Joe Cuba Sextet - (Beep Beep) "BANG BANG"

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chinorm | October 27, 2008

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Here's information about Joe Cuba from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Cuba

Born "Gilberto Miguel Calderón" in New York City, Joe Cuba (April 22, 1931 – February 15, 2009) was a Puerto Rican musician who was considered to be the "Father of Latin Boogaloo"...

In 1965, the Sextet got their first crossover hit with the Latin and soul fusion of "El Pito (I Never Go Back To Georgia)" . The "Never Go Back To Georgia" chant was taken from Dizzy Gillespie's intro to the seminal Afro-Cuban tune, "Manteca". Sabater later revealed that "none of us had ever been to Georgia.[3]

Along with fellow Nuyorican artists such as Ray Barretto and Richie Ray, Cuba was at the forefront of the developing Latin soul sound in New York, merging American R&B styles with Afro-Cuban instrumentation. Cuba was one of the key architects behind the emerging Latin Boogaloo sound, which became a popular and influential Latin style in the latter half of the 1960s. In 1965, the Sextet got their first crossover hit with the Latin and soul fusion of "El Pito (I Never Go Back To Georgia)" . The "Never Go Back To Georgia" chant was taken from Dizzy Gillespie's intro to the seminal Afro-Cuban tune, "Manteca". Sabater later revealed that "none of us had ever been to Georgia.[3]

Along with fellow Nuyorican artists such as Ray Barretto and Richie Ray, Cuba was at the forefront of the developing Latin soul sound in New York, merging American R&B styles with Afro-Cuban instrumentation. Cuba was one of the key architects behind the emerging Latin Boogaloo sound, which became a popular and influential Latin style in the latter half of the 1960s.:"

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Here's some additional information from http://www.latina.com/blogs/sound-check/bang-bang-joe-cuba-back
"If the name Joe Cuba doesn’t ring any bells, that’s probably because you were born after the 1960’s when the legendary Nuyorican bandleader was dubbed the Father of Latin Boogaloo. And for those of you that don’t know what style of music that is, it’s a fusion of R&B and son montuno. Cuba died last year at the age of 78 but that doesn’t mean his spirit and sound did as well...

My personal favorite, also his biggest hit, is “Bang Bang,” a groovy tune with some catchy lyrics (“Cornbread, hog maw and chitterlings/ Cuchi cuchi cuchi”). Listening to it makes me want to do my hair in a high beehive, throw on some pointy-toed heels and get dancing."

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Note, there appears to be more than one Joe Cuba song titled "Bang Bang". I haven't been able to find the lyrics online to the "Beep Beep Bang Bang" (cornbread, haw maw and chitterlings..." song that was the recording hit.

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Also, for more Latin groove, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vMKtLCB-XQ&feature=related for Jimmy Castor's Hey Leroy (Your Mama Callin You)

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Posted in 2009

VibesDude17-Gracias, Amigo! Thank you for posting this!  To me it is the best of the postings of Joe Cuba performing Bang Bang. I am enjoying the video!

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loosestudiosm in1965, the Sextet got their first crossover hit with the Latin and soul fusion of "El Pito (I Never Go Back To Georgia)". The "Never Go Back To Georgia" chant was taken from Dizzy Gillespie's intro to the seminal Afro-Cuban tune, "Manteca". Jimmy Sabater later revealed that "none of us had ever been to Georgia". [1]

In 1967, scored a "hit"in National Hit Parade List with the song "Bang Bang" -ushered in the Latin Boogaloo era. H, that year in the Billboards with the song "Sock It To Me Baby"

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Renagade70-New Yorican Soul. Everybody was dancing to this song. The projects all over the Bronx and Manhattan was putting this on blast.

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Zaragemca -I do like Joe Cuba and he was a good musician. But the first crossover in this genre was done by Mongo Santamaria with (Watermelonman) of Herbie Handcock. And Mongo was working this concept with his Orquesta Manhattan since 1957..(Gerry Zaragemca is a world's known authority in Afrocuban Percussion and Music).

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willoughby605-this song is straight lexington avenue and like 105th street, spanish harlem

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skycap100-The Joe Cuba sextet were perhaps the best band in the 60's. Too bad radio stations have forgotten them. They had great hits with Tu abuela adonde esta, and they remade the best version of OYE COMO VA. My favorite songs is Mi Lindo Son, from the bailadores album, and solo por ti from the Alma del barrio album

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Posted in 2010

panamerica45 -Originally Bang-Bang was recorded on a summer evening in the Bronx, all the voices even the little kid you hear on the original recording are actually people that were there when the recording took place summer of 1967 the Bronx don't have the location.

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Gman9259@panamerica45 I remember those days well. I was raised in the Bronx and at that time 1966-67 I lived on the 2100 block of Southern Blvd. During the summers, on the median strip we would party all night long. We called it breaking light! 

Even Willie Colon and his boys would come to our neighborhood and join in the party atmosphere. Folks think New Orleans is something special, it was like that all the time.

I think the first time Bang Bang was played, it was at the Bronx Music Place,

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panamerica45-@Gman9259 The Bronx Music Place, was that a record store? Also remember the oldest record store also in the Bronx still there close to either Prospect Avenue or Jackson, the owner was a musician and he has history of all the Fania, Tico Recordings, etc. Can u remind me of the name of that store? Wanted to also tell you that if you're looking for old music that store is the one.

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Gman9259 - @panamerica45 The Bronx Music Palace was also known as the Bronx Music Casino. Back then the bands traveled from dance hall to dance hall and if you were lucky enough to get a ticket you could be partying and dancing for hours and hours of live music from as many as 17 different bands during the course of your stay. It was awesome! I don't live in the Bronx, but I remember those times like they were yesterday. Find out from they kids of that day about Symphany Sid, and his radio show! PARTY 

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MikeBlitzMag-This was a hit single on the Tico label in the Fall of 1966. I'm elated that this clip has survived. It's a classic!

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marbleann-Love this song

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Mehrdad1-Thank you so much for posting this! This is pure gold!

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reggie44- Z-100 in New York used to use this as the closing theme for their morning show, which was really funny since they were a Top 40 station and didn't play a lick of Spanish music!

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ashylarry101-@reggie44 yes they did, when the z morning zoo 1st came out like in 81 or 82. wow thats a great bit of trivia you threw out there.

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crazlop123 - LOve LOve It ! great memories of being at my Godmothers house fridays or sat nites...all us kids playing outside late what a treat.. while all the adults cooked and Danced all nite...:O) Brooklyn NY late 1960's

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mimaloca1-OMG..havent heard this song in ages,but just about aweek or so ago i heard it on the spanish tv station for a commercial with kids..and it remineded me of my kids when they were small,my daughter just loved it..I've just called her so that she may hear the song again,and of cause she cracked up...thumbs up on this song..brought back good memories...cks

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sableindian-Remember that lady squeaking in the background. Love this song. Plus, when I would go to the Bears games with my homeys we would Beep Beep and Bang Bang. Too Cool!

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crazlop123-Fri -sat ♪♫  nites ... Everybody at my Godmothers house in Brooklyn ♪♫ 1960's Bang Bang AHHH.. beeep Beep ♫♪♪♫

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soulgaloo -fantastic footage! Thanks for posting

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ladylove326- this i heard so long ago. then I was reintroduced to it when david samborn did a remake. love it. i'm looking for a clear full sounding version that would be played on the radio. if any one have a version that is clear, let me know thanx!

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Azizip17-"Beep Ah Beep Beep Ah Bang Bang!" I LOVE this song!! For me, this song is associated with watching folks do Latin dances in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, New York City) in1969. That was the 1st time that I ever saw Black people do Latin dances (salsa?) & I'm African American but from AC, New Jersey where there were hardly any Latinos. I loved to know this song's lyrics. Help please. Thanks. I also remember another Latin song from then called "Hey Leroy, your mama callin you, mon". Great times.

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Azizip17-I meant to write "Beep Beep Ah Beep Beep Ah Bang Bang." I found a couple of online lyrics for song with the title Bang Bang that is credited to Joe Cuba.The chorus that song has is "bang,bang,bang Bang,bang,bang,insane,sane,sane".

Is that really a Joe Cuba song? If so, was it recorded after the Beep Beep Bang Bang hit?

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