1947 Woody Herman - Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo I Don't Want To Leave The Congo)





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Published on Mar 5, 2013

"Bongo-Bongo-Bongo I don't wanna leave the Congo"...you seemed to hear that novel phrase just about everywhere during the 1947 holiday season. Danny Kaye & the Andrews Sisters led the way among five different recorded versions that registered on Billboard's pop singles charts.

"Civilization" was written by Bob Hilliard and Carl Sigman for the Broadway musical revue "Angel In The Wings." The show ran 308 performances from Dec-11-47 to Sep-04-48 and earned Tony awards for Paul & Grace Hartman as Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical.

Note that the label scan above does not credit Woody Herman "and his Orchestra," as this is one of several 1947 Columbia tracks featuring Woody billed simply as a vocal artist, minus the Woody Herman band.

Danny Kaye-Andrews Sisters version https://youtu.be/9O4i8mKN9qI
Louis Prima version https://youtu.be/5bKGGBpWgBc
Jack Smith version https://youtu.be/aNpFhRkliVE
Ray McKinley version https://youtu.be/EfRLs40d0Mg

Transferred from the original 78rpm: Columbia 37885 - Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) (Hilliard-Sigman) by Woody Herman with orchestral accompaniment, recorded August 15, 1947

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