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.
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]
Orquesta Pajaro Azul [in film La Cucaracha]
Harry Roy [with foxtrot arrangement]
Earl Bostic [as La Cucaracha Cha Cha]
Trio Los Panchos [version with a cigar instead of a joint]
Skatalites [as Ska-Racha]
TNN [as La Cucamarcha; summer hit NL]
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.