Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The Peanut Vendor

First recorded (as “El manisero”) by Rita Montaner con Orquesta (1927).
Hit versions by Don Azpiazu & His Havana Casino Orchestra (US #1 1930), Louis Armstrong (US #15 1930), Red Nichols & His Five Pennies (US #5 1931), The California Ramblers (US #5 1931), Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (US #1 1947).

From the wiki: “‘El manisero’, known in English as ‘The Peanut Vendor’, is a Cuban son-pregón composed by Moisés Simons. Together with ‘Guantanamera’, it is arguably the most famous piece of music created by a Cuban musician. ‘The Peanut Vendor'” has been recorded more than 160 times, sold over a million copies of the sheet music, and was the first million-selling 78 rpm of Cuban music. Its success was far-reaching, directly leading to the ‘Rumba craze’ in the US and Europe which lasted through the 1940s.

“‘The Peanut Vendor’ was first sung and recorded as ‘El mansiero’ by the vedette Rita Montaner in 1927 for Columbia Records. The biggest record sales for ‘El manisero’ came from the recording made by Don Azpiazú and his Havana Casino Orchestra in New York in 1930 for Victor Records. Other early ’30s versions, recorded as ‘The Peanur Vendor’, that also charted were performed by Louis Armstrong (1930), Red Nichols & His Five Pennies (1931), and the California Ramblers (1931).

“‘The Peanut Vendor’ had a second life on the ‘Hit Parade’ when Stan Kenton recorded it in 1947 with his big band for Capitol Records. This was also a great and long-lasting hit, re-recorded by Kenton twice with the band, and played by him later in life as a piano solo. The original Kenton version, from 1947, was entirely instrumental, with the song’s rhythmic pattern emphasized by Kenton’s aggressive but rich-sounding trombonists.”

Don Azpiazu & His Havana Casino Orchestra, “El manisero” (1930):

Louis Armstrong & His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra, “The Peanut Vendor” (1930):

Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, “The Peanut Vendor” (1931):

The California Ramblers, “The Peanut Vendor” (1931):

Stan Kenton & His Orchestra, “The Peanut Vendor” (1947):

Stan Kenton & His Orchestra, “The Peanut Vendor” (1956):

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