Calling You

"Calling You" is a song from the 1987 movie, Bagdad Cafe. It was originally recorded by Jevetta Steele. Bob Telson, the songwriter, also recorded his version. Both versions appeared on the movie soundtrack. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 61st Academy Awards.

"Calling You"
French vinyl single
Single by Jevetta Steele
from the album Bagdad Cafe soundtrack
Released1988 (1988)
Songwriter(s)Bob Telson
Producer(s)Bob Telson
Jevetta Steele singles chronology
"Calling You"
"I Say a Little Prayer"

Jevetta Steele versionEdit

Formats and track listingEdit

Single (Europe)
1."Calling You (Jevetta Steele)"5:20
2."Calling You (Bob Telson)"5:18
Single (France)
1."Calling You (Jevetta Steele)"5:21
2."Brenda, Brenda (Jearlyn Steele-Battle, Tommy Joe White, Marianne Sägebrecht)"6:22
Single (UK)
1."Calling You (Jevetta Steele)"3:36
2."Zweifach (Deininger Blasmusik)"2:31
Maxi single (Europe)
1."Calling You (Jevetta Steele)"3:36
2."Zweifach (Deininger Blasmusik)"2:31
3."Calling You (Bob Telson)"5:18


Chart (1988) Peak
France (SNEP)[1] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[2] 9

Celine Dion versionEdit

"Calling You"
Single by Celine Dion
from the album À l'Olympia
Released19 December 1994 (1994-12-19)
Songwriter(s)Bob Telson
Producer(s)Claude Lemay
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Only One Road"
"Calling You"
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore"

Celine Dion covered "Calling You" many times during her live performances between 1990 and 1996. The 1994 performance recorded in Olympia, Paris was included on À l'Olympia live album and released as the first and only single in December 1994.

Background and releaseEdit

Dion performed "Calling You" during her concert tours in the first half of the 1990s: Unison Tour, Celine Dion in Concert, The Colour of My Love Tour and D'eux Tour. She also sang it live on few television shows over the years.

The 1991 performance in the Winter Garden Theatre was released on the Unison home video, the 1994 performance in the Olympia, Paris was featured on À l'Olympia live album and the 1995 performance in Zénith de Paris was included on the Live à Paris DVD. "Calling You" taken from À l'Olympia was also featured as B-side on Dion's 1995 singles, "Only One Road" and "Pour que tu m'aimes encore".

The "Calling You" single was released in France on 19 December 1994. It peaked on the French Top 100 Singles Chart in the last week of 1994, reaching number seventy-five. "Calling You" left the chart after five weeks. Jose F. Promis from AllMusic called Dion's version of "Calling You" unique and praised her voice calling it a "technical marvel".

In 2006, Dion's version of "Calling You" was the musical accompaniment to an Emmy Award-winning routine by choreographer Mia Michaels for the dance competition reality show So You Think You Can Dance.

It was intended to be on the Celine Dion album in 1992, but it was replaced with "With This Tear" written by Prince.[3]

Formats and track listingEdit

Single (France)
1."Calling You (Live)"4:04
2."Le fils de Superman""4:28


Chart (1994) Peak
France (SNEP)[4] 75

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format
France[5] 19 December 1994
  • CD
  • 12"
  • 7"

Other cover versionsEdit

The song has also been covered by Paul Young on his 1990 album Other Voices, Madeline Eastman on her 1990 album Point of Departure, Holly Cole Trio on their 1991 album Blame It on My Youth, Finn Martin and Muriel Laude on their 1991 Duo album, Des'ree covered it as a b-side to her 1992 single "Why Should I Love You?", Kate Ceberano in 1992, Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø on her 1993 album Gift of Love, opera singer Julia Migenes covered the song on her Michael Kamen produced album Smile in 1994, Holly Cole on her 1996 live album It Happened One Night and on 2004 retrospective album Holly Cole Collection Vol.1, George Michael on the 1993 Five Live EP, and Giorgia on her 1993 album One More Go Round. George Benson on the 1993 Love Remembers album. In her album Aquele Frevo Axé, Brazilian singer Gal Costa also recorded this song. Paloma San Basilio recorded this song as a duet with her daughter as part of her album Perlas in 1999. Patti Austin covered this song on her 1999 CD album Street of Dreams. Swedish producer Christian Falk released a new version of this song with Jevetta Steele's vocals. The cover was released as a single from the album Quel bordel in 1999. A:xus featuring Naomi recorded a deep house version titled Bagdad Cafe with an accompanying music video released in 1999. A Spanish cover called "Casi a ras del suelo" (meaning "Almost at Ground Level") was recorded by Spanish singer Ana Belén for her 1989 album, Rosa de amor y fuego.

Natalie Cole covered this song on her 2002 CD Ask a Woman Who Knows. The song has also been covered by Gwyneth Herbert and Will Rutter on the album First Songs (2003). Also Barbra Streisand included her version on The Movie Album in 2003. Jeff Buckley's 1993 cover was released in 2003 on Live at Sin-é. A studio version by Buckley, also from 1993, was released on his 2016 album You and I. Lara Fabian included her cover version on En Toute Intimité CD and DVD in 2003. The song was also recorded by Edyta Górniak and included on the Polish re-edition of her album Invisible in 2003. Juliette Schoppmann released a version in 2003 on her Unique album and as a single. The 2003 self-titled debut album by UK band Ikon included a version recorded with singer Kirsty Hawkshaw. Etta James recorded the song on her 2006 album entitled All the Way. Charlotte Church released her version of the song as the B-side to her 2006 single "Moodswings (to Come at Me like That)". Luiza Possi recorded the song on her 2007 album A Vida é Mesmo Agora - Ao Vivo. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's version was recorded in 2004 and released on her 2009 CD Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson at Ravinia. Aoi Teshima also recorded a version on her album The Rose - I Love Cinemas (2008). Anne Sofie von Otter recorded the song on her 2010 album Love Songs. The Fragile band included their version of the song on their 2010 album Next Level. Cover by Pedro Aznar was registered for his 2010 album A solas con el mundo. Trio Désolé featuring Lorraine Caron recorded the song in 2013 and released it on their album Sweet Surrender. Jazz Country, released February 18, 2014, by Amy Cervini, includes this song. In 2017, Viktoria Tolstoy released an album on ACT Music of interpretations of film music titled Meet Me At The Movies including Calling You. Iiro Rantala and Nils Landgren are special guests for this title. Dutch jazz singer and violinist Jann Cnossen recorded the song on her self-titled debut album Jann in 1998.


  1. ^ " – Jevetta Steele – Calling You" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  2. ^ " – Jevetta Steele – Calling You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
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  4. ^ " – Celine Dion – Calling You" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  5. ^ "Celine Dion – Calling You". Discogs. Retrieved 22 February 2017.