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Ai! Si! Si! Mambo and Latin Flavoured Rhythm and Blues

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Ai! Si! Si! Mambo and Latin Flavoured Rhythm and Blues
Ai! Si! Si! Mambo and Latin Flavoured Rhythm and Blues


Born as a mixture of jazz-swing and Cuban music, a fantastic blend for a fantastic foot moving music and often featuring wild acrobatics, The Mambo gained big popularity in the USA during the late 1940s when loads of dancers used to hang around legendary places like New York's Park Plaza Ballroom or the Palladium Ballroom. Following the great popularity of the new dance other Latin rhythms such as the Cha Cha Cha or Merengue also became popular. By the mid '50s everything that had a Latin sound was hip and cool. A few Spanish words (Hey Señorita!) and the sound of maracas, bongos or castanets were often used as condiments by the R&B scene cooks. Here are 28 vibrant examples from 1954-1957.


  1. Name
  2. I Got To Learn To Do The Mambo - Ivory Joe Hunter & The Ivorytones
  3. Mambo Shevitz - The Crows
  4. Cha Cha Baby - New Yorker's 5
  5. Ay, Si, Si - The Dootones
  6. Mambo Fiesta - The Calvaes
  7. Lips Red As Wine - The Colts
  8. Going Down To Tia Juana - Andre Williams & The Don Juans
  9. Caldonia's Mambo - The Street Singers
  10. Morocco Chant - The Moroccos
  11. The Mambo - The Charmers
  12. Mambo Boogie - The Harptones
  13. Lonely Lonely Village - The Calvaes
  14. Aye Senorita - The Echoes
  15. Mexico Bound - The Champions
  16. Honey Love - The Drifters
  17. Lover's Mambo - The Ontarios
  18. We Like Mambo - Huey Piano Smith
  19. Hey Senorita - The Penguins
  20. Do Be Oo Be Wop Wop - The Squires
  21. Show Me The Merengue - Lee Andrews & The Hearts
  22. Niki Niki Mambo - The Nu-Tones
  23. Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown
  24. Loop De Loop Mambo - The Robins
  25. Mambo Baby Tonight - Candy Rivers & The Falcons
  26. Shake It Up Mambo - The Platters
  27. Mambo Santa Mambo - The Enchanters
  28. The mambo Of Love - Nolan Strong & The Diablos
  29. Barcelona Rock - The Moonglows
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