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Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White by Pérez Prado

Album: Mondo Mambo: The Best of Perez PradoReleased: 1955Charted:
  • This instrumental was the theme from the Jane Russell film Underwater.
  • This was oiginally "Cerisier Rose Et Pommer Blanc," a French pop song written by Jacques LaRue and Louiguy (Louis Gugliemi). It was given an English lyric by Hal David's brother Mack in 1951.
  • Perez Prado first recorded this in 1951, turning it into a mambo, a rhythm he had pioneered in the late 1940s. Four years later he re-recorded it for Underwater with an added trumpet solo by Billy Regis and it topped the US charts for 10 weeks. It was knocked off #1 in USA by "Rock Around The Clock."
  • Two weeks after this dropped from #1 in the UK, popular trumpeter Eddie Calvert reached the penthouse with a cover version. His version remained #1 for four weeks, two more weeks than Perez Prado achieved.
  • Perez Prado, who was universally known as "The King of the Mambo," was born in Montanzas, Cuba. The big band leader moved to Mexico City in 1949 and formed his orchestra and two years later he began touring in the US. He died in 1989 after suffering a stroke. Among his acolades is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Prado's 1952 recording "Mambo No 5" was adapted in 1999 into the international hit "Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of)" by Lou Bega. Perez Prado recorded numerous mambos and when he ran out of inspiration, he would simply number them, and "Mambo No 5" was one of a series of 8.
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Comments: 6

One of my fav instrumentals. Wonder who played the trumpet. And as I recall there are words to the song too.Jennifur Sun - Ramona
On April 25th 1955, the United Nation's commission on narcotics releases a report stating 'definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop'...
And the Top 10 records at the time on Billboard's Best-Selling in Stores chart is a real good example???
#1. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White by Perez Prado and His Orchestra
#2. Ballad of Davy Crockett by Bill Hayes
#3. Dance With Me Henry by Georgia Gibbs
#4. Unchained Melody by Les Baxter
#5. Crazy Otto by Johhny Maddox and the Rhythm Masters
#6. Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler
#7. Ballad of Davy Crockett by Fess Parker
#8. Ballad of Davy Crockett by Tennessee Ernie Ford
#9. Tweedle Dee by Georgia Gibbs
#10. Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup by Nat 'King' Cole
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
My first "favorite song" at age 3 and I still love to hear it!Scott - Portland, Or
Ten weeks at No. 1, then I guess you can say that rock 'n roll finally came of age. The record that knocked 'Cherry Pink' from the top spot was "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets, and it stayed at No. 1 for eight weeks!!! (Rock 'n Roll was here to stay)Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Ten weeks at #1 and 1955's song of the year in the U.S. Crowds still ask for and dance to it more than 50 years later.Chet - Buffalo, Ny
That should read "Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc"Michael - Bradford, England
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