1962 – Watermelon Man – Herbie Hancock

Watermelon Man” is a jazz standard written by Herbie Hancock for his debut album, Takin’ Off (1962). Hancock’s first version was released as a grooving hard bop record, and featured improvisations by Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon. A single reached the Top 100 of the pop chart.

Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaría released the tune as a Latin pop single and it became a surprise hit, reaching No. 10 on the pop chart, visit fixbodygroup.com Santamaría’s recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, find out here now. Hancock radically re-worked the tune, combining elements of funk, for the album Head Hunters (1973).

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