Mambo Italiano (song)

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For the 2003 film, see Mambo Italiano (film).
"Mambo Italiano"
Single by Rosemary Clooney
B-side "We'll Be Together Again"
Released October 11, 1954 (October 11, 1954)
Format 7"
Recorded 1954
Genre Traditional pop
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Bob Merrill

"Mambo Italiano" is a popular song written by Bob Merrill in 1954 and recorded by Rosemary Clooney. Merrill wrote it under deadline, scribbled hastily on a paper napkin in an Italian restaurant in New York, United States using the wall pay-phone to dictate the melody, rhythm and lyrics to the recording studio pianist, under the aegis of conductor Mitch Miller. The song became a hit for Clooney, reaching #10 on the charts in the United States and number one in the UK Singles Chart early in 1955.[1]

The original record was produced by Mitch Miller.[2]

In 2000, it was remixed and re-released by Shaft, reaching #12 on the UK Singles Chart.

Other versions[edit]

In 1956 a song using the melody of "Mambo Italiano" was released in Hong Kong about various kinds of Chinese steamed buns.[3]

In 1988, the song figured prominently in the 22-year off-Broadway production of "Tony & Tina's Wedding" as well as various national touring productions since.

Other versions of "Mambo Italiano" have been recorded by Dean Martin, Bette Midler, Gérard Darmon, Alma Cogan (1955) and Renato Carosone, and in French Dario Moreno and Finnish Olavi Virta.

Deana Martin recorded “Mambo Italiano,” also recorded by her father, Dean Martin, in 2006. The song was released on her 2006 album Memories Are Made of This by Big Fish Records.

The bands Groove Armada and Basement Jaxx have each recorded their own electronic music versions of the song. A Russian version of "Mambo Italiano" was recorded by Philipp Kirkorov in 2001, and appeared on his album Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Paula Tsui recorded a Mandarin version, "Cha shao bao".

In 2011, Lady Gaga sampled the opening melody for her Born This Way song, Americano.


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 39–40. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 17. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  3. ^ "叉烧包 张仲文唱". YouTube. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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Preceded by
"Finger of Suspicion" by Dickie Valentine
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Rosemary Clooney

14 January 1955 for 1 week
Succeeded by
"Finger of Suspicion" by Dickie Valentine
Preceded by
"Finger of Suspicion" by Dickie Valentine
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Rosemary Clooney

4 February 1955 for 2 weeks
Succeeded by
"Softly, Softly" by Ruby Murray