ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE)

Latest update on 28/12/2013

Artist: Four Lads
Author: Jimmy Kennedy/Nat Simon
Label: Columbia
Year: 1953

From Canada; top 10 US. Direct descendant of humourous piece Al-Bar the Bubul Emir, printed in Captain Billy's Whizbang, an early 20th century precursor of Mad Magazine. Nat Simon also wrote the music of Poinciana.

Covers:

1953:

Edmundo Ros

1953:

Radio Revellers

1953:

Joe 'Fingers' Carr

1954:

Frankie Vaughan

1954:

Caterina Valente [early in her career]

1960:

Champs

1962:

Santo & Johnny

1963:

Jumping Jewels

1969:

Ike Turner [part of the melody in Funky Mule]

1990:

They Might Be Giants [small hit UK]

1992:

Pam Tillis [melody in chorus Cleopatra Queen Of Denial]

1994:

Chris Potter & Kenny Werner

1998:

Lee Press-On & The Nails [punk version]

Melodically related with Irving Berlin's Puttin' On The Ritz (see there).

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