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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.