Saturday, April 30, 2005

50 years ago: Perez “Prez” Prado hit #1 with “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White”

First posted 3/14/2021.

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

Perez “Prez” Prado

Writer(s): Jacques Larue, Louis Gugliemi, Mack David (see lyrics here)

First Charted: January 31, 1955

Peak: 110 US, 11 HP, 2 CB, 18 8, 12 UK, 13 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 1.5 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

The song was originally written in 1950 as “Cerisiers Roses et Pommiers Blanc” with lyrics by Jacques LaRue and music by Louis Gugliemi (Louiguy). The first version was released that year by AndrĂ© Claveau avec Jo Boyer et son orchestra. Mack David, brother of famous lyricist Hal David, gave it English lyrics in 1951. SF Georgia Gibbs, backed by an orchestra conducted by Glenn Osser, released her version of the song in August 1951.

However, the most popular recording was an instrumental by Perez Prado. He recorded it with his orchestra and featured trumpeter Billy Regis. WK The Cuban-born Prado, known as “The King of Mambo,” recorded “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” as a mambo in 1951. He re-recorded it in 1955 SF for the movie Underwater! which features Jane Russell dancing to the song. It spent 10 weeks at #1 and Billboard named it the song of the year.

The song has the distinction of being the last #1 before what Billboard magazine deemed the start of the rock era: when Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” hit #1. Alan Dale also charted with the song in 1955, reaching #14 with his vocal version. Prado and British trumpeter Eddie Calvert both went to #1 with the song in the United Kingdom. The song returned to the UK charts in 1982 when Modern Romance took their vocal version to #20.

Others who’ve recorded the song include Chet Atkins, Pat Boone, Petula Clark, Bing Crosby, Xavier Cugat, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Harry James, Liberace, Billy Vaughn, and Lawrence Welk. WK

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Robert Plant Mighty Rearranger released

Mighty Rearranger

Robert Plant

Released: April 25, 2005

Peak: 22 US, 4 UK, 51 AU

Sales (in millions): 0.04 US, 0.06 UK

Genre: rock


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Another Tribe
  2. Shine It All Around (3/26/05, 11 AA, 18 AR, 32 UK)
  3. Freedom Fries
  4. Tin Pan Alley
  5. All the King’s Horses
  6. The Enchanter (2005, --)
  7. Takamba
  8. Dancing in Heaven
  9. Somebody Knocking
  10. Let the Four Winds Blow
  11. Mighty Rearranger
  12. Brother Ray

Total Running Time: 54:14


3.600 out of 5.00 (average of 25 ratings)

Quotable: Plant’s “most musically satisfying and diverse recording since…Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

After the “tentative DreamlandQ covers album in 2002, “Mighty Rearranger was Plant’s true comeback album.” Q The album consists of an expanded version of the Strange Sensation band which worked with him on the previous album. In addition, Phil Johnstone, who co-wrote with Plant on 1988’s Now and Zen returned as a co-producer. They “have painstakingly and energetically crafted an album that takes his full history into account.” AMG The result is Plant’s “most musically satisfying and diverse recording since…Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti.” AMG

This is “an imaginative, confident record” Q which blends “world and Western music influences with mystical, oblique and somewhat cynical references to religion and destiny.” WK “It found room for booming Zeppelin-style drums on Shine It All Around,” Q which also features Justin Adams’ “canny emulation of Jimmy Page’s Les Paul toneography [which] fills Plant’s sung and moaned lines with ferocity.” AMG

Freedom Fries, which incorporates “21st-century rockabilly,” Q offers “startling percussive syncopation and juxtaposition of roots rockabilly blues and hard rock – a la ‘Black Dog’ – that…shatters the sensual tension.” AMG The song is critical of George W. Bush’s presidency and the post-September 11 climate. WK

Another Tribe is “a sociopolitical ballad that touches upon the textural string backdrops from Zep’s ‘Kashmir’ and is fueled by Moroccan bendir drums.” AMG There are also “African rhythms in Somebody’s Knocking.” Q On Tin Pan Alley, John Baggot’s “whispering keyboard lines under Plant’s nocturnal moan set a…slippery, sexy, undulating” AMG mood.

“The beautiful balladry of All the King’s Horses offers solid proof of Plant’s ability to reference the English folk tradition with elegance and taste, and his continued acumen for fine lyric writing.” AMG There’s also “the sultry slow stroll of The Enchanter and the North African-flavored rocker Takamba.” AMG “The dramatic Let the Four Winds Blow touches everything from early rock & roll to droning Delta blues to biker soundtrack music.” AMG

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First posted 9/27/2010; last updated 8/16/2021.