Famous pieces and hits
Pérez Prado is the composer of such famous pieces as “Mambo No. 5” (later a UK chart-topper for both Lou Bega in 1999 and animated character Bob the Builder in 2001) and “Mambo No. 8”. At the height of the mambo movement, in 1955, Pérez hit the American charts at number one with a cha-cha version of “Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White” (composed by French composer Louiguy). It held the spot for 10 consecutive weeks. Pérez had first covered this title for the movie Underwater! in 1954, where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to “Cherry Pink”. In 1958, one of Pérez’s own compositions, “Patricia“, became the last record to ascend to #1 on the Jockeys and Top 100 charts, both of which gave way the following week to the then newly introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Rare, non-commercial clip from from early 50’s. The King of Mambo, Damaso Perez Prado, playing with his band, and showing off in a piano solo.
Esquivel – Mucha Muchacha