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“Ticklish Mambo”: Hilarity Ensues

A song title (“Ticklish Ghetto”) from my big tribute to pioneering producer, Sonia Pottinger, inspired me to identify all other popular songs in which “ticklish” is part of the title.

Ticklish Mambo” – surprisingly or not – is one of the few 45 releases with a ticklish title:

“Ticklish Mambo”     René Touzet     1957

“Ticklish Mambo” served as the B-side to “Manhattan” – released March, 1957 on GNP.

Ticklish Mambo 45Cuban-born bandleader, René Touzet, moved to the United States in 1944 after a hurricane destroyed his Havana club.  Touzet worked with Desi Arnaz, Xavier Cugat & Stan Kenton (famed for his ‘Wall of Sound‘) before leading his own orchestra beginning in the mid-50s.  Touzet’s would record ten albums for GNP, with 1956’s “El Loco Cha Cha Cha” – the song that inspired Richard Berry to write “Louie Louie” – a career highlight.

One Response

  1. I have a 78 single by Rene Touzet “Manhattan/Ticklish Mambo” GNP 119, I’ve have been unable to get any information on the recording, I can assume it occurred pre1957 or thereabouts

    Could you should any light on this ?

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