joey de vivre

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Mmm Mmm MAMBO!

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Big Maybelle  A New Kind Of Mambo   buy on itunes
Classy Ballou  Crazy Mambo (Hey Now)  buy on itunes
Chuy Reyes  Oink Oink Mambo  buy on itunes
Guitar Gable  Congo Mambo  buy on itunes
Dootones  Ay Si Si Mambo  buy on itunes
Will GlahT's Boheme Ballhaus Band  Sucu Sucu  buy on itunes
Xavier Cugat  Mambo Ay Ay  buy on itunes
Billy May  Fat Man Mambo  buy on itunes
Yma Sumac  Gopher Mambo  buy on itunes
Lark Sisters  Gumbo Mambo  buy on itunes
Jack Costanzo  Peter Gunn Mambo  buy on itunes
Carlos Molina  Dragnet Mambo  buy on itunes
Perez Prado  Mambo Nbr 5  buy on itunes
Danny Kirkland  Slop Mambo  buy on itunes
Chuck Higgins  Dye Ooh Mambo  buy on itunes
Edmundo Ros  More More Mambo  buy on itunes
Noro Morales  Noro's Mambo  buy on itunes
Ruth Brown  Mambo Baby  buy on itunes
Johnny Otis  Mambo Boogie  buy on itunes
Johnny Fraser  Rock With The Mambo  buy on itunes
Rosemary Clooney  Mambo Italiano  buy on itunes
Artie Shaw  Stop & Go Mambo  buy on itunes
Xavier Cugat  Mambo Nbr 8  buy on itunes
Perry Como  Papa Loves Mambo  buy on itunes
Treniers  Who Put The "Uh" In The Mambo?  buy on itunes
Perez Prado  Tomcat Mambo  buy on itunes
Lalo Guerrero  Mickey Mouse Mambo  buy on itunes
Celebrities  Mambo Daddy  buy on itunes
Yma Sumac With Billy May  Taki Rari (Mambo)  buy on itunes
Perez Prado  Mambo Jambo (Que Rico El Mambo)  buy on itunes

Comment:


Before the Twist , there was the
MAMBO , a dance craze that swept the nation back in the day when dance crazes swept the nation.
In the hope of re-launching that same dance craze again this summer, the inimitable & indispensible tornadoz & I have assembled this tribute to the Mambo Kings of a half-century ago. Our motto: "The Mambo: a dance you can believe in!"


Most of the authentic mambos here come from the Vast Vinyl Archive of Tornadoz, whereas I have tried to bring the mix down to my own level by throwing in a lot of kitschy pop mambo-exploitation numbers. I guess I take the opposite approach from real musicologists who are obsessed with authenticity & would scorn any so-called mambo that strays from its Cuban roots, whereas what delights me most is to hear the bastard variations like "Gumbo Mambo", the "Peter Gunn Mambo", the "Dragnet Mambo", etc. That's just what happens, folks, when pop culture takes a big gulp.

But you can at least be thankful that I've spared you one truly frightening offshoot of Mambo-Mania, the dreaded Country & Western Mambo.
Gluttons for punishment can go to the Hillbilly Mambo blog & download to their hearts' content, but I warn you, just because anything with the word "Mambo" in the title sold like crazy in 1954 doesn't mean that it was all good. Au contraire!

There was even, of course, a Christmas Mambo sub-genre ("Jingle Bells Mambo", "We Wanna See Santa do the Mambo", etc.), but I'm leaving those to the Xmas novelty record fans, since that's who they were made for.

Uploading is a bit of a struggle for me, but -- inspired by the generous spirit of tornadoz -- I've managed it just this once, for a limited time only (7 days from posting, so get it while it's hot), here .
All I ask is that if you do download, please let me know how you like it (or not!).

Okay, all together now: Mambo like you mean it!
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Feedback:

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doowad
Date: 6/4/2008
Great notes, joey, and I don't have to download to know I will love this mix the two of you put together.
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Texas Hobart
Date: 6/4/2008
I like dance crazes!This looks awesome,well done!
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SteveRaglin
Date: 6/4/2008
The sheer enthusiasm of the mix comments gives me happy feet. Que bueno!
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gobi
Date: 6/4/2008
Yep, I love the enthusiasm here too. I hope that you can make this sweep the nation. Haven't downloaded yet, but I'm hoping to later.
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gobi
Date: 6/4/2008
sorry, forgot to say, brilliant cover pic. Is that genuine grafitti? (I have a sad interest in takking photos of interesting grafiti).
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Media Vixen: Radio Sally
Date: 6/4/2008
This rocks beyond reason!
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anthony lombardi
Date: 6/4/2008
i have little doubt this will be compulsively listenable (& danceable) given the talent involved - can't wait to hear it
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Moe
Date: 6/5/2008
A mix I can believe in! Another JDV classic for the ages.
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njr
Date: 6/5/2008
Where are my dancing shoes now that you provide the right music? Another mix supremo, muchachos!
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KathrynandRupert
Date: 6/6/2008
Mambo Idiotica, that's how I dance. Has anyone done a song called Rambo Mambo? If not, why not?
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gabechouinard
Date: 6/6/2008
Every time someone drops "Papa Loves Mambo" at a club, I get a warm fuzzy sensation. This is *great*, guys!
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Mixxer
Date: 6/6/2008
Surprise! What a mambo team. I see that you even included the original Mambo No. 5 by Perez Prado.

I'm sayin' tornadoZ on odds and joey on evens. Any arguments on that?
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joey de vivre
Date: 6/6/2008
Mixxer, it's not strictly alternating, & in fact at the last minute my friend Enid who's not even an AOTMer contributed a few, so the exact DNA of this mix is pretty much indecipherable -

& gobi, yes that's a real graffito by Sweet G of los cerdos; I too have a fondness for good graffiti & even once put out a little xeroxed book called "the Golden Age of Bay Area Graffiti".

But what does that have to do with the mambo?, you might well ask. Well, it's all connected, somehow . . .
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tornadoZ
Date: 6/6/2008
thanks for letting me contribute to the mix. had lots of fun digging out the mambos; just let me know when you'll begin stockpiling the rumbas. looking forward to hearing how this all falls into place!
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G-Sphere
Date: 6/7/2008
Yeah, Mambo!
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Rob Conroy
Date: 6/7/2008
As per usual, looks fun and informed.
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sammyg123
Date: 6/7/2008
A link! Hooray, hooray, hooray. It may be a one off, and I'm not to fussed about that, as I love trading with JDV ( Can't get enough of those Sunday funnies ). Great work guys..
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musicgnome
Date: 6/8/2008
Tre-frikkin-mendous.
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Rebel Princess
Date: 6/8/2008
I wasn't familiar with many of these songs or artists, but I love dancing and would love to learn the mambo. This is great, I've been listenening all weekend.
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tornadoZ
Date: 6/10/2008
perfectly arranged, S±r. de Vivre. love those Lark Sisters, all the Yma, Guitar Gable (though I accidentally first typed "Guitar Bagle." what would that sound like). anyway, this is filled with treats I hadn't heard before... but doesn't hearing Mambos No. 5 & 8 just make you wonder what Mambos 1-4 and 6 & 7 sound like? Is there a Mambo #9? this could drive me crazy if I let it.
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poppins
Date: 10/6/2009
I like you.

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