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Let’s Tango with Harry Horlick and His Orchestra! [1959]

Translated literally as “The Touch,” Tango is a dance that is performed exactly as it is described.

With its roots in Europe and Africa, Argentina today stands as the popular source of Tango. The music and the dance are distinctive, flowing and beautiful.

Harry Horlick wasn’t from Argentina.

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That didn’t stop this Russian immigrant from putting out at least two Tango albums. The one seen here is a thrift-store find, worn to the point of being grey in the grooves. But the beauty of Tango makes its way through anyway. I digitized a couple of the tracks into a video for your home dancing pleasure 🙂

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Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 – Mas Que Nada

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Take a sharp-dressed piano man, add catchy music and perfect harmonies.  The result: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66.

Hugely overshadowed by the “Surf Sixties” and “Free Love Sixties,” the “Lounge Sixties” stands today in testament of the quality and talent that permeated the decade – on full display in countless videos on the Intertubes.  The Bossa Nova beat is difficult to ignore – upbeat happiness that caresses the ears.

Case in point is the song Mas Que Nada, originally written and performed in 1963 by Jorge Ben.

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 brought it to prominence about three years later on their A&M debut.  While I have known about Sergio Mendes’ talent now for many years, I only first hear Mas Que Nada as part of the soundtrack for 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. I picked up the clean copy of the A&M LP a while back, and play it regularly.  Since then I have also purchased other Sergio Mendes work, thoroughly enjoying every one.

If you’re down, try a little Bossa Nova and a strong cup of South American coffee.  That’ll clear up what ails you 🙂

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