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Francisco Fellove Valdes

El Gran Fellove: Mango Mangüé
Import CD (Vampi Soul CD119), Released 2010;
Editor's Pick:
Compilation of the late 50s and early 60s recordings by this unique singer and showman from Cuba, a contemporary of Pérez Prado, Cachao and Mongo Santamaría. Includes his famous ska/mambo crossover hit 'El jamaiquino'.
Francisco Fellove Valdés was born on October 7, 1923 in the Barrio Colón, Havana. When Fellove was a kid, he would walk through the streets of downtown Havana with a drum and scat. He met Chano Pozo and the young singer Armando Borcela "Guapacha" in his neighbourhood. "Also," Fellove remembers, "I played the guitar and sang with the Niño Rivera." That's how he composed 'Mango mangüé' when he was 16, in Niño Rivera's house. The first musician to record the song was the singer Miguelito Valdés. Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, the flautist Johnny Pacheco and Aldemaro Romero also recorded it. "Then came 'El jamaiquino', another song I made with El Niño." These two historic songs are included in this collection - recorded by Fellove himself in Mexico City.
In 1952, Fellove participated in the first great jam session recorded in Havana for the Panart label: "Cuban Jam Sessions"....
After recording for RCA Victor (from September 1956 to September 1957) the group broke up...Fellove formed a new band: "I had invented the chua-chua, a kind of scat. In my group, Lobo and Melón did the choruses." In this compilation we discover Fellove's guarachera facet along with the best examples of his career in chuachua, but also some very original versions of the classics of Mexican music ('Te quiero corazón', 'Baile el minuet') and of Puerto Rican music ('Cortaron a Elena'). Even more surprising is his interpretation of a Río de la Plata classic, 'Los ejes de mi carreta'.
[from the label's website]
Highly Recommended

(BP, 2011-04-18)
Song titles include:
Mango Mangüé
Baile Mi Rumba
Mi Guaguancó
Te Quiero Corazón
El Jamaiquino
Ey Yoyo
San José
Rápido Cha Cha Cha
Decídete Mi Amor
Bómboro Quiñá Quiñá
Cortaron A Elena
Aléjate De Mí
El Jacarandoso
Los Ejes De Mi Carreta
¡Que Jelegue!
Mata Siguayara
Qué Bueno Está El Ambiente
Baile El Minuet
Anota Mi Canción, Flora
Baila Mi Guapacha
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira => Cuba
Shipping Value: 1
ORDER TL-23891.10 CD $19.98


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