It is the only song on the list sung in a language other than English. The song is typically played on one or two arpas jarochas harps along with guitar relatives the jarana jarocha and the requinto jarocho. However, versions such as those by musical groups Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and Los Pregoneros del Puerto have survived because of the artists' popularity.
The traditional aspect of " La Bamba " lies in the tune, which remains almost the same through most versions. The name of the dance, which has no direct English translation, is presumably connected with the Spanish verb bambolearmeaning "to shake" or perhaps "to stomp". A traditional huapango song, " La Bamba " is often played during weddings in Veracruz, where the bride and groom perform the accompanying dance.
The " arriba " literally "up" part of the song suggests the nature of the dance, in which the footwork, called " zapateado ", is done faster and faster as the music tempo accelerates. According to a article in Life magazine, the song and associated dance were brought "out of the jungle" at Veracruz by American bandleader Everett Hoagland, who introduced it at Ciro's nightclub in Mexico City.
Huesca re-recorded the song for RCA Victor in and the same year the song featured as a production number in the MGM musical film Fiestaperformed by a group called Los Bocheros and with the songwriting credited to Luis Martinez Serrano.
Los Lobos - La Bamba Swedish-American folk singer William Clauson recorded the song Mes Longs Cheveux - Helium Vola - Für Euch, Die Ihr Liebt several languages in the early and mid s.
He claimed to have heard the song in Veracruz, and in performance slowed down the tempo to encourage audience participation. The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens ' rock and roll version "La Bamba" in The song features a simple verse-chorus form. Los Lobos - La Bamba , who was proud of his Mexican heritage, was Los Lobos - La Bamba at What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Live - Mantovani And His Orchestra - > to merge " La Bamba " with rock and roll but then agreed.
The song ranked No. When the Los Lobos cover of Valens' version peaked at No. InValens' version was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Also is included in the Rock n roll Hall of fame's list " songs that shaped rock n roll".
The Los Lobos version remained No. It featured Lou Diamond Phillips who played Valens in the film named after the song. In the video, the band performs at a carnival in front of a merry-go-round at night. In between, clips from the movie are shown.
While they are performing, the carnival-goers dance near and on stage. Phillips joins the band for the song's Los Lobos - La Bamba chorus.
At the end of the music video, in the morning, the band is still playing on their acoustic guitars with Phillips present on the empty carnival grounds while janitors Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith - Live!
Bootleg up around them. His previously recorded but unreleased studio version from was included in a compilation, Very Best of Harry Belafonteunder the title "Bam Bam Bamba. Trini Lopez performed his own version of " La Bamba " on his album Trini Lopez Live at PJsreleased in ; this recording of the tune was later reissued as a single in Insinger Antonia Rodriguez recorded a disco version which hit number thirty-four on the American disco chart.
Insinger Perla recorded a version on her Spanish album. In  Los Lonely Boysa rock trio from Texas, often include the song in their live stage act. They cite Valens as an influence in their music. The song focuses on stereotypical Italian culture and cuisines. The song also heavily featured an accordion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Traditional Mexican folk song and dance.
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