Monday, 25 March 2013

Eydie Gorme - Blame It On The Bossa Nova

"Blame It on the Bossa Nova" is the title of a song written by Cynthia Weil (lyrics) and Barry Mann which was a 1963 hit single for Eydie Gormé, reaching #7 on the Hot 100 in Billboard in March 1963.
Produced by Al Kasha who had been responsible for the #1 hit "Go Away Little Girl" by Gormé's husband Steve Lawrence, "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" featured backing vocals by The Cookies. "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" merges the sensibilities of the Brill Building Sound with the Latin music which Gormé had previously specialized in, as the song describes a romantic relationship inaugurated by a couple dancing to the bossa nova - "the dance of love." The bossa nova is a Brazilian music style which, with its associated dancing forms, had enjoyed a vogue in the U.S from the late 1950s.

"Blame It on the Bossa Nova" was an international hit for Gormé, reaching #1 in Australia, South Africa and Sweden and #2 in Norway. In the UK the single reached #32. Rendered in Spanish by Gormé as "Cúlpale a la bossa nova",the track sold 250,000 units in Spain and Latin America and 100,000 units in Italy.

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