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This was originally an Italian Pop song recorded by Umberto Tozzi in 1979. Branigan covered it on her debut album. The song was written by Tozzi with the Italian composer Giancarlo Bigazzi. The Canadian songwriter Trevor Veitch, who wrote some of Sheena Easton's hits, worked on Branigan's version.
Branigan's version earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. She lost to Melissa Manchester's "You Should Hear How He Talks About You."
This song was very popular in many countries. In Germany, Branigan's version was #1 while the original Italian version was #2. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
The song was also recorded by Sheila B. in French. Interestingly, each version of the song (the original Italian, the Laura Branigan version and the Sheila B. all have somewhat different lyrical meanings, and are not literal translations. (thanks, Jeff - Scottsdale, AZ)
Branigan covered "Ti Amo," another Umberto Tozzi song, on her 1984 album Self Control. Again, the title was the same, but the rest of the words were translated (not literally). (thanks, Martin - Los Angeles, CT)
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