“Mambo No. 5” is a mambo and jive dance song originally recorded and composed by Cuban Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1949.
The song’s popularity was renewed by German artist Lou Bega‘s sampling of the original, released under the same name on Bega’s 1999 debut album A Little Bit of Mambo.
- Pérez Prado is often referred to as the King of the Mambo.
- His orchestra was the most popular in mambo. His son, Pérez Prado, Jr., continues to direct the Pérez Prado Orchestra in Mexico City to this day.
- His mambo records and the joyous dancing they caused, are described in a later chapter of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel, On the Road (1957).
- Many artists covered variations of Bega’s version, including Radio Disney and Bob the Builder.