What was the number one song in the UK on 29th April 1955?
By Hayley Beasley Dye
Cuban bandleader and composer, Perez Prado was number one for 2 weeks with Cherry Pink(and Apple Blossom White).
Well this is fun instrumental track. I believe the style is know as Mambo. The trumpeter, Billy Regis, is very impressive throughout and I love when the percussion pauses briefly, it highlights the wonderful trumpet playing. Nice track that will get you swinging those hips.
“Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” or “Cerezo Rosa” or “Ciliegi Rosa” or “Gummy Mambo”, is the English version of “Cerisiers Roses et Pommiers Blancs”, a popular song with music by Louiguy written in 1950. French lyrics to the song by Jacques Larue and English lyrics by Mack David both exist, and recordings of both have been quite popular. However, Perez Prado’s recording of the song as an instrumental with his orchestra featuring trumpeter Billy Regis, whose trumpet sound would slide down and up before the melody would resume, was the most popular version in 1955, reaching number one for 10 weeks on the Billboard chart. It became a gold record. Perez had first recorded this title for the movie Underwater! (1955), where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to the song. Billboardranked this version as the No. 1 song of 1955. The most popular vocal version in the U.S. was by Alan Dale, reaching No. 14 on the chart in 1955.
In the United Kingdom, two versions of the song went to number one in 1955. The first was the version by Perez Prado, which reached number one for two weeks. Less than a month later, a version by the British trumpeter Eddie Calvert reached number one for four weeks.
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