Mambo No. 5

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"Mambo No. 5"
Song by Pérez Prado
Released 1949
Genre Mambo, jive dance
Length 2:10
Writer Dámaso Pérez Prado

"Mambo No. 5" is a mambo and jive dance song originally recorded and composed by Cuban Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1949.[1]

The song's popularity was renewed by German artist Lou Bega's sampling and vocal version of the original, released under the same name on Bega's 1999 debut album A Little Bit of Mambo.

Lou Bega version[edit]

"Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...)"
Single by Lou Bega
from the album A Little Bit of Mambo
Released April 19, 1999
(See release history)
Format CD, maxi and 7" 45 rpm single
Genre Latin pop
Length 5:14 (extended version)
3:39 (radio edit)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Dámaso Pérez Prado, Lou Bega, Zippy Davids
Producer(s) Goar B, Frank Lio, Donald Fact
Lou Bega singles chronology
"Mambo No. 5"
(1999)
"I Got a Girl"
(1999)

Lou Bega's cover was a hit in the United Kingdom,[2] and Australia, where it reached #1 in 1999. It stayed at #1 in Australia for eight weeks, ultimately becoming the best-selling single of 1999[citation needed]. It also topped almost every chart in continental Europe, including Bega's home country, Germany, and set a record by staying at #1 in France for 20 weeks (longer than any stay at the top spot ever on the US or UK charts)[citation needed]. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on November 2, 1999, giving Bega his only Top 40 hit in the US[citation needed].

Originally written by Lou Bega's nephew, Chicago musician Paul Grachan[citation needed], it was introduced by Super Happy Fun Club member Phil Kosch and Diane Warren, co-writers of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"[citation needed]. Ultimately Grachan was left uncredited after a writing dispute prior to the final version[citation needed].

In turn, many artists covered variations of Bega's version, including Radio Disney and Bob the Builder. It was also used as the theme for Channel 4's cricket coverage[citation needed].

The following is a list of feminine names mentioned in Bega's song, in order: Angela, Pamela, Sandra, Rita, Monica, Erika, Tina, Mary, and Jessica. The chorus containing these names suggests womanizing.

Radio Disney edit[edit]

A version of "Mambo No. 5" was aired on Radio Disney, in which there were several edits to the song to fit the Disney theme and to be more appropriate for children:

  • The women's names were replaced with the names of legendary Disney characters, in order: Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, Huey, Dewey, and Louie and Goofy.
  • The line "liquor store around the corner" was changed to "candy store".
  • The line "The boys say they want some gin and juice" was changed to "ice cream".
  • The line "Beer bust, like I had last week, I must stay deep, 'cause talk is cheap" was changed to "Let's dance 'til we all fall down, We'll really party hearty to the Mambo Sound"
  • The line "Flirting is just like a sport" was changed to "dancing".

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Jorn Heitmann, features Lou Bega singing and dancing with flappers, possibly a homage to the music of the 1920s and 1930s. The video includes clips of old-style movies and newsreels showing trumpets, big bands and the like. The Disney version of the music video features Lou Bega performing against a white background with a live band. Footage of old Mickey Mouse cartoons and clips of Lou Bega performing against a checkered background is intercut throughout the video.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Mambo No. 5" (Radio Edit) – 3:39
  2. "Mambo No. 5" (Extended Mix) – 5:14
  3. "Mambo No. 5" (Enhanced CD-ROM Video) - 3:42
Maxi single
  1. "Mambo No. 5" (Radio Edit) – 3:39
  2. "Mambo No. 5" (Extended Mix) – 5:14
  3. "Mambo" (Havanna Club Mix) – 5:48
  4. "Mambo" (The Trumpet) – 6:01
7" 45 rpm single
  1. "Mambo No. 5" (Radio Edit) - 3:39
  2. "Beauty on the TV Screen" - 4:03[3]

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
French SNEP number-one single
(Lou Bega version)

August 28, 1999 – January 8, 2000 (20 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Move Your Body" by Eiffel 65
Preceded by
"Mi Chico Latino" by Geri Halliwell
UK Singles Chart number-one single
(Lou Bega version)

August 28, 1999 – September 11, 1999
Succeeded by
"We're Going to Ibiza" by Vengaboys
Preceded by
"Too Close" by Blue
UK Singles Chart number-one single
(Bob the Builder version)

September 8, 2001 – September 15, 2001
Succeeded by
"Hey Baby" by DJ Otzi
Preceded by
"When You Say Nothing at All" by Ronan Keating
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
(first run) (Lou Bega version)

September 11, 1999 – September 25, 1999
Succeeded by
"Can You Hear Us" by Neil Finn
Preceded by
"Last Kiss" by Pearl Jam
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
September 18, 1999 – November 13, 1999
Succeeded by
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
Preceded by
"Bring It All Back" by S Club 7
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
(second run) (Lou Bega version)

October 16, 1999 – October 23, 1999
Succeeded by
"Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey
RIANZ New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
(third run) (Lou Bega version)

November 6, 1999
Succeeded by
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Germany 19 April 1999 (1999-04-19)
Worldwide 17 August 1999 (1999-08-17)
Re-recorded 1 January 2009 (2009-01-01)

Other cover versions[edit]

  • CKBE-FM David Tyler 1999.
  • A Bob the Builder version of the song reached number one in the UK, number two in Australia and number four in Ireland in 2001.[16]
  • A ninety-second cover version was created for the Korean rhythm dance game Pump It Up.
  • A cover of the original Perez Prado version appeared in Guinness's famous 1998 "Swimblack" advertisement.
  • Max Raabe backed by the Palast Orchester included a vintage arrangement version of the song on their 2001 Superhits album.[48]
  • Filipino jazz singer Richard Poon covered the song on the Filipino compilation album 90's Music Comes Alive in 2012.
  • Cover versions, with slightly different lyrics in each version, have been heard in Party City commercials.

Parodies[edit]

  • WHTZ DJ David Brody released a parody version named "Matzah No. 5" which aired on radio stations throughout the country. Performed by "Louie Bagel", the parody takes on various Jewish stereotypes. He also released a parody entitled "Bimbo No. 5" referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, wherein DJ Nelson imitates the voice of Bill Clinton. The song is commonly mis-attributed to both "Weird Al" Yankovic and Paul Shanklin. Also released was "Combo No.5"; the parody takes on ordering combo dinners from a Chinese take-away.

Legacy[edit]

  • "Mambo No. 5" was ranked sixth in a 2007 poll conducted by Rolling Stone to identify the 20 most annoying songs.[49]
  • This song was initially selected as the theme song of the 2000 Democratic National Convention, but this plan was scrapped due to the possibility of people associating the song with the Monica Lewinsky scandal.[50]
  • On September 11, 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the Lou Bega cover of the song at number 95 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, joking, "Can you imagine how bad Nos. 1 through 4 must have been? Let's all band together and make sure there's never a No. 6!"[51]

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