|Song by Les Baxter from the album Ritual of the Savage (Le Sacre du Sauvage)|
|Format||10-inch and 12-inch LPs|
|Recorded||May 17, 1951|
"Quiet Village" is an orchestral pop instrumental that was written and originally performed by Les Baxter in 1951. In the liner notes to his album, Ritual of the Savage (Le sacre du sauvage), Baxter described the themes he was conveying in the work:
[t]he jungle grows more dense as the river boat slowly makes its way into the deep interior. A snake slithers into the water, flushing a brilliantly plumaged bird who soars into the clearing above a quiet village. Here is a musical portrait of a tropical village deserted in the mid-day heat.
In 1957, Martin Denny released a cover of the song featuring exotic instruments and sounds that made it to number four on the pop singles chart on June 1, 1959 and number eleven on the R&B chart. Denny also recorded a stereo version of the song in 1959, a bossa nova version in 1964, and a version performed on a Moog synthesizer in 1969.
|Single by Martin Denny|
|from the album Exotica|
|Recorded||Hollywood, California, December 1956|
In 1977, The Ritchie Family recorded a disco version and added vocals. The single was included on their African Queens album. Along with the album's title track and "Summer Dance", "Quiet Village" hit number one for three weeks on the disco/dance chart in 1977. However, unlike the Martin Denny version, The Ritchie Family recording did not chart on the pop singles chart. It did peak at #68 on the R&B singles chart.
|Single by The Ritchie Family|
|from the album African Queens|
|The Ritchie Family singles chronology|
- Baxter, Les (1952). "Ritual of the Savage (Le sacre du sauvage)" [sleeve notes]. Capitol Records.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 155.
- The original length on the "Exotica" album was 3:38, but this was shortened for the single version.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 218.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 494.
- "The Tards (2) - I'm Just Like You". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
"Accidental Lover" / "I Found Love (Now That I Found You)" by Love & Kisses
|Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(The Ritchie Family version)
(with "African Queens" and "Summer Dance")
August 13, 1977 – August 27, 1977
Village People (all cuts) by Village People
|This 1950s pop song-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|