Mongo Santamaria

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Watermelon Man – Christmas 1962
Don’t Bother Me No More

Yeh Yeh – the original with Vocals by Lambert, Hendricks and Bevan. Covered by Georgie Fame.

El Pussy Cat (1964)

These tracks by Mongo Santamaria were often played at the first Twisted Wheel – Mambo rhythms intertwined soul, jazz and blues; a great dance track! And much favoured by Georgie Fame who did quite a few of Mongo’s tunes.

Originally by Herbie Hancock, “Watermelon Man” was a big hit for Mongo (unfortunate first name).  Santamaria in early 1963. A Cuban with a fantastic sense of rhythm.

Born 7th April 1922 – Havana, Cuba [Jesus Maria]

Died 1st February 2003 – Miami, Florida

Wikipedia: Mongo Santamaria