"Blame it on the Bossa Nova
" is a March 1963 hit pop song. The music is written by Eydie Gormé
and the lyrics by Cynthia Weil
and Barry Mann
and reached No. 7 on the United States charts in March 1963. "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" featured backing vocals by The Cookies
The track was produced by Al Kasha
who had been responsible for the No. 1 hit "Go Away Little Girl
" by Gormé's husband Steve Lawrence
"Blame It on the Bossa Nova" describes the bossa nova
which is a Brazilian music
style which, with its associated dancing forms, became popular in the late 1950s. "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" merges the sensibilities of the Brill Building Sound
with the Latin music
which Gormé had previously specialized in, as the song describes a romantic relationship inaugurated by a couple dancing to the bossa nova - "the dance of love."
"Blame It on the Bossa Nova" was an international hit for Gormé, reaching No. 1 in Australia, South Africa and Sweden and No. 2 in Norway. In the UK the single reached No. 32. Rendered in Spanish by Gormé as "Cúlpale a la bossa nova",Billboard
vol 76 No. 49 (5 December 1964) p.18.
Gormé consequently recorded... Read More