Spanish Flea

Album: Going Places (1965)
Charted: 3 27
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Songfacts®:

  • This song was used as the "bachelorette intro" on American TV's The Dating Game. It played when prospective daters were introduced, unseen by contestants, to the audience.
  • The song was written by Alpert's labelmate Julius Wechter, who had some success as the marimba-playing leader of the Baja Marimba Band. Wechter played marimba on many of Alpert's songs including the Tijuana Brass's first hit, "The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)" in 1962. Lyrics were later added by Cissy Wechter.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 22nd 1967, Abbe Lane performed a Spanish language version of "Spanish Flea" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show' (she sang it a medley with "Call Me" and "La Bamba")...
    One year earlier on March 13th, 1966 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass's version of the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on April 10th, 1966 it peaked at #27 (for 2 weeks)...
    The record's A-side, "What Now My Love", also entered the chart on March 13th and eventually reached #24 (for 1 week)...
    Ms. Lane, born Abigail Francine Lassman, celebrated her 81st birthday last month on December 14th (2013) and Mr. Alpert will be 79 years old in two months on March 31st (2014).
  • Mike from Franklin County, PaIn drug terms , a "Spanish Flea" or "Spanish Fly" is a pill used to cause arousement and sexual pleasure .
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