CUCARACHA, LA

Latest update on 26/02/2018

Artist: Conway's Band
Author: traditional
Label: Victor
Year: 1917

Instrumental. Written in 1915. Mexican vaquero song strongly associated with the Mexican Revolution. Cucaracha means cockroach in Spanish. Drug addicted reactionary general Huerta was mocked with the song; also La Cucaracha was the name of Pancho Villa's shining black automobile.

Covers:

1917:

Amelia Aviles, Maria Garcia, José Chaques y Carlos Villarias [for Columbia; this version made it as Himno Nacional Mexicano - canto immortal de gloria, compared with La Marseillaise]

1920:

Trio Gonzales

1920:

Claudio Garcia Cabrera

1928:

Salvador y Consuela Quizoz

1930:

Duo Acuna

1934:

Paz Flores Y Francisco Montalvo

1934:

Orquesta Pajaro Azul [in film La Cucaracha]

1934:

Royal Castillians

1934:

Orquesta Tipica Roberto Firpo

1934:

Alfredo Brito

1934:

Billy Cotton

1934:

Ambrose

1934:

Joe Loss

1934:

Geraldo

1934:

Harry Roy [with foxtrot arrangement]

1935:

Louis Armstrong

1938:

Lecuona Cuban Boys

1941:

Mantovani

1950:

Xavier Cugat

1955:

Hank Snow

1959:

Earl Bostic [as La Cucaracha Cha Cha]

1960:

Trio Los Panchos [version with a cigar instead of a joint]

1964:

Skatalites [as Ska-Racha]

1979:

Eddy Wally

1983:

Riders In The Sky

1994:

TNN [as La Cucamarcha; summer hit NL]

2000:

Helmut Lotti

2004:

Lila Downs

In 1934 used in two popular films: La Cucaracha and Viva Villa! (with King Kong starlet Fay Wray. Also by Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, King Curtis, The Champs, Los Machucambos and Los Paraguayos.

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