"Zorbas" (or more commonly, "Zorba's Dance") is an instrumental by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. The song featured in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, for which Theodorakis wrote the soundtrack, and became popular around the world. It is now commonly played and danced to in Greek tavernas. The film's track has since been recorded as a standalone song by many different musicians from around the world. Some of the more notable are listed below.
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass recorded a 4:25 version of the song (as "Zorba the Greek") for their 1965 album Going Places. Issued as an edited single with live audience dubbed in, the song reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song was featured, among others, in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and in the "Subdivision" episode of Prison Break, where Charles "Haywire" Patoshik raided a fast food joint and gorged himself on soda and ice cream.
The song is particularly infamous in Peru for its association with Sendero Luminoso. In the early 1990s, a video of Sendero Luminoso's leadership dancing to the song was given to the media, showing that the organization's heads were hiding in Lima itself.
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