"Susanna" (1984) - the story of Adriano Celentano's biggest hit

It was the VOF de Kunst group that gave the world this beautiful, melodic work... And it's a pity that today only a few people know about this group...

The story of one song: "Susanna" by Adriano Celentano - meaning, facts, clip

"Susanna" is an ageless hit that we all love and know performed by the legendary Adriano Celentano! And who could imagine that this is only cover version… Yes Yes. In fact, Celentano did not write this song, but simply borrowed from the repertoire of the Dutch pop group VOF de Kunst. As a result, the cover surpassed not only the original, but also all the expectations of Celentano himself: "Suzanna" became a huge hit in many countries of the world, and for several decades, listeners have been wondering if this charming girl really was? Well, let's try to figure it out together...

The success of "Suzanna" performed by Celentano

Adriano Celentano, album I miei americani
Adriano Celentano, album I miei americani

In 1984 year comes out I miei americani - successful tribute album Celentano, consisting of world-famous American hits by popular artists (with the exception, just the same, of the Beatle song "Michelle" and "Suzanne"). Everything 11th masterpieces have been specially translated into Italian. As you may have noticed, the arrangements also underwent some changes... The record quickly became a bestseller! Even today, after so many years, it still carries weight... According to most critics, I miei americani is one of the most important moments in the career of the Italian icon. The success of the album was so great that later Celentano would release its sequel under a plain name I miei americani 2 (the disc will also be generously stuffed with world hits...)

It was at I miei americani that the cult composition about "Susanna", which instantly became a popular hit! IN 1984 year this song was actively heard on television and radio, in fact - nothing has changed even decades later! It's still the same favorite incendiary hit that finds an ardent response in the hearts of more and more listeners ... The music video below has gained over one million views! On it we can see Adriano Celentano in the prime of life, dancing with a charming blonde (who, apparently, personifies the image of that same Susanna ...)

If we compare the version Celentano and original group VOF de Kunst, then it is not surprising that it was the cover that became a hit with its more rhythmic melody and more incendiary sound ... Actually - let's talk about the creation of the Dutch pop group in more detail!

A bit about VOF de Kunst

Group VOF de Kunst (The Art Company)
Group VOF de Kunst (The Art Company)

This Dutch pop group was founded in 1983 year in Tilburg. In Europe it is known as The Art Company. Basically, the team gained fame thanks to its hit "Susanna"! In the band's home country, the song reached number one on the chart, while in the UK it entered the top 20...

Today, few people remember this group: in 80s VOF de Kunst released 3 albums including Get It Out Of Your Head 1984 of the year. Starting from the second half 90s members of the group played in theatrical productions. Generally - "Susanna" was their only major achievement. Adriano Celentano widely glorified this composition, but she also had other performers ... And they were pretty good!

Versions by other artists

In the same year as Adriano Celentano, a Kosovo Albanian presented his version of the hit Nasser Jinovtsi from the group Minatori: he recorded an Albanian version of "Susanna" and gave it the name "Mihane"

Luis Javier Piedrajita Gaviria (Fausto) was the fourth in the list of artists who recorded this track! His version was very popular in the 80s among the inhabitants. Latin America! Great spanish version "Suzanne" introduced Ricky Martin: the musician also included this beautiful composition in his debut solo album. Single titled "Susana" went out in 1992 year. A charming music video was filmed for it, which received over one million views on YouTube

Fun fact: Tamil song Oh Sona from the movie Vaalee 1999 of the year is informally based on "Suzanne"!


Adriano Celentano
Adriano Celentano

What "Susanna" became a big hit - both for listeners and directly, and for Celentano himself - an indisputable fact. But do not forget to whom we still owe ... It is the group VOF de Kunst gave the world this beautiful, melodic work ... And it is a pity that today only a few know about this group. Concerning Adriano Celentano, then he deserves special praise: with minimal adjustments, he managed to achieve a fantastic effect! We can say that he made an ageless hit from just a good song for generations to come ... Was there a real Suzanne? Today we can only guess about it.


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