Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Oye Como Va

Written and first recorded by Tito Puente & His Orchestra (1963).
Inspired by “Chanchullo” by Israel “Cachao” Lopez (1937).
Hit version by Santana (US #13/R&B #32 1970).

From the wiki: “‘Oye Como Va’ is a song written by Latin Jazz and Mambo musician Tito Puente in 1963. The fact that the phrase ‘Oye como va’ is the title of the song and is sung somewhat separately from the phrase ‘mi ritmo’ makes for its interpretation as ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ However, the first sentence is actually ‘Oye como va mi ritmo,’ meaning ‘Listen to how my rhythm goes.’ Israel ‘Cachao’ López’s 1937, ‘Rareza de Melitón’ (later changed to ‘Chanchullo’), inspired Tito Puente’s signature tune.

“The song was popularized by Santana’s rendition of it in 1970 on the album Abraxas, helping to catapult Santana into stardom. NPR included the song in its ‘NPR 100: The most important American musical works of the 20th Century’.”

Cachao Orquesta, “Chanchullo”:

Santana, “Oye Como Va” (1970):

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