Mocedades releases the song ‘Despite everything… Merry Christmas’

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Youththe training led by the historic Javier Garaypremieres Despite everything… Merry Christmastheir new song that is now available on Spotify, YouTube and other platforms.

“There are voices that are a balm for the soul and spirit”says Óscar GĂłmez, composer and lyricist of Despite everything… Merry Christmasalso responsible for other Mocedades hits such as man’s love. Javier Garay and the singer Belen Esteve open this hymn and then give way to the unmistakable choruses of Luis Hornedo, Aitor Melgosa and Iciar Ibarrondo.

“Sounds totally like Mocedades”the last of the historic six of Eurovision 73 still in the group points out excitedly about a hit that “returns us to the forefront of the musical panorama”. According to Europa Press, the song was recorded at the TĂ­o Pete studios in Bilbao, directed by another living legend from Mocedades, the also historic Carlos Zubiaga.

Without becoming a Christmas carol itself, the song conveys the message of peace that only Christmas can give in this bloody time of wars and political instability”, adds Javier Garay. Mocedades thus culminates a full year, which began last January with the premiere of the latest version of his classic It’s youalready with Belen Esteve as a soloist. In tribute to all the mothers of the world, in May they also released It’s you… momperformed with a choir of 30 children from a Madrid school.

Mocedades thus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the song that re-launched Spain in international music, after the first places of Massiel (1968) and SalomĂ© (1969). It’s you It is the only Spanish song selected among the 10 best in the history of the festival, it obtained a brilliant second place in 1973 by reaching 125 points.

It’s youwritten by the composer Juan Carlos Calderon, crossed borders and was the 9th best-selling album in the US the week of March 23 to 30, 1974, according to the Billboard Hot 100 list, of which it was part for more than a year. It ranked first in Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador and New Zealand.

Even today, Eres tĂș, which had a version, in addition to Spanish, in English, French, German and Italian, and years later also in Basque, is a symbol in the history of Spanish music. Among the official versions there are artists of the stature of Bing Crosby, Il Divo, Ray Conniff, Petula Clark, Luis Miguel, AndrĂ©s Calamaro, Sergio Dalma or Sole GimĂ©nez Without forgetting Chaval de la Peca and Las Supremas de MĂłstoles.


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