Hang On Little Tomato

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Hang On Little Tomato
Studio album by Pink Martini
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded April 2001 - June 2004
Genre Alternative pop, World, Latin, Jazz
Length 50:22
Label Heinz Records
Producer Thomas M. Lauderdale, with Adam Levey & Robert Taylor
Pink Martini chronology
Hang On Little Tomato
Hey Eugene!
(2007)Hey Eugene!2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (link) 4/5 stars
BBC Music (link) (positive)
Kevchino (link) 8/10 stars

Hang On Little Tomato is the second full-length album from the band Pink Martini. Seven years after their debut album, it was released on October 19, 2004 by Pink Martini's own record label, Heinz Records. It has sold over 550,000 copies, reached #1 on Amazon.com, and gone gold in France, Canada, Greece, and Turkey. It was then certified double platinum in France by the UPFI in 2013.[1] In 2014 it was awarded a platinum certification from the Independent Music Companies Association,[2] which indicated sales of at least 400,000 copies throughout Europe. [3] As of 2013 worldwide it has sold over 750,000 copies. [4]


As a change from their first album, Pink Martini's second album Hang On Little Tomato features mostly original songs written by band members, and sung in seven different languages (French, Italian, Japanese, Croatian, Spanish, Greek and English).

The song title is a reference to the Hunt's Ketchup ad campaign "Hang On, Little Tomato!" in a 1964 issue of Life magazine.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale except as noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love"   03:02
2. "Anna (El Negro Zumbón)" (from the 1951 film Anna) Roman Vatro/Francesco Giordano 02:36
3. "Hang On Little Tomato" Lauderdale, Forbes, Patrick Abbey 03:16
4. "The Gardens of Sampson & Beasley"   04:00
5. "Veronique" Lauderdale, Gregory Tozian 03:19
6. "Dansez-vous" Forbes, Robert Taylor 02:52
7. "Lilly"   02:43
8. "Autrefois" (Once)   03:38
9. "U Plavu Zoru" (In the Blue Dawn) Music: Pink Martini
Lyrics: Lauderdale, Mario Lalich
10. "Clementine"   03:50
11. "Una notte a Napoli" (A Night in Naples) Forbes, Lauderdale, Alba Clemente, Johnny Dynell 04:45
12. "Kikuchiyo to Mohshimasu" (originally performed by Hiroshi Wada & His Mahina Stars, 1964) Music: Yoichi Suzuki
Lyrics: Michio Yamagami
13. "Aspettami"   03:38
14. "Song of the Black Swan (O canto do cisne negro)" Heitor Villa-Lobos (1917) 02:10

The 2004 Audiogram Canada CD release contains the bonus track "Sympathique (Version Inédite)" (Forbes/Lauderdale) - 03:32


  1. "Una Notte a Napoli"
  2. "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love"
  3. "Lilly"


  • China Forbes, Vocals
  • Robert Taylor, Trombone, Trumpet
  • Dan Faehnle, Guitar, Mandolin
  • Maureen Love, Harp
  • Brian Davis, Percussion, Conga, Tamborim
  • Derek Rieth, Percussion, Bongos, Caxixi, Surdo, Shekere
  • Gavin Bondy, Trumpet
  • Thomas Lauderdale, Piano
  • Timothy Nishimoto, Vocals
  • Martin Zarzar, Percussion, Drums, Timbales
  • Phil Baker, Bass Upright
  • Timothy Jensen, Sax Baritone
  • Michael Spiro, Conga
  • Osao Murata, Organ
  • Kazunori Asano, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele
  • Douglas Edwards Smith, Percussion, Timbales, Pandeiro, Vibraphone, Guiro
  • Masumi Timson, Koto
  • Hiroshi Wada, Slide Guitar
  • Norman Leyden, Clarinet
  • John Wager, Bass Upright
  • Doug Peebles, Trombone
  • Jason Stronquist, Trombone
  • Julie Coleman, Violin
  • Paloma Griffin, Violin
  • Denise Huizenga, Violin
  • Joel Belgique, Viola
  • Mara Lise Gearman, Viola
  • Tyler Neist, Viola
  • Charles Noble, Viola
  • Oreet Ranon, Cello
  • Heather Blackburn, Cello
  • Pansy Chang, Cello
  • Phil Hansen, Cello
  • Timothy Scott, Cello
  • Dieter Ratzlaf, Cello


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (UPFI)[5] 2× Platinum 200,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


External links[edit]

  • Hang On Little Tomato - official album page, with audio samples
  • [1] - the original Life Magazine ad that gave the album its name