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Excelente !!! Buenisima Rola !!!
I got to hear him play this in a bull-ring in Marbella, Spain in the 70s when I was in the Navy for a celebration of Duke Ellington's life. He played it for 30 solid minutes, inviting everyone down to the ground to dance. What a great memory!
Big Classic ! Very FAMOUS !
Nice song, Herbie and Mongo! :)
Is this the original song from 1963 and it was a big hit too.?
Recomiendo la versión original de Herbie Hancock del disco Head Hunters de 1973.
The song he stole From Herbie Hancock ........
"Mongo" Santamaría (April 7, 1917 – February 1, 2003) was a rumba quinto master and an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue", recorded by John Coltrane among others. In 1950 he moved to New York City where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, etc. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" (recorded on December 17, 1962) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
I had the honor, joy, and pleasure of being a partner in the company that managed and produced Mongo in the 1970s. He was the most amazing musician and the sweetest man. I miss him every single day. Best of all were the gigs at the Village Gate in NYC's Greenwich Village, which was an intimate room that was always packed with people who loved Mongo's music and adored the man. Those were fun times.
WATERMELON MAN compuesta por HERBIE HANCOCK (influenciado por MONGO SANTAMARÍA)
papa Mongo the best all time
Gracias Mama, por introducen este gran musoico que nos!
The best version of this song. Takes me back to the sixties when pop music was infused with jazz,,what we called a crossover hit.
trop top ... j'adore
Mongo Santamaria. 'Nuff said...Watermelon Man. NGO..Never Gets Old
hasta los muertos podrian levantarse y bailar
I used to play this in my jazz band.Brings back nice memories.
In harlem Ny sitting on the fire escape listing to the jam in the park. shaffer concert.