Speedy Gonzales (song)

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"Speedy Gonzales"
Single by David Dante
ReleasedApril 1961
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Buddy Kaye, Ethel Lee, David Hill
Producer(s)Hugo & Luigi

"Speedy Gonzales" is a 1961 David Dante alias David Hess song (RCA 8056)[1] about Speedy Gonzales, "the fastest mouse in all Mexico". It was written by Buddy Kaye, Ethel Lee and David Hess. The David Dante original briefly entered the US Music Vendor chart in April 1961.

Pat Boone version[edit]

"Speedy Gonzales"
Single by Pat Boone
B-side"The Locket"
Songwriter(s)Buddy Kaye, Ethel Lee, David Hill
Producer(s)Randy Wood

The song was popularised in the United States as a 1962 single by Pat Boone.[2] The Boone version peaked at the #6 Billboard Hot 100 position in 1962 during a total chart run of 13 weeks, doing better in many national charts in Europe, where it sold a million copies.[3] The female voice ("La-la-la...") on this song was of Robin Ward.[3] It also incorporated Mel Blanc voicing Speedy Gonzales as he did in the Warner Brothers cartoons.

Dante's version details a demand from a girl named Consuela to Speedy to stop roving about and take care of his neglected household. Boone's song adds a spoken introduction stating that he was wandering between some old adobe haciendas on a moonlit night in Mexico, where he heard the voice of a Mexican girl calling to Speedy, and Mel Blanc's inserts replace a recurring line from Dante's lyrics.

Warner Bros. Pictures sued Boone and Dot Records for $850,000 over Blanc's performance of Speedy's voice on Boone's record without their authorization. The case was later dropped.


Pat Boone version

Chart (1962) Peak
Argentina[4] 1
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 7
France (IFOP)[8] 8
Ireland (Evening Herald)[9] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 1
Sweden (Kvällstoppen)[12] 1
Sweden (Tio i Topp)[13] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[14] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 6
West Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 1

Kumbia All Starz version[edit]

"Speedy Gonzales"
Single by A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia All Starz
from the album Ayer Fue Kumbia Kings, Hoy Es Kumbia All Starz
ReleasedJune 22, 2007
LabelEMI Latin
Songwriter(s)Buddy Kaye, David Hess, Ethel Lee
Producer(s)A.B. Quintanilla
A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia All Starz singles chronology
"Parece Que Va a Llover"
"Speedy Gonzales"
"Mami Anoche No Dormí"

"Speedy Gonzales" by A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia All Starz is the third single from the album Ayer Fue Kumbia Kings, Hoy Es Kumbia All Starz. The song was covered in Spanish.


Other versions[edit]

English-language versions[edit]

  • In 1965, Soupy Sales recorded the song on his album "Soupy Sales Sez Do The Mouse"
  • Recorded in English, but with a Cantonese spoken section: "墨西哥女郎" ("Mexican Girl") by The Fabulous Echoes featuring Tang Kei Chan (鄧寄塵) (Hong Kong, 1965)
  • In 1969, the song was recorded by the Hep Stars and became their last single[17]
  • In 1973, the song was recorded by the Navajo Sundowners on their album "Navajo Sundowners, Volume 3, and re-released in 1974 on Volume 8.[18][19]
  • Covered by The Wurzels on their 1975 album The Wurzels Are Scrumptious and later featured as a B-Side to their single Give Me England in 1977.
  • In 1977, Charo and the Salsoul Orchestra made a cover on the album Cuchi Cuchi
  • In 1980, Lena Zavaroni covered the song on her album Songs Are Such Good Things
  • In 2002, the Belgian band Swoop had a hit with a cover version.
  • In 2014, the Ubisoft-based band Los Pimientos Locos covered this song for the game Just Dance 2015.

Other-language versions[edit]

  • In Spanish: Manolo Muñoz, The Sacados
  • In Spanish: Klasse (Venezuelan band) (1987)[20]
  • In German ("Kleiner Gonzales"): Rex Gildo, Caterina Valente with her brother Silvio Francesco, Dalida, and Lou van Burg
  • In French ("Le Petit Gonzales"): Danyel Gérard, Dalida, Jean Chabrier and Pierre Lalonde
  • In Serbo-Croatian ("Mali Gonzales"): Dušan Jakšić (1963)
  • In Italian: Johnny Dorelli, Peppino Di Capri, Catullo e gli Enigmisti (Nuova Enigmistica Tascabile, N. 424) (1962)
  • In Greek: "Kakosalesi" by Yannis Miliokas (1986)
  • In Norwegian: "Fisking i Valdres" (Fishing in Valdres) by Viggo Sandvik (1988)
  • In Hungarian: János Koós
  • In Korean: 바람둥이 아가씨 by The Key Boys (1964)
  • In Estonian: "Viimane vaatus" ("Last act") by Anne Veski (1983)
  • In Czech: "Speedy Gonzales" Hana Ulrychová (1971)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dot Records Story, Part 3". Bsnpubs.com. 1999-11-10. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  2. ^ Norwegiancharts.com Pat Boone
  3. ^ a b "Pat Boone". Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  4. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 17 November 1962. p. 30. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "4BC Official Top 40 - 19 August 1962 - Brisbane QLD Australia - RYM/Sonemic".
  6. ^ "Pat Boone – Speedy Gonzales" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Pat Boone – Speedy Gonzales" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Chansons (Auteur, Compositeur, Classements, Ventes, Certifications, les Tops, les N° 1...)".
  9. ^ "Irish Top Ten 1959-1962". UKMIX Forums.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Pat Boone" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Pat Boone – Speedy Gonzales". VG-lista.
  12. ^ Hallberg, Eric (1993). Eric Hallberg presenterar Kvällstoppen i P 3: Sveriges radios topplista över veckans 20 mest sålda skivor 10. 7. 1962 - 19. 8. 1975. Drift Musik. p. 243. ISBN 9163021404.
  13. ^ Hallberg, Eric; Henningsson, Ulf (1998). Eric Hallberg, Ulf Henningsson presenterar Tio i topp med de utslagna på försök: 1961 - 74. Premium Publishing. p. 313. ISBN 919727125X.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Pat Boone Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Pat Boone – Speedy Gonzales". GfK Entertainment charts. To see peak chart position, click "TITEL VON Pat Boone"
  17. ^ Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: "ABBA: The Name of the Game", page 227. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995
  18. ^ Navajo Sundowners (1973). Navajo Sundowners, Volume 3 (compact cassette). Canyon Records Productions. OCLC 43190235. {{cite AV media}}: |format= requires |url= (help)
  19. ^ Navajo Sundowners (1974). Navajo Sundowners, Volume 8 (compact cassette). Canyon Records Productions. OCLC 39281030. {{cite AV media}}: |format= requires |url= (help)
  20. ^ "Klasse". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
  21. ^ Ольга Бычкова (June 18, 2014). "Особое мнение: Артемий Троицкий" [Special opinion: Artemy Troitsky (An interview with Artemy Troitsky)] (in Russian). Echo of Moscow. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2015.