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Mongo Santamaria - Yeh Yeh

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:06 am
by Rob Hall
I've never heard this version before:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D40_b7kHmIo

Mongo's version is interesting, but I prefer Georgie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ9nvljscEk

Has anybody written the book on Georgie Fame yet? *That* would be an interesting biography.

Re: Mongo Santamaria - Yeh Yeh

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:37 pm
by Jamie Renton
Mongo's version has been a favourite of mine since it appeared on an Ace album about 15 years ago. I always assumed it was an instrumental cover of Georgie Fame's hit, but Wiki sez:

" "Yeh Yeh" is a Latin soul song. It was written by Rodgers Grant and Pat Patrick and first recorded by Mongo Santamaría on his 1963 album, Watermelon Man (see 1963 in music) . Lyrics were written for the instrumental shortly thereafter by Jon Hendricks of the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. This version of the song was taken to the top of the U.K. charts in January 1965 by Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames (b/w "Preach and Teach"; Columbia DB 7428), breaking The Beatles' long-term hold on the number one spot and then a month later charted to peak at #21 on the US Billboard pop singles chart. [1]"

Re: Mongo Santamaria - Yeh Yeh

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:26 pm
by john poole
Lambert, Hendricks, and Bavan -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s018gmdelEY
(It's Annie Ross in the photo, but by this time she had been replaced by Yolande Bavan)

Re: Mongo Santamaria - Yeh Yeh

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:41 am
by john poole
Ramon Santamaria Rodriguez, born one hundred years ago today* - 7th April, 1917 in Havana - *although some sources have his year of birth as 1922 which also appears to have been the year appearing in the obituaries after he died on 1st February, 2003. Wikipedia has his y.o.b. as 1917.

He moved to New York City in 1950, played with both Perez Prado and Tito Puente; and then Cal Tjader - Santamaria’s most famous composition ‘Afro Blue’ first appeared on the 1959 live LP “Cal Tjader’s Concert by the Sea”. This was the first studio version, also in 1959, the opening track on his LP “Mongo”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbE7jf_Hp5w
https://secondhandsongs.com/work/37427/ ... nav-entity

His version of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Watermelon Man’; a US Top Ten hit in 1963
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLpii6eoaRc
another that Jon Hendricks would add lyrics to
https://secondhandsongs.com/work/20707/ ... nav-entity

‘Hammer Head’ from the 1965 LP “El Pussy Cat”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySXMB7m6yHM
Recorded in an adapted version as ‘Phoenix City’ by Roland Al & the Soul Brothers (1966)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYR1ZHuwyxA

A brief clip of ‘I Wanna Know’ from a 1963 TV appearance (cuts at 1:21)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A44ugldbplM

http://www.waybackattack.com/santamariamongo.html



Rob Hall asked in 2010 - "Has anybody written the book on Georgie Fame yet? *That* would be an interesting biography."

A Georgie Fame biography By Uli Twelker has since been published although maybe only extremely dedicated fans will require so much detail on Georgie’s career
http://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/t ... life-music

Re: Mongo Santamaria - Yeh Yeh

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:03 pm
by Ali
I think I remember reading that the Skatalites first album was almost all rewordings of tracks from a Mongo Santamaria album.