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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1954!
In 1954, Rosemary Clooney released Mambo Italiano. The song was written by Bob Merrill and featured a hip Latino sound that was becoming more and more popular. The song rose on the charts to Number One and stayed there for 16 weeks.

The Lyrics:

A girl went back to Napoli,
because she missed the scenery,
the native dances
and the charming songs
but wait a minute...
something's wrong:

Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Go, go, go, you mixed up Siciliano.
All you Calabraise
Do the mambo like a crazy

With a-Hey Mambo!
Don't wanna tarantella,
Hey Mambo! no more the mozzarella ,
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Try an enchilada with da fish-a-bacala

And then hey goombah!
I love how you dance the rumba.
But take some advice paisano,
learn-a how to mambo
If you gonna be a square
You ain't-a gonna go nowhere
Then hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Go, go Joe, shake-a like a Giovanno,
Hello kess-a deech
You getta happy in the feets-a
When you Mambo Italiano !

Shake baby, shake,
'Cause I love when you take me
Mama say you stop-a or
I'm gonna tell your papa

And then hey jadrool!
You donna have to go to school
Just make-a wid da beat-a bambino,
It's-a like a vino
Kid you're good-a-lookin'
But you don't know what's cookin,
Till you
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!

Go, go, go, you mixed up Siciliano
-- it's-a so delisha,
Everybody can capice
How to Mambo Italiano !

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