MONGO SANTAMARIA WATERMELON MAN New York City 9th/10th October 1992

  • Published on:  Wednesday, March 16, 2011
  • One of the best tracks from the latin-american artist
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  • Hola Hola

    Hola Hola

     21 days ago

    Excelente !!! Buenisima Rola !!!

  • Rachael Booth

    Rachael Booth

     1 months ago +1

    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!

  • baptiste girard

    baptiste girard

     1 months ago

    Big Classic !   Very FAMOUS !

  • hshmanowin


     3 months ago

    Nice song, Herbie and Mongo! :)

  • TheSirjohn2012


     6 months ago

    Is this the original song from 1963 and it was a big hit too.?

  • Tony Alfaro

    Tony Alfaro

     11 months ago


  • Santillana


     a years ago

    Recomiendo la versión original de Herbie Hancock del disco Head Hunters de 1973.

  • kuitlahuak rafael argumedo vera

    kuitlahuak rafael argumedo vera

     a years ago

    The song he stole From Herbie Hancock ........



     2 years ago +1

    "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.

  • Wolff Bachner

    Wolff Bachner

     3 years ago +24

    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.



     3 years ago +4

    WATERMELON MAN compuesta por HERBIE HANCOCK (influenciado por MONGO SANTAMARÍA)

  • rafael mateo

    rafael mateo

     3 years ago +1

    papa Mongo the best all time

  • Enid Knight

    Enid Knight

     3 years ago +3

    Gracias Mama, por introducen este gran musoico  que nos!

  • maxkarim1


     4 years ago +1

    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.

  • Philippe Pougneaud

    Philippe Pougneaud

     4 years ago

    trop top ... j'adore

  • Jerry Johnson

    Jerry Johnson

     4 years ago

    Mongo Santamaria. 'Nuff said...Watermelon Man. NGO..Never Gets Old

  • Claudia Marchant

    Claudia Marchant

     4 years ago +2

    hasta los muertos podrian levantarse y bailar

  • william duprey

    william duprey

     5 years ago


  • Declan Peterson

    Declan Peterson

     5 years ago +2

    I used to play this in my jazz band.
    Brings back nice memories.

  • Julius l. Johnson Jr.

    Julius l. Johnson Jr.

     6 years ago

    In harlem Ny sitting on the fire escape listing to the jam in the park. shaffer concert.