Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Jungle Fever" by The Chakachas.

OK, more 70's one-hit wonders (naughty, naughty!): This Belgian group was formed in the late 50's during the Latin music craze and remained a studio-based ensemble throughout its existence. Their skilled and soulful Latin rhythms belied the fact that all the members were either Belgian or Dutch men except for lead singer Kari Kenton who was of Cuban extraction and Tito Puente's wife. Their one hit came in '72 with a Bill Ador disco composition featuring overtly sexual moaning, heavy breathing and language by Kenton with Ador in the background. RIAA Certified Gold Disc and peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100. Featured on the "Boogie Nights" soundtrack. Group? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Viva La Compagnie (Vive L'Amour)". Growing up I learned it in Spanish from my Dad, "Unamonos todos en esta cancion, viva la compagnie, y el gozo llevemos en el corazon, viva la compagnie...". Always a staple around the campfire at BSA Camp Guajataka in P.R.

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