Johnny Hartsman and His Band

Besame Mucho part 1 / Besame Mucho part 2

Red Fire : 6401


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  • Artist: Johnny Hartsman and His Band
  • A Side: Besame Mucho part 1
  • B Side: Besame Mucho part 2
  • Label: Red Fire
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M
  • Label Condition: M
  • Sleeve Condition: M

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This week's Popcorn / MOD offering is from the Bay Area premier Jazz gathering, Johnny Hartsman and his band, these guys backed so many Bay Area recordings during the 50's & 60's. His name became synonymous with quality the respect for him as a musician second to none among the Soul/Jazz artists of the Bay.

So when he covers 1953 Tito Rodriquez classic Mambo groove that Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence made popular with their vocal rendition two years later; you just know this 1964 remake is gonna be just fabulous. Inventive, slick, addictive this remake is just stunningly moody Latin / Popcorn.

Gentle beginnings lift off into intricate rhythms of dance. Magnificent Spanish guitar picking, mingle with caressed bongos and considerate drumming. Simplistically brilliant, utterly narcotic Popcorn classic, that is taken to another level of cool, as Johnny Hartsman injects the crawling Hammond organ and a prowling saxophone into the proceedings.

Hauntingly brilliant.

To find this 55 year old, in MANSHIP MINT condition, is frankly astonishing.

Condition Report

MINT! Previously unplayed copy, still inside its birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: Besame Mucho part 1

    B Side

  • Title: Besame Mucho part 2
  • Year: 1964
  • City: San Francisco, Cal