Papa Loves MamboPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Words and Music by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning and Bix Reichner 1954
Shapiro-Bernstein & Co., Inc. & Al Hoffman Songs Inc. ~ ASCAP
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
and The Ray Charles Chorus
Arranged by Joe Reisman and Produced by Joe Carlton
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York
Recording Engineer: unknown
Recording Time 2:41
Recorded August 31, 1954   ~  Matrix No. E4VB 5169 Take 1
Single release: RCA-RCA-78/45RPM-20/47-5857
Single Flip Side: "The Things I Didn't Do"
US Chart Position No. 4 
Belgian Chart No. 1 ( January & February, 1955 )
UK Single release: HMV-78RPM-B-10776 ( November 1954 )
Single Flip Side: "There Never Was a Night So Beautiful"
UK Chart Position No. 16
Belgium Single release: RCA-78RPM-18257
Single Flip Side: "The Things I Didn't Do"
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0112
Single Flip Side: "Wanted"
German Single release: 45 M Electrola 7 MW-124 ( EG-8132 )
Single Flip Side: "Pa-paya Mama "
Japan Single release: RCA SS-2058 
Single Flip Side: "The Rose Tattoo "
Mexico Single release: RCA-45RPM-SP-4531 RCA Mexicana ( White Label ) 1977
Single Flip Side: "Hot Diggity ( Dog Ziggity Boom )"
Como's Golden Records ~ 1958The Rose Tattoo / Papa Loves Mambo ~ Japan singleMexican Single - 1977

Bandleader  Perez Prado introduced the sizzling, screeching mambo to the United States in 1949, but it caught on with a bang in 1954, and this recording was one reason why. The song writing team of Al Hoffman and Dick Manning was joined by veteran Bix Reichner, composer of such hits as "The Fable of the Rose" and "The Red We Want Is The Red We've Got ( in the Old Red, White and Blue )", to produce this bright novelty for Perry. The grunts heard from the chorus are humorous references to bandleader Prado's yelps to his musicians as they whipped dancers into a mambo frenzy.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

'Papa Loves Mambo and Mama loves mambo!' So sang Perry Como, who popularized this catchy dance number on his NBC television show. Como's 1954 recording climbed to No. 4 in the U.S.A. and sold over one million copies.

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