her dreams, but she dreams on.

1974: Gigliola Cinquetti: (2nd place). Now the same teenage girl has become a young woman and simply says yes!

1977: Mia Martini: Libera (13th place). A song about every woman’s rights to be free and decide for her self what she wants to do in life!

1984: Alice & Franco Battiato: I treni di Tozeur (5th place). The most operatic and train related contribution to the ESC ever! Glorious operatic choir and divine acting by Alice and in particular mr. Battiato!

1990: Toto Cutugno: Insieme: 1992 (Winner!). A song about European unity! It’s time for Europe to unite! Into the European Union, of course!

All the best to all the participating countries in this years ESC! May the best song win! And most of all: Have fun while it lasts! It’s a whole year until next time! 🙂

This post was originally published 09-05-2014. Last revision 07-05-2016.

Pavarotti’s solar eclipse concert in Romania in 1999

On 11th August 1999 a total solar eclipse occurred which was visible in parts of Europe and Asia.

One of the countries was Romania. On that very same day Pavarotti held a concert in the Romanian capital Bucharest celebrating this solar eclipse, a concert also known as Pavarotti’s solar eclipse concert.

A stamp picturing Pavarotti was also issued in Romania to mark this occasion.

Here is Pavarotti singing O sole mio from that concert! It’s only natural that he sang that song! I’m afraid I haven’t found any more clips on YouTube from that concert!

Anyhow: Enjoy! 🙂