Quando quando quando

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"Quando quando quando" (or "Quando, Quando, Quando", pronounced [ˈkwando ˈkwando ˈkwando]; "When, When, When") is an Italian pop song from 1962, in the bossa nova style, with music written by Tony Renis and lyrics by Alberto Testa. The song, originally recorded in two different versions by Tony Renis and Emilio Pericoli, competed in the Sanremo Music Festival in 1962, where it placed fourth, and later became a commercial success in Italy, topping the Musica e dischi singles chart.[1] American entertainer Pat Boone, who recorded the song in 1962, sang the English lyrics written by Ervin Drake.[2]

"Quando quando quando"
Song by Tony Renis and Emilio Pericoli
LanguageItalian (original)
English titleWhen, When, When?
Composer(s)Tony Renis
Lyricist(s)Mogol-Testa (Italian original)

English-language versionsEdit

The song has been used and remixed by many artists and in many different arrangements, including English pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck in 1968. In 2005, Michael Bublé performed the song as a duet with Nelly Furtado. There is an instrumental Latin version by Edgardo Cintron and The Tiempos Noventa Orchestra. The song was a 1962 Billboard Top 100 entry by Pat Boone.

Quando is the only Italian word normally retained in most English-language renditions of the song.

Pat Boone sang the starting piece in Italian but then carried on the rest of it in English, repeating every now and again some Italian words. The Italian words sung by Boone are:

Dimmi quando tu verrai,
dimmi quando... quando... quando...
l'anno, il giorno e l'ora in cui
forse tu mi bacerai...

(in cui means when, or in which.)

Other singers who played the song include:

Other versionsEdit

  • Caterina Valente, an Italian singer, recorded a German version in 1962 Sag mir Quando, Quando, Quando.
  • Tito Rodríguez, a Puerto Rican conductor, arranger and singer, recorded this song in mambo style, entitled Cuando, cuando, cuando.
  • Roberto Blanco, a singer of Cuban origins working in Germany, sings in a mixed German and Italian.
  • Sinn Sisamouth, a Khmer singer, recorded a Cambodian version in the 1960s.
  • Tiiu Varik, Estonian singer, recorded Estonian version in 1964 for Estonian Television. Later also other artists, for example Mati Nuude and Toomas Anni recorded that song.
  • Jüri Lipp, an Estonian singer in Canada, recorded an Estonian version in 1968.
  • 1992 Gilberto Santa Rosa, single in Spanish Cuando cuando, published in Venezuela, (text by Rodriguez) (Columbia Records, 3.99.192); album A dos tiempos de un tiempo (Sony, DCC80895), released in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and the United States of America.
  • Gisella Cozzo, the Italo-Australian singer, sang both the English and Italian versions in her bilingual album Double released in 2015.
  • Teddy Mac – The Songaminute Man, in 2016, a gentleman who at 80 recorded "Quando, Quando, Quando" with "You Make Me Feel So Young" at Abbey Road after his son uploaded his videos to YouTube featuring the two of them singing along with the stereo while riding in the car. Proceeds from sales of the song are split between Teddy and his wife and the Alzheimer's Society in England, as Teddy has Alzheimer's.
  • Deana Martin recorded "Quando, Quando, Quando" on her 2016 album Swing Street.
  • Marco T, 2014 a Colombian singer recorded a Spanish version.
  • Bunny Walters, released as the B side of his 1973 single Home Isn't Home Anymore.
  • Filippa Giordano, 2011, album: Alma italiana, pasión latina.
  • The Kessler Twins performed the song for a Scopitone music video.
  • Chilean singer, based for many years in Spain, Monna Bell, recorded in 1962 a version with swing style arrangements and Spanish lyrics, entitled Cuando, cuando, cuando.

In popular cultureEdit


  1. ^ "Billboard Music Week - Hits of the World". Billboard. 31 March 1962. p. 15. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ "ASCAP". 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 30 September 1967. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com Sergio Franchi

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