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Cara Mia

"Cara Mia"
Single by Jay and the Americans
from the album Blockbusters
B-side "When It's All Over"
Released 1965
Genre Rock
Length 2:35
Label United Artists Records
Writer(s) Lee Lange
Tulio Trapani
Producer(s) Artie Ripp
Jay and the Americans singles chronology
"Think Of The Good Times"
"Cara Mia"
"Some Enchanted Evening"

"Cara Mia" is a popular song published in 1954 that became a UK number 1 and US number 10 hit for English singer David Whitfield in 1954 and a #4 hit for the American pop group Jay and the Americans in 1965. Jay & The Americans' version went into the charts in the Netherlands when it was re-released in 1980. The title means "my beloved" in Italian.


The English singer David Whitfield first recorded the song with the Mantovani Orchestra in 1954. This recording made the charts in the United States, and in the UK it was the first record to spend ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Whitfield's version was one of the biggest selling British records in the pre-rock days.[1] It sold more than three and a half million copies worldwide and was a Top 10 hit in America.[1]


Authorship of the song was credited to Tulio Trapani (the nom de plume of the song's co-writer and arranger Mantovani) and Lee Lange (Bunny Lewis, Whitfield's producer).[1]

Notable cover versions


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 14.  
Preceded by
"Such a Night" by Johnnie Ray
UK Singles Chart Number One single
David Whitfield

2 July 1954 for 10 weeks
Succeeded by
"Little Things Mean a Lot" by Kitty Kallen

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