Throwback Thursday: ‘Mambo No. 5′ by Lou Bega (1999)
"Ladies and gentleman, this is Mambo No. 5."
"Mambo No. 5" is a song that has been around since 1949. It was originally by Cuban composer, Dámaso Pérez Prado.
But the version most of us know and love is by Lou Bega. Lou Bega is a German artist who brought a little jive/mambo into the Y2K craze.
The song was a hit globally, and here in America, the song reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Bega his only Top 40 hit.
Prado's estate actually sued Bega and his producers because they said they didn't get the proper credits. Bega and company claimed that they only used riffs from the original, which under German law can't be copyrighted, but obviously Prado's estate did not agree. Eventually because of Bega's significant contributions to his version, the court's final ruling declared it a new song co-written by Prado and Bega. There, they both get credit.
I was just bummed that yet another song was released with a ton of names in it and not one of them was Natasha.