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.
song writing team of Al Hoffman and Dick Manning was joined by veteran Bix
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.
'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.