Mongo Santamaria Watermelon Man

  • Published on:  Friday, July 6, 2012
  • LP "La Bamba" Columbia records 1963
    Bass – Victor Venegas
    Congas, Drums, Bongos – Mongo Santamaria
    Drums – Ray Lucas
    Flute – Mauricio Smith
    Percussion – Osvaldo Martinez
    Piano – Rodgers Grant
    Saxophone – Bobby Capers, Pat Patrick
    Trumpet – Marty Sheller

    Record Company – Bill Grauer Productions Inc.
    Recorded At – Plaza Sound Studios
    Executive-Producer – Bill Grauer
    Producer – Larry Maxwell, Orrin Keepnews
    Recorded By – Ray Fowler
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  • liz Rob

    liz Rob

     1 months ago +1

    this song reminds me of an old 1960s 1970s film called watermelon Man where the black actor Godfrey Cambridge is a white guy who becomes black overnight a hilarious funniest movie ever seen my life very funny!!!

  • Andy Arleo

    Andy Arleo

     2 months ago

    What's the line-up on this tune?

  • Salvatore Russo

    Salvatore Russo

     3 months ago

    Er cocomeraro

  • Todd Campbell

    Todd Campbell

     4 months ago


  • Ken Bradshaw

    Ken Bradshaw

     5 months ago

    Played this is a jazz concert - on the congas - two weeks ago. Played it also a year ago - only in rehearsals. A year of the song percolating in my head made a big difference.

  • Harry Minot

    Harry Minot

     5 months ago

    Back when this was a current hit my classmates dubbed me “Watermelon Man” because my belly was watermelon-sized. Another track was titled “Fatback”, about which they said “No. All of his fat is out front.” Much laughter. They were also amused by the size of my boobs.

  • Guillermo Garraton

    Guillermo Garraton

     5 months ago

    Eastern Airlines had a tv ad with that music.

  • Mel Bee

    Mel Bee

     5 months ago

    Not sure why they would put a pic of a girl with a very obvious panty line on the cover. Just seems more obscene than it needs to be

  • Esteban Nemo

    Esteban Nemo

     7 months ago

    Hombre de sandia.



     8 months ago +8

    Herbie was asked to play his song Watermelon Man by Donald Byrd for Mongo at a show that was dead. Mango heard it and got on stage and started playing congos to it, bass player got on stage and glanced at Herbie left hand and played a bass line. The people from the show started to hit the dance floor. Afterwards Mongo asked Herbie can her record it which he said yes. This was in Herbie Hancocks autobiography. A great song as well as a great story. Good music is timeless.

  • david alen

    david alen

     10 months ago +1

    Cuban style music at its best...

  • Uncle Peanut 38

    Uncle Peanut 38

     11 months ago +2

    This is the Sony records version, 1964!!

  • theoldrockero Padilla Gutierrez

    theoldrockero Padilla Gutierrez

     a years ago


  • Cynthia Hawkins

    Cynthia Hawkins

     a years ago +7

    The percussion in a Latin band is like, elemental. But it's often those horns that drive a lot of that groove sound. Sabroso......

  • Xavi Rayuela

    Xavi Rayuela

     a years ago +4

    Suave...suavecito' gozar...

  • Papa Rick

    Papa Rick

     a years ago +2

    This was the first version of this tune I ever heard. Herbie Hancock composed it. Herbie Mann also did one of my favorite covers of this tune.



     a years ago +2

    the horns are superb on this song.

  • Diane Dearing

    Diane Dearing

     a years ago +1

    I remember this song in the late sixties



     2 years ago

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  • rillloudmother


     2 years ago

    i am in favor of this album cover, and also this cover of herbie's tune.