Mambo No. 5 ( A Little Bit of… ) Lou Bega



” Mambo No. 5 ( A Little Bit of… ) ” is by Lou Bega ( David Lubega ), the German mambo musician. Lou was born in Munich, Germany and is of Italian and Ugandan descent. He started his career as a rapper, but it was when living in Miami that Lou discovered Latin music, moving back to Munich Lou met Goar Biesenkamp, his then manager.
With the help of producers Frank Lio ( Achim Kleist ) and Donald Fact ( Wolfgang von Webenau ) the concept of ” Mambo No. 5 ( A Little Bit of… ) ” was born.
The song was written by Lou Bega, Dámaso Pérez Prado and Zippy Davids. Production for the single was by Goar B, Frank Lio, Donald Fact and Peter Meisel.
” Mambo No. 5 ( A Little Bit of… ) ” was released on the 19th of April 1999 by record label RCA ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken from Lou’s debut album of the same name. The album reached Platinum status in over ten countries.
Lou Bega based the song on the original ” Mambo No. 5 “, a mambo and jive dance tune by Cuban bandleader and composer, Pérez Prado ( Dámaso Pérez Prado ). Pérez often referred to as the King of the Mambo, gained popularity in the United States during the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.
Pérez recorded and performed many mambos often naming them like ” Manhattan Mambo ” and ” Mambo Jambo ” when he ran out of inspiration; he’d simply number them instead. ” Mambo No. 5 ” was one of a series of eight mambos, when the mambo fell out of favour with the public, it was replaced with the salsa.
The girls mentioned in the song are unlikely to be former girlfriends of Lou as claimed, each of the names end in ” a “. The chances of every woman that Lou ever dated having names that fit perfectly into the tempo the song is doubtful.
The accompanying music video was directed by Jorn Heitmann. The Berlin-based director has worked with a variety of artists like Scorpions, Rammstein, No Angels, Genesis, The Kelly Family, Tic Tac Toe and Paul van Dyk. As a commercial director, he works for Coca-Cola, Casio and Porsche.
The video shows Lou performing with flappers, who were the young Western woman in the 1920s with a like for short skirts and bobbed hair. They listened to Jazz and flaunted their disdain for what was, at the time, considered acceptable behaviour for women. Lou can be seen in a white suit and shoes popular during that time called spats, a homage to his interest in the era. The video also features clips of old-style movies and newsreels.
” Mambo No. 5 ( A Little Bit of… ) ” was a commercial success for Lou. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number three on the Billboard Hot 100, spending twenty-two weeks on the chart there.
On other charts in the country, it also reached number twenty-six on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary, twenty-six on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales, thirty-seven on the Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay, one on the Rhythmic Top 40, one on the Top 40 Mainstream and one on the Top 40 Tracks Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 4th of May 1999 and peaked at Number One for two weeks. ” Mambo No. 5 ( A Little Bit of… ) ” spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of seventeen weeks on the UK chart. The British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) certified the song Platinum with sales of over one million.

BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 3

UK Highest Chart Position: 1

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD) 1, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1, Canada Dance 30 (RPM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Eurochart ( Hot 100 ) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1

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