Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…) by Lou Bega (RCA, 1999)
Mambo No. 5 was originally released and composed by Cuban Damaso Perez Prado in 1949.
In 1999, German musician Lou Bega remixed and covered the song for his debut album A Little Bit of Mambo. Bega’s version spent 8 weeks at the top of Australia’s music charts and became the best selling single of the year. In France, it was at the top of the chart for a record setting 20 weeks! In fact, Mambo No. 5 topped the charts in most of Europe (22 countries/charts in total). In the U.S., it only hit #3 on the Hot 100. The U.S. was the only major chart where Mambo No. 5 didn’t hit #1.
Bega (born David Lubega) was born in Munich, Germany. His musical signature combines musical elements of the 40s and 50s with modern beats and grooves.
Bega continues performing and has released four more albums, none of which have made much impact anywhere. His most recent album, A Little Bit of 80s was released in Germany in 2013 and covers classic 80s hits like Smooth Operator, I’m So Excited, Red Red Wine and Karma Chameleon.