MISIRLOU

Latest update on 23/03/2019

Artist: Tetos Demetriadis
Author: Nicos Roubanis
Label: Columbia
Year: 1927

Greek rebetiko tenor from Constantinopel who emigrated to the US in 1921. Author Roubanis moved from Egypt to the US in 1925. Reissued on cd To Rempetiko Tragoudi Stin Ameriki 1920-1945 (FM Records). Means Woman From Misr, where Misr is Arabic for Egypt; it's about a forbidden love between a Greek (christian) man and an Egyptian (muslim) girl. Prior to 1900 many ethnic Greeks were spread all over the Ottoman territory (Turkey, the Levant and Egypt). Popular song among the Greek enclaves of Cairo, Smyrna (Izmir) and Constantinopel, where the rebetiko style took root before settling in Greek harbor cities Piraeus and Thessaloniki. It's a dance on Crete, while there's also Armenian and Klezmer variations.

Covers:

1930:

Michalis Patrinos [as Mousourloum 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)]

1930:

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

1930s:

Jack Mayesh [in Yiddish]

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:

Maria Karela

1941:

Mitchell Ayres [vocal: Meredith Blake; English lyrics by Bob Russell/Fred Wise/Milton Leeds]

1941:

Woody Herman [with English lyrics]

1941:

Harry James [instrumental]

1941:

Xavier Cugat [on Columbia]

1946:

Jan August

1947:

David Rose

1947:

Sofia Vembo

1948:

Maestro Clovis [Libanese as Ya Amal]

1950s:

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

1950s:

Terry Snyder

1951:

Dario Moreno [French version]

1952:

Nocturnes

1955:

Cardinals [doowop version]

1958:

Arthur Lyman

1958:

Earl Washington [R&B on Checker]

1959:

Caterina Valente

1959:

Enoch Light

1960:

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; Dale's father and uncles had been musicians in Libanon]

1962:

Johnny & The Hurricanes

1962:

Skordalaki

1962:

Lively Ones

1962:

Chubby Checker

1962:

Alkistis Protopsalti

1962:

Vince Guaraldi

1962:

Ray Maxwell [alias René Van Hoogten, founder of Moonglow, Rocco Granata's first label]

1963:

Lonely Ones

1963:

Santo & Johnny

1963:

Trashmen

1963:

Beach Boys

1963:

Surfaris

1963:

Astronauts

1963:

Paul Anka

1964:

Bobby Fuller

1965:

Connie Francis

1976:

Manolis Aggelopoulos

1981:

Agent Orange

1990s:

Tsaligopoulou

1993:

Laika & The Cosmonauts

1995:

Ventures

1995:

Rachid Taha [French drum & bass as Jungle Friction]

1997:

California Guitar Trio

1998:

Glykeria Kotsoula

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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