Maria Ninguém

"Maria Ninguém" ("Maria Nobody") is a song written by Carlos Lyra and first released by Brazilian bossa nova singer João Gilberto on his album Chega de Saudade in April 1959. It has been covered by numerous artists, most notably by Cliff Richard, who sang a Spanish-language version titled "Maria No Mas".

"Maria Ninguém"
Song by João Gilberto
from the album Chega de Saudade
ReleasedApril 1959 (1959-04)
GenreBossa nova
Length2:21
LabelOdeon
Songwriter(s)Carlos Lyra
Producer(s)Antônio Carlos Jobim

Cliff Richard versionEdit

"Maria No Mas"
 
Cover of the single released in the Netherlands
Single by Cliff Richard and the Shadows
from the album When in Spain
ReleasedNovember 1963 (1963-11)
Recorded1 May & 28 May 1963[1]
Studio
GenrePop
Length2:07
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Norrie Paramor
Cliff Richard and the Shadows singles chronology
"Don't Talk to Him"
(1963)
"Maria No Mas"
(1963)
"Constantly (L'Edera)"
(1964)

Originally written and recorded in Portuguese, it was rewritten in Spanish for Cliff Richard and the Shadows' album When in Spain.[1]

ReleaseEdit

"Maria No Mas" was released as a single in Belgium and the Netherlands in November 1963 with the B-side, "Tus Besos", written by Lionel Newman. In Germany, it was released in March 1964 with the B-side being a cover of "Spanish Harlem", written by Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector. Both B-sides of these two releases were solely credited to Cliff Richard, with backing by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra.[2][3] In Spain, an EP, titled Un Saludo de Cliff, was released in 1963, with four tracks from When in Spain.[4]

Track listingEdit

7": Columbia / CH 3035 (Belgium & Netherlands)

  1. "Maria No Mas" – 2:07
  2. "Tus Besos" – 2:50

7": Columbia / C 22 667 (Germany)

  1. "Maria No Mas" – 2:07
  2. "Spanish Harlem" – 2:58

EP: Odeon / 7EPL 13.955 (Spain)

  1. "Maria No Mas" – 2:07
  2. "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" – 2:31
  3. "La Cancion de Orfeo" – 3:53
  4. "Me Lo Dijo Adela" – 2:04

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1964) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 45
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 2
Spain (Promusicae)[8] 16
Venezuela[9] 3

Other versionsEdit

  • In 1959, Carlos Lyra released his own version on his version on his debut album Bossa Nova.[10]
  • In 1964, French singer Brigitte Bardot covered the song on her album B.B..[11]
  • In 1964, American Paul Winter covered the song with Carlos Lyra on their album The Sound of Ipanema.[12]
  • In 1994, Brazilian singer João Bosco covered the song on the tribute album Songbook Carlos Lyra.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Cliff Richard Song Database - Song Details". www.cliffrichardsongs.com. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  2. ^ "Cliff Richard - Maria No Mas". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  3. ^ "Cliff Richard And The Shadows - Maria No Mas". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  4. ^ Cliff Richard And The Shadows - Maria No Mas, retrieved 2021-08-03
  5. ^ "Cliff Richard & the Shadows – Maria No Mas" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Cliff Richard & the Shadows – Maria No Mas" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Cliff Richard – Maria No Mas" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 1979). Sólo éxitos: Año a año, 1959–2002. Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 978-84-8048-639-2.
  9. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 9 May 1964. p. 30. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Carlos Lyra – Bossa Nova (1959, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  11. ^ "Brigitte Bardot – B.B. (1964, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  12. ^ "Paul Winter With Carlos Lyra – The Sound Of Ipanema (1965, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  13. ^ "Songbook Carlos Lyra (1994, CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-08-03.