Caterina Valente was born in Paris to an Italian family. A true polyglot, she has sung in ‘about 12’ different languages, and apparently she was especially popular in Germany. Here she performs with her brother Silvio Francesco, singing a song by the Cuban musician Ñico Saquito.
In the 1950s few people could afford a holiday abroad, and a cheap alternative was to buy an LP of exotic foreign music. ‘Olé Caterina’ was Valente’s second LP, released in 1957, and it offered the listener a package holiday to Latin America. It’s just her and Silvio singing with two acoustic guitars, and the duo perform with the kind of effortless charm that doesn’t seem to exist in music these days. It’s a lost gem that deserves to be rediscovered.
Here is a blog that features a lot of her old vinyl LPs: http://luigis50s60svinylcorner.blogspot.co.uk/
MARÍA CRISTINA ESTRIBILLO: María Cristina me quiere gobernar Yo le sigo, le sigo la corriente Porque no quiero que diga la gente Que María Cristina me quiere gobernar Que vamos a la playa, allá voy Que coge la maleta, y la cojo Que tírate en la arena, y me tiro Que súbete en el puente, y me subo Que quítate la ropa, y me la quito Que súbete en el agua, ¡No! ¡No , no, no, no, María Cristina, que no, que no, que no, que no!
MARÍA CRISTINA CHORUS: Maria Cristina wants to control me I follow her, I go with the flow Because I don’t want people to say That Maria Cristina wants to control me Let’s go to the beach, here I come Grab your suitcase, and I grab it Throw yourself in the sand, I throw myself Go up the bridge, I go up Take your clothes off, I take them off Jump in the water, No! No, no, no, no, Maria Cristina! No, no, no no!
CHORDS / ACORDES:
Intro: F & C
Chorus: F – D – G – C
Verse: C & F