Saturday, February 3, 2018

Instanbul Mambo (Repost)

I was listening to the radio a few days back when I was surprised to hear an old recording of a song that I'm very familiar with. I love They Might Be Giants' version of Istanbul (not Constantinople). But, what I was hearing on the radio was a lot older than that, AND the lyrics were in Japanese. After doing a fair amount of digging, I discovered that this was released as "Istanbul Mambo," by Chiemi Kubo, in June, 1956. The English wiki for Kubo is really short compared to the Japanese entry. For reference, the original song written by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon came out in 1953.

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