The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat

Carmen Miranda

1999: Interstate/Harlequin HQ CD 133

  1. South American Way
  2. Mamãe Eu Quero
  3. Bambú-Bambú
  4. I Yi Yi Yi Yi/Chica Chica Boom Chic
  5. Cai Cai
  6. I Yi Yi Yi Yi
  7. Weekend in Havana
  8. Rebola, Bola
  9. When I Love I Love
  10. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  11. O Tique-Taque do Meu Coração
  12. Pan American Jubilee
  13. Brazil
  14. You Discover You’re In New York
  15. The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat
  16. Paduca
  17. I Yi Yi Yi Yi
  18. I’m Just Wild About Harry
  19. I Like To Be Loved By You
  20. Give Me a Band and a Bandana
  21. South American Way
  22. Voom Voom
  23. Mamãe Eu Quero
  24. Jimme Durante Show excerpt
  25. Jimme Durante Show excerpt
  26. Jimme Durante Show excerpt
  27. Jimme Durante Show excerpt

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 Cat’s 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.