April 30 – Perez Prado and dance crazes

 Crazy, Baby 


US all-time top instrumental

Cuban bandleader Perez Prado(*) steals the airwaves with his mambo instrumental Cherry Pink.

Written in 1950 by Catalan musician Louiguy, it spends 10 weeks at US#1. A mambo dance craze follows. Also in 1955, a vocal version sung by East Coast singer Alan Dale makes US#14, and the song is heard in Jane Russell film Underwater!.

In 1958 Prado lays on another US#1 instrumental, Patricia. His 1949 mambo/jive instrumental Mambo No. 5 becomes a US#1 in 1999!! with lyrics added by Lou Bega.

Bega  Prado ▷Latin jazz▹
▷Top 10 dance crazes▹ ▷1920s Dancing▹

See also: Dance crazes, 20th century Latin music crazes: merengue, samba, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha, bossa nova
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