Mambo Italiano

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"Mambo Italiano" is a popular song written by Bob Merrill in 1954 for the American singer Rosemary Clooney. The song became a hit for Clooney, reaching the Top Ten in record charts in the US and France and No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart early in 1955. The song has shown enduring popularity, with several cover versions and appearances in numerous films.


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A girl went back to Napoli 
Because she missed the scenery 
The native dances and the charming songs 
But wait a minute, something's wrong

Hey, mambo, mambo italiano
Hey, mambo, mambo italiano 
Go, go, go you mixed up siciliano 
All you calabrese do the mambo like a crazy with a 
Hey mambo, don't wanna tarantella 
Hey mambo, no more a mozzarella 
Hey mambo, mambo italiano

Try an enchilada with the fishy baccalà and then a 
Hey cumpa', I love a how you dance a rhumba 
But take a some advice, paisano 
Learn how to mambo 
If you gonna be a square 
You ain't a gonna go nowhere

Hey mambo, mambo italiano 
Hey mambo, mambo italiano 
Go, go, Joe, shake like a Giovano
Hello, cosa dici, getta happy in the feets a when you
Mambo italiano 

Shake-a baby, shake-a 'cause I love a when you take a me 

Mama say stop-a or I'm gonna tell papa 
And a hey già drool you don't a have to go to school 
Just make-a wid da beat bambino 
It's a like a vino 
Kid, you good a lookin' but you don't a-know what's cookin' till you 

Hey mambo, mambo italiano 
Hey mambo, mambo italiano 
Ho, ho, Joe, you mixed up siciliano 
It's a so delish a everybody come, capisci
How to mambo italiano 

'Ats nice! (unh)

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Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House" written by William Saroyan and his cousin Ross Bagdasarian (better known as David Seville, the father figure of Alvin and the Chipmunks), which was followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me" (a cover version of the Italian song Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina by Alberto Rabagliati), "Mambo Italiano", "Tenderly", "Half as Much", "Hey There" and "This Ole House", although she had success as a jazz vocalist. Clooney's career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1977, when her White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear w… more »

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Written by: BOB MERRILL

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