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The Let's Live Abroad! Advert

What's that tune? Who sings it? Where can I buy it?

 

The Let's Live Abroad! tune has been provoking a number of enquiries. What is the tune? Who sings it? Where can I buy it?

Jeanette Dimech

The catchy, romantic pop song is Porque Te Vas (Because You're Leaving) by Jeanette.

Jeanette Dimech was born 10 October, 1951 in London; her Belgian father had an export business and her mother was originally from the Canaries. She went to live in Chicago and Los Angeles before moving to Spain when she was 12. After her parents separated, she moved to Barcelona with her mother and two younger brothers. Like so many children who move to Spain, they soon made friends and learned to speak Spanish fluently. Jeanette learned to play guitar and write her own songs. She joined a student band called Pic-Nic as a singer and, in 1969, enjoyed some success with a folksy version of a Spanish children’s song, Cállate Niña. During the seventies she moved to Vienna with her husband, Hungarian musician Laszlo Kristof and began her solo career with her first single in 1970, Soy Rebelde (I Am a Rebel). The single, written by Manuel Alejandro charted in Spain before Jeanette went on to record both English and French versions.

Jeanette and her first band, Pic-Nic

Jeanette’s biggest success was Porque Te Vas (Because You’re Leaving), written by José Luis Perales. Although originally released in 1974, after the song was used in Carlos Saura’s prize-winning film Cria Cuervos (Raise Crows) at Cannes in 1976, the tune soared to number one in Spain and Germany and became a massive hit across Europe (except the UK). Jeanette has not enjoyed a similar success since, although her single Frente a Frente from her 1988 album, Corazón de Poeta, was another hit for her in Spain.

Jeanette's Porque Te Vas is on the album Sigo Ribelde and can be purchased from branches of the Spanish department store, El Corte Ingles or on the Internet.