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Besame, Besame Mucho

June 5, 2013
Posted at 8:51 pm

If you have followed the "Model Student" series, you might remember that from Tony's first appearance at Nationals, the song "Besame Mucho" (Kiss me a lot) was in his playlist. In his first mixed doubles Open competition with Lissa, they inadvertently cued their Argentine opponents with the music and "danced" on the court.

I happened across a bit of trivia today while listening to the radio that I had to check out and verify, then pass on to you.

Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velazquez wrote the song in 1940 and it became the most sung and recorded Mexican song in the world. Even the Beatles got in on it and it was in their stage playlist and was one of their audition pieces for Decca records who turned them down and told them to go home. The English words they used were not a direct translation. Jimmy Dorsey's recording was slow and mellow. Andre Bocelli's version is soft and seductive. Cesaria Evora's version is raw, primal sex.

The oddball thing was that according to Velazquez, at the time she wrote it, she'd never been kissed as she believed kissing was a sin. I sincerely hope she got over that!