Mambo Italiano (song)

For the 2003 film, see Mambo Italiano (film).
"Mambo Italiano"
Single by Rosemary Clooney and the Mellomen
B-side "We'll Be Together Again"
Released October 11, 1954 (October 11, 1954)
Format 7"
Genre Traditional pop
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bob Merrill, Frankie Laine, William S. Fischer
Producer(s) Buddy Cole, Paul Weston

"Mambo Italiano" is a popular song written by Bob Merrill in 1954 and recorded by Rosemary Clooney. Merrill wrote it under deadline, scribbled hastily on a paper napkin in an Italian restaurant in New York, United States using the wall pay-phone to dictate the melody, rhythm and lyrics to the recording studio pianist, under the aegis of conductor Mitch Miller. The song became a hit for Clooney, reaching #10 on the charts in the United States and number one in the UK Singles Chart early in 1955.[1]

The original record was produced by Mitch Miller.[2]

In 2000, it was remixed and re-released by Shaft, reaching #12 on the UK Singles Chart.


The text is written in English language with the use of some random words in:

A number of Italian words are misspelled ("Giovanno" instead of "Giovanni", and "e lo che se dice" which is a mix between the Italian "e quello che si dice" and the Spanish "y lo que se dice" with the same nonsense meaning: "and what it is said"), and in English slang (goomba, chardool). The word tiavanna is in Gibberish (invented).

Other versions


  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 39–40. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 17. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  3. 1 2 3

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Preceded by
"Finger of Suspicion" by Dickie Valentine
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Rosemary Clooney

14 January 1955 for 1 week
Succeeded by
"Finger of Suspicion" by Dickie Valentine
Danielle Hope in Over the Rainbow sung this song in week 5.
Preceded by
"Finger of Suspicion" by Dickie Valentine
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Rosemary Clooney

4 February 1955 for 2 weeks
Succeeded by
"Softly, Softly" by Ruby Murray
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