” Una Paloma Blanca ” is by George Baker ( Johannes Bouwens ) and The George Baker Selection, the Dutch group. The song was written and produced by Dutch musician George Baker.
The song was released as a single by the record label Warner Bros in 1975 as part of his band The George Baker Selection.
Called initially Soul Invention the group’s name was changed to become The George Baker Selection, the lead singer George changed from Johannes Bouwens to George Baker after a character in a detective novel.
In 1974 singer Lida Bond ( Lydia Bont ) joined four years after the group’s real success had come with the single and album, ” Little Green Bag “, the song was later used for the film Reservoir Dogs.
The George Baker Selection changed musical direction from their previous hit single and became a more middle of the road; this was to prove to be a good move as their next single ” Una Paloma Blanca ” became an international success.
With a catchy tune and feel good lyrics like ” I can feel the morning sunlight, I can smell the new-mown hay ” and ” Over the mountains I fly, no one can take my freedom away “.
The song seemed to sum up the sunshine kissed, free spirit of the 1970s. Holidaymakers of Europe instantly took to the song, later George was quoted that the song was about a ” poor South American farmer who works hard all day and then sits by a tree and dreams of being a white bird with its freedom “.
” Una Paloma Blanca ” or ” Paloma Blanca ” which means white Dove in English became a smash hit in the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety and climbed to reach number twenty-six, it stayed on the chart for a total of fifteen weeks.
The Group also reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and thirty-three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Charts.
Outside of the United States, ” Una Paloma Blanca ” was a big hit in Europe, the song went to the top of the chart in Germany and remained at the top for ten weeks.
The song was also topped the singles charts in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, South Africa and New Zealand.
In the United Kingdom, it reached number ten on the UK Singles Chart; it spent one week in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 26
UK Highest Chart Position: 10
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 2, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada (RPM) 10, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1, Canada Country (RPM) 36, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Italy (FIMI) 12, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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