Patricia (Perez Prado song)

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"Patricia" is a popular song with music by Pérez Prado and lyrics by Bob Marcus, published in 1958. The song is best known in an instrumental version by Prado's orchestra that became the last record to ascend to No.1 on the Billboard Jockeys and Top 100 charts, both of which gave way the next week to the then newly-introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was also No. 1 on the R&B Best Sellers for two weeks.[1] It became a gold record. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1958.[2]

Prado's "Patricia" entered the U.S. Cash Box chart week ending June 7, 1958, making No. 1 on that chart for 4 weeks from the week ending July 26, 1958.

Prado's "Patricia" entered the U.K. singles chart in the week of July 25, 1958, peaking at No. 8 (week ending September 5, 1958) during a 16-week chart run.

Prado re-recorded the song in a 1962 "twist" version that re-charted in the U.S.

The tune in Perry Como's "Patricia" in 1950 bears no resemblance to any version of Prado's.

Covers and other references[edit]

  • The song was featured in the Weebl and Bob flash cartoon.
  • The song was covered by a Kenyan group, Kiko Kids, some time in the late 1950s.
  • The song was featured in a TV advert for the UK post office.
  • The song was featured at several points in Federico Fellini's 1960 film La Dolce Vita, including a segment at a party where the music accompanied a striptease.
  • The song was featured in George and Martha as the theme song.
  • The song was featured as background music for a pool party in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus.
  • The song was covered by Frank Valdor and His Orchestra and Chorus on the album 16 Fantastic Golden Latin Hits in 1978.
  • The tune was sung (badly) by Homer Simpson as he's shaving before a romantic night out in the "Some Enchanted Evening" episode of The Simpsons's first season. The song was also being played by a dance band later in that same episode.
  • The song appears in the 1989 movie Great Balls of Fire! during the scene in which Jerry Lee Lewis drives his convertible and proposes marriage to his thirteen-year-old second cousin, Myra Gale.
  • The song was used as the theme song to HBO's Real Sex series.
  • The song was covered by Link Wray, Duane Eddy, and Rory Parker, and by Ry Cooder on his Grammy winning 2002 album, Mambo Sinuendo.
  • The song was used as background music for the swimsuit competition at the 1997 Miss Universe Pageant.
  • The song was used in "The British Invasion", Episode 12 from Season 2 of the Showtime series Dexter.
  • The song was used as background music in the state financed Danish TV campaign "Fisk 2 gange om ugen".[3]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 467. 
  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1958
  3. ^ [1]
Preceded by
"Yakety Yak" by The Coasters
Billboard Top 100 number-one single
July 28, 1958 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson
(Hot 100 number-one single)
Preceded by
"Yakety Yak" by The Coasters
Billboard R&B Best Sellers number-one single
August 11, 1958 - August 18, 1958 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Just a Dream" by Jimmy Clanton and His Rockets