Blame It on the Bossa Nova

Blame It On The Bossa Nova

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"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.

Background

"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...
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