Original RCA Recording

Papa Loves MamboPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Words and Music by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning and Bix Reichner 1954
Shapiro-Bernstein & Co., Inc. & Al Hoffman Songs Inc. ~ ASCAP
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
and The Ray Charles Chorus
Arranged by Joe Reisman and Produced by Joe Carlton
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York
Recording Engineer: unknown
Recording Time 2:41
Recorded August 31, 1954   ~  Matrix No. E4VB 5169 Take 1
Single release: RCA-RCA-78/45RPM-20/47-5857
Single Flip Side: "The Things I Didn't Do"
US Chart Position No. 4 
Belgian Chart No. 1 ( January & February, 1955 )
Como's Golden Records ~ 1958

Bandleader  Perez Prado introduced the sizzling, screeching mambo to the United States
in 1949, but it caught on with a bang in 1954, and this recording was one reason why.
The song writing team of Al Hoffman and Dick Manning was joined by veteran Bix Reichner,
composer of such hits as "The Fable of the Rose" and "The Red We Want Is The Red
We've Got ( in the Old Red, White and Blue )", to produce this bright novelty for Perry.
The grunts heard from the chorus are humorous references to bandleader Prado's yelps
to his musicians as they whipped dancers into a mambo frenzy.

( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )

'Papa Loves Mambo and Mama loves mambo!' So sang Perry Como, who popularized
this catchy dance number on his NBC television show. Como's 1954 recording climbed
to No. 4 in the U.S.A. and sold over one million copies.

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