I’m still in a New Orleans frame of mind, peoples. I delivered today a fresh draft of my first “Treme” script, and now I’m cooling out.
Found another FREE MP3 from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has been a New Orleans institution for almost 40 years.
This version of “Peanut Vendor,” recorded in 1966, was recently reissued in digital format. This configuration of the PHJB includes the legendary clarinetist George Lewis.
Click here to hear “Peanut Vendor” on my Vox blog. To download it, click the song title down below.
The melodic hook should be somewhat familiar to all... even if the words “Peanut Vendor” don’t ring a bell.
Turns out “Peanut Vendor” (or “The Peanut Vendor,” or “El Manisero”) has quite an interesting history. With lyrics inspired by the chants of Cuban street vendors, this tune was composed in Cuba more than 80 years ago by Moisés Simons.
A 1930 recording of “Peanut Vendor” touched off a “rumba craze” in the United States that lasted into the ’40s.
Louis Armstrong recorded it in 1931, thus introducing “Peanut Vendor” into the New Orleans canon through a side door.
Over the years, many major artists have recorded “Peanut Vendor.” Stan Kenton, Dean Martin, Chet Atkins, Xavier Cugat... and every Cuban star who ever drew breath: Desi Arnaz, Perez Prado, Mongo Santamaria, Candido, Paquito d’Rivera...
I like this jaunty Preservation Hall version a lot.
“Peanut Vendor” (MP3)
Album available at iTunes Music Store