Frankie Valli Celebrates Spanish-Language Update of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You': 'It's Amazing How This Song Has Had So Much Light'
Oct. 29, 2020
His "Te Quiero Baby," with Chesca and Pitbull, debuts on Hot Latin Songs at No. 40.
"Te Quiero Baby" marks one of two current hits that bring back " Can't Take My Eyes Off You ": Surf Mesa's "ily," featuring Emilee, spends a third week at No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and hits new highs of No. 3 on Pop Songs and No. 27 on the Hot 100.
Shares Chesca, "Actually, when 'ily' came out, I was bummed out. We recorded this song a while ago; it took us a while to get the clearance." After Surf Mesa heard "Te Quiero Baby," he commented on Chesca's Instagram with a "nice." Her interpretation: Surf Mesa was "hinting we had copied his intention, but I thought it was OK; our version has such a different vibe. Actually, I wanted to put out a remix with him, to collaborate with him."
Chesca, originally from Puerto Rico, adds that a remix of "Te Quero Baby" is on the way, but not with the Seattle-born Surf Mesa, but another American artist. "My version will remain in Spanish, and Pitbull and the other featured artist will sing in English. All I can say is that it's an urban act," she teases.
Chesca and Pitbull performed "Te Quiero Baby" live for the first time at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Oct. 21. "It was such an amazing experience. I have been waiting for that moment my whole life," Chesca marvels. "I wanted to honor the original song, so I started with an a cappella of the original."
"It's always great to have a new audience," Valli, 86 and forever a Jersey boy , muses. "I've had my day in the sun and it has certainly been sensational. We always talked about the possibility of getting someone to do this song in Spanish. To see that some of the work that we did in the '60s is still very viable and people still love it feels terrific."
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