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Isabel Booth  Identity Verified
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Dec 18, 2007

An interesting half hour of listening courtesy of BBC radio via the internet:

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Pop in Translation
Saturday 15 December 2007 10:30-11:00 (Radio 4 FM)

During the 1960s many pop artists, from the Beatles to David Bowie, attempted to boost their success with foreign-language versions of their hits. Mark Radcliffe looks at one of pop music's quirkier episodes.


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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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Great! Dec 18, 2007

I think the translation of pop songs even went on for a while, well into the 70's.

I'm certainly going to listen to this, thanks!

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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continues all the time Dec 19, 2007

I can only speak for Finnish, but I would guess pop-songs are being translated all the time. Italian songs are sung everywhere in translations/new wordings.
On the other hand there are so many smashing songs in the world which are unknown to the English speaking world. The same is true for movies, only a small fraction is ever seen on screens in the English speeaking countries.

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