||El Toro R&B 113
1. I got to learn to do the mambo - Ivory Joe Hunter & the Ivoryt - 2. Mambo Shevitz - The Crows, 1954 Tico 1082 - 3. Cha cha baby - New Yorker's 5, 1955 Danice 801 - 4. Ay, si, si - The Dootones, 1955 Dootone 366 - 5. Mambo fiesta - The Calvaes, 1956 Cobra 5003 - 6. Lips red as wine - The Colts, 1955 Vita 112 - 7. Going down to Tia Juana - Andre Williams & the Don Juans, 1955 F - 8. Caldonia's mambo - The Street Singers, 1955 Tuxedo 899 - 9. Morocco Chant - The Moroccos, 1955 United Unreleased - 10. The mambo - The Charmers, 1954 Timely 1009 - 11. Mambo Boogie - The Harptones, Alt. Take of 1954 Bruce 104 - 12. Lonely Lonely Village - The Calvaes, 1957 Cobra 5014 - 13. Aye Senorita - The Echoes, 1957 Combo 127 - 14. Mexico Bound - The Champions, 1956 Chart 611 - 15. Honey love - The Drifters, 1954 Atlantic 1029 - 16. Lover's Mambo - The Ontarios, 1955 Big Town 121 - 17. We like mambo - Huey Piano Smith, 1955 Ace 515 - 18. Hey Senorita - The Penguins, 1954 Dootone 348 - 19. Do be oo be wop wop - The Squires, 1955 Mambo 105 - 20. Show me the Merengue - Lee Andrews & the Hearts, 1956 Gotham 318 - 21. Niki Niki Mambo - The Nu-Tones, 1955 Hollywood Star 797 - 22. Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown & Group, 1954 Atlantic 1044 - 23. Loop De Loop Mambo - The Robins, 1954 Spark 107 - 24. Mambo Baby Tonight - Candy Rivers & The Falcons, 1954 Flip 302 - 25. Shake it up mambo - The Platters, 1954 Federal 12198 - 26. Mambo Santa Mambo - The Enchanters, 1957 Coral 61916 - 27. The mambo of love - Nolan Strong & the Diablos, 1957 Fortune 525 - 28. Bonus Track: Barcelona Rock - The Moonglows, 1957 Unreleased
In the mid 50's, the Mambo craze was all over the USA Anything that had the word Mambo in the title, latin percussions and at least one Spanish word in its lyrics became suddenly cool.
It didn't take long to the labels to jump on the wagon and Doo-Wop and Rhythm'n'Blues bands quickly adapted their sets to fit this new market.
This cd retraces this period, when bands and artists like Ivory Joe Hunter, Ruth Brown, The Platters, The Drifters, The Penguins tried themselves to this new kind of music. The result is more than just a curiosity, because this bands, while integrating new elements and rhythms to their sound stayed true to their identity, creating a new hybrid at their turn.
One highly enjoyable compilation that brings a smile on your face and rhythm in your feet.
Fred "Virgil" Turgis