“La Bamba” is indefinable in English, being a play on words in Spanish. Originating some 300 years ago in Mexico, it was given its current incarnation by Ritchie Valens in 1958.
This version by Los Lobos in 1989 is a better reproduction.
broken video? try this
A star-studded cast hiding behind the animation here, from the film Shrek. It seems impossible to sing this without energy. La Vida Loca, composed by Desmond Child and Draco Rosa and released by Ricky Martin in 1999, is Spanish for “The Crazy Life” and hopefully we are living it skilfully.
Broken video? – try this.
The original version by Ricky Martin is worth a listen for energy and quality.
From 2009, before she was really famous, and with a less challenging video than usual. The sound quality here is terrific, though: the actual music starts at 1:30.
Written by RedOne, Gaga and Akon, and released in 2008.
The title song and dance, performed by Gene Kelly in 1952.
Not only did Kelly sing and dance this piece, he choreographed the dance, and co-directed the film. His co-director, Stanley Donen, said that this routine was a nightmare to film, taking over three days. They were unable to film after 3.30pm, for instance, as the neighbours watering their lawns meant there was insufficient water for the effects.
The song was written by Nacio Herb Brown (music) and Arthur Freed (lyrics)