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Space Age Pop Songs

One thing you notice quickly when you start collecting exotica and space age pop music is the astonsihing frequency with which certain songs were covered. These tunes are the standards of space age pop music--the benchmarks, if you will, by which arranging and instrumental virtuousity and invention can be measured.

These pages provide some background on who wrote some of the more prominent standards and when. I've lumped them into arbitrary categories and suggested the leading examples of each. In addition, you'll find a listing of numerous covers of many of these tunes for handy reference the next time you're in the mood to listen to 25 different versions of "The Third Man Theme" in a row!

The Hawaiian Number
Hawaiian War Chant, Hawaiian Wedding Song

The Near Eastern Number
Misirlou, In a Persian Market, Calcutta, Istanbul

The Jungle Number
Quiet Village, Moon of Manakoora

The Brazilian Number

Tico Tico, Brazil,Baia

The Latin Number

La Cucaracha, The Peanut Vendor, Perfidia

The European Cover Song

Autumn Leaves, Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, April in Portugal, The Poor People of Paris, Lisbon Antigua

The Classical Kitsch Song

Baubles, Bangles, and Beads, Stranger in Paradise, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Sabre Dance, Full Moon and Empty Arms

The Foreign Film Theme

The Third Man Theme, Never on Sunday, Anna, More

The American Film Theme

Moonglow/Theme from "Picnic", Theme from "Exodus," Theme from "A Summer Place," High Noon, Theme from "The High and the Mighty"

The Sea Song

Ebb Tide, Beyond the Sea, Red Sails in the Sunset, Harbor Lights

The R & B Number

Harlem Nocturne, Night Train

The Juan Tizol/Duke Ellington Song

Caravan, Perdido

The Lecuona Song

The Breeze and I, Jungle Drums, Malaguena, Siboney, Taboo, Babalu

The Leroy Anderson Number

Blue Tango, Fiddle-Faddle, The Syncopated Clock, Plink, Plank, Plunk!

The Mancini Number

Peter Gunn, Moon River, Days of Wine & Roses, Baby Elephant Walk, Mr. Lucky


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