MISIRLOU

Latest update on 02/05/2016

Artist: Tetos Demetriades
Author: Nicolas Roubanis
Label: Columbia
Year: 1927

Greek tenor. Arranged in rebetiko style by Roubanis. Egyptian roots as Misrlou means Woman From Misr, where Misr is Arabic for Egypt. Popular among the Greek enclave of Cairo, where the rebetiko style was born. Egyptian singer/actor Sayed Darwish may have cut it in 1919 as Bint Misr, which also means Egyptian Girl (Mechian label). Slower than the more familiar versions: it's a dance on Crete, while there's also Armenian and Klezmer variations. Dick Dale learned the tune from an Armenian uncle.

Covers:

1930s:

Danae [on Greek Archives, Vol 8: Armenians, Jews, Turks & Gipsies in Old Recordings, reissued on FM Records]

1930s:

Jack Mayesh [in Yiddish]

1931:

Michalis Patrinos [as Mousourlou on Columbia; played it with his rebetiko band in Athens since 1927; reissued on cd box set Mnimes I Mousiki Skini Tou Smirneikou Tragoudiou 1907-1939 (Lyra)]

1940:

Nicolas Matthey & his Oriental Orch. [on Decca as Misirlou (Turkish Dance), very likely the author Nicolas Roubanis using an alias; he was a troubadour in Atlantic City with Greek roots and the first who claimed authorship over this tune; his version fell in the familiar oriental mode]

1941:

Woody Herman [with English lyrics]

1941:

Harry James [instrumental]

1941:

Xavier Cugat [on Columbia]

1941:

Mitchell Ayres [vocal: Meredith Blake]

1946:

Jan August

1948:

Maestro Clovis [Libanese as Ya Amal]

1950s:

Manolis Aggelopoulos [cleaned up lyrics]

1950s:

Rabbi Aboulafia [Harry Smith recording in Yiddish suggesting an even older descent]

1950s:

Terry Snyder

1951:

Dario Moreno [French version]

1952:

Nocturnes

1954:

David Rose

1955:

Cardinals [doowop version]

1958:

Arthur Lyman

1958:

Earl Washington [R&B on Checker]

1959:

Caterina Valente

1959:

Enoch Light

1961:

Martin Denny

1962:

Dick Dale & The Del-Tones [first version as surf instrumental, also in film Pulp Fiction; first recording with Fender Stratocaster, reverb and Dual Showman amp]

1962:

Johnny & The Hurricanes

1962:

Skordalaki

1962:

Lively Ones

1962:

Alkistis Protopsalti

1962:

Vince Guaraldi

1963:

Lonely Ones

1963:

Santo & Johnny

1963:

Trashmen

1963:

Beach Boys

1963:

Surfaris

1963:

Astronauts

1963:

Paul Anka

1964:

Bobby Fuller

1965:

Connie Francis

1981:

Agent Orange

1990s:

Tsaligopoulou

1993:

Laika & The Cosmonauts

1995:

Ventures

1995:

Rachid Taha [French drum & bass as Jungle Friction]

1997:

California Guitar Trio

1999:

Mel Tones

2000:

Apemen

2001:

Kronos Quartet [as Misirlou Twist]

2001:

Olla Vogala

2004:

Anna Vissi [during closing ceremony Athens Olympics]

2005:

Black Eyed Peas [sample Dick Dale's version in Pump It]

2007:

Kosmos [on Beginner's Guide To Greece]

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