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Dino Olivieri
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Nino Rastelli
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"J'attendrai," meaning "I will wait" in French, is a beloved song first recorded by Rina Ketty in 1938. It became a significant French anthem during World War II, comparable to Lale Andersen's "Lili Marleen" in Germany and Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again" in Britain.

"J'attendrai" is the French adaptation of the Italian song "Tornerai," which translates to "You Will Return." The song was composed by Dino Olivieri (music) and Nino Rastelli (lyrics) in 1936. It's said to draw inspiration from the Humming Chorus of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly. The song was first recorded in 1937 by Carlo Buti and Trio Lescano (accompanied by the Italian jazz quartet Quartetto Jazz Funaro), and quickly became a hit in Italy.

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Car l'oiseau qui s'enfuit vient chercher l'oubli

Dans son nid

The French lyrics are by Louis Poterat. "J'attendrai" quickly gained popularity after its release. Rina Ketty's version was swiftly followed by Belgian singer Anne Clercy's rendition in the same year. Both Tino Rossi and Jean Sablon recorded it in 1939. When France was occupied in 1940, the song became an emblematic war anthem, with the title interpreted as a longing for peace or liberation.

A popular rendition of the song was recorded by Dalida for her 1975 album, J'attendrai. The single was released on January 12, 1976, and it holds the status of the first disco hit in France.

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Title in French


French Crooner Sablon performs one of the 20th Century's most beautiful love songs, "J'attendrai" (I Will Wait) by Dino Olivieri and Louis Poterat. Jean Sablon with Wal-Berg's Orchestra.


Title in Italian

Věřím dál 

℗ 1967 SUPRAPHON a.s.


Title in English

I'll Be Yours

(1946) - Hildegarde

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Words by Louis Poterat Music by Dino Olivieri Copyright © 1938 by P. Leonardi, Milano Italy Copyright Renewed All Rights Administered by Southern Music Publishing Co. International Copyright Secured All Rights Reserved

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