Label: Columbia Special Products - CSPS-10 322F • Format: 10x, Vinyl LP, Compilation Box Set • Country: Canada • Genre: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Childrens • Style: Contemporary, Vocal, Easy Listening, Romantic
An instrumental version was first recorded by The Champs in The first vocal version was recorded in by Chubby Checker on Parkway Records : it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot for two weeks held out by " Telstar " by The Tornados and at number one on the Cash Box charts. Checker then released a sequel, "Let's Limbo Some More", inwhich peaked at 20 in the Billboard chart. In session guitarist Billy Strange and a friend were listening to a song on the radio. Strange sneered that he could write a better song in five minutes.
His friend produced a hundred-dollar bill from his wallet and bet him he could not. Strange pulled out a note pad coming up with the tune in under five minutes with the only lyrics being "What a monotonous Limbo Rock - Various - Fleetwood Presents Stereo Highlights From The World Of Music for every line, and pocketed the money. Whilst later doing a recording session for Ricky NelsonStrange was asked if he had a song for recording. Limbo Rock - Various - Fleetwood Presents Stereo Highlights From The World Of Music a joke he sang the "What a monotonous melody" song.
A few months later Chubby Checker's manager Kal Mann asked Strange if he could record the song with different lyrics that became "Limbo Rock". Because the song is literally about limboversions of the song by lesser-known cover bands appear on various Latin musicCalypso music and reggae compilation records. It also appears on a number of children's music albums.
In the Perfect Strangers episode " Just Desserts ", the song Balki sings when preparing and making "Bibby Babkas"while with completely different lyrics, is sung to the same melody as "Limbo Rock". Part of the song is sung at a party by some of the Smooth Operator - Sade - The Best Of Sade in the episode of The Simpsons titled " Dangerous Curves ".
Phil Sweetland, writing for the New York Times stated that at "age 62 and 43 years after 'The Twist,' Chubby Checker has once again comes up with a top-five single: a hip-hop-flavored version of another of his 's hits, 'Limbo Rock. Checker's first top-five hit since the original 'Limbo Rock' in The Chubby Checker recording was featured in the film Hairspray. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Record Research.
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