SOUTH AMERICA, TAKE IT AWAY

Latest update on 25/11/2009

Artist: Betty Garrett
Author: Harold Rome
Label: Decca
Year: 1946

In Broadway musical Call Me Mister. Betty married actor Larry Parks and starred in Hollywood along with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly before being targeted for un-American activities. The success of Call Me Mister must have fueled the theory of some secret agenda Communist take-over. Main theme was the lack of respect in post-war American society against returning soldiers, blacks in particular. The major male performer was African-American (Lawrence Winters), expressing his point in a way directly triggering the imminent civil rights movement. This song was a tongue-in-cheek complaint against all these exotic South American rhythms dwarfing good old foxtrots and waltzes on dance floors all over the US of A.

Covers:

1946:

Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters [n°2 US]

1946:

Mel Tormé & The Mel-Tones

1946:

Xavier Cugat [vocal: Buddy Clark; hit US]

1947:

Edmundo Ros

1955:

Harold Rome [author]

1957:

Pearl Bailey

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