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Artist:The Hawketts
Label:  Chess
Date:Mar 1955
Collection:  I Own It     I Want It 
Community:4 Own, 1 Wants
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AThe HawkettsMardi Gras MamboAdams, Welsch, ElliottRate
BThe HawkettsYour Time's UpElliottRate


3rd Jan 2014
 Added original B-side image. Here's the 1953 original "Mardi Gras Mambo" by Jody Levens. Country vocal, Latin beat, sax solos--quite a mixed musical bag.


15th Aug 2013
 Thanks to musictom, we now know the original pressing, unlike the reissues, had writer credits. Does anyone have the original version by Jody Levens on Sapphire?

bill mann
13th Jan 2013
 My copy has the gold label, similar in style to the blue label here

13th Jan 2013
 Added scans of my copy, an All Platinum repressing on the 1970's style Chess label. Did this really come out in March 1955? Mardi Gras fell on February 22 that year, so the March date is probably the first notice in a trade publication.

12th Jan 2013
 As recounted here, "Mardi Gras Mambo" was written by Frankie Adams and Lou Welsch, who released the first version by Jody Levens on their Sapphire label in 1953. Two years later disk jockey Ken Elliott, known as "Jack the Cat," reworked the lyrics and recorded it with the Hawketts, led by 17-year-old Art Neville. It's been a Carnival staple ever since.


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