The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat
1999: Interstate/Harlequin HQ CD 133
She was great!!!! This Czech/Portuguese collection of Carmen Miranda on Films & Airshots is a little uneven, but most of the tracks are just great fun. It certainly injected the term hipsnotize into my permanent vocabulary (and my friend Cats as well) because of I Yi Yi Yi Yi, and it contains her incomparable rendition of Chattanooga Choo Choo. But I really get a kick out of the Jimmy Durante show appearances: she has such an expressive voice that I can practically see her face when she talks. Check out the documentary Bananas Is My Business sometime to appreciate this fascinating and unique woman.
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