Mambo No. 5

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"Mambo No. 5"
Song by Pérez Prado
Released 1950
Genre Mambo, jive dance
Length 2:10
Writer(s) 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, Dance
Length 5:14 (extended version)
3:39 (radio edit)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Lou Bega, Dámaso Pérez Prado, Zippy Davids
Producer(s) Goar B, Frank Lio, Donald Fact, Peter Meisel
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 number-one in 1999. It stayed at number-one in Australia for eight weeks, ultimately becoming the best-selling single of 1999.[3] It also topped almost every chart in continental Europe, including Bega's home country, Germany, and set a record by staying at number-one 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 number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on November 2, 1999, giving Bega his only Top 40 hit in the US.[4]

With its worldwide success, the song became the subject of a seven-year copyright trial between Prado's estate, Peermusic, and Lou Bega's producers. Bega had only used riffs (which by German law cannot be registered for copyright) from Prado's original and written the entire lyrics, so Bega's producers went to court in order to gain access to all the song's proceedings from Peermusic representing Prado's estate. However, after seven years the Federal Court of Justice of Germany ruled in favor of Peermusic and Prado's estate in 2008, based upon the fact that Bega's producers had sought a royalty agreement with Peermusic prior to releasing the song. Because of Bega's significant contributions to his version, the court's final ruling declared it a new song co-written by Prado and Bega.

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, and the women's names are replaced with names of classic Disney characters. Footage of Mickey Mouse Works 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[5]

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, with the female names replaced with types of construction supplies and building tasks (timber, saw, waterproofing, tiling) reached number one in the UK, number two in Australia and number four in Ireland in 2001.[18]
  • 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.[53]
  • 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.
  • Dutch children's TV character Ome Henk, took a parody of the song to #9 titled "Mambo Nr 6". The lyrics referred to a medicine prescribed to him, which causes hallucinations of the girls he mentions in the song. A parody of commercials for the fictional product is also heard.

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"[54] featured on the 2000 four disc set album Z100 Morning Zoo Yard Sale: 15 Years Of Crap!,[55] referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, wherein DJ JR Nelson imitates the voice of Bill Clinton.[56] The song is commonly mis-attributed to "Weird Al" Yankovic,[57] Paul Shanklin, and The Woody Show. Also released was "Combo No. 5"; the parody takes on ordering combo dinners from a Chinese take-away.
  • ApologetiX released "Micah No. 5", with lyrics concerning the Christmas story.

Legacy[edit]

  • The original recording by Pérez Prado was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.[58]
  • "Mambo No. 5" was ranked sixth in a 2007 poll conducted by Rolling Stone to identify the 20 most annoying songs.[59]
  • 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.[60]
  • In the Philippines, the song has gained popularity when Tinidora (played by Jose Manalo) of Kalyeserye, a live soap opera within the Juan For All, All For Juan segment of noontime variety show Eat Bulaga!, dances to its tune with a ladder.
  • The song was used as the theme music for Channel 4's coverage of international cricket from 1999 until 2005.

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