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Posted: 10/11/05 07:43 PM
Author: melody
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Mama Blue....early 70's
I think that is the name of the song...I have no clue to who sings it....thank god you can't hear me sing it...but all I remember is the chorus..."oh mama, oh mama mama blue, oh mama blue" It might even be Moma Blue... anyone able to help me? I appreciate it tons!!! Thanks...Melody


Posted: 10/11/05 09:02 PM
Author: rodni
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Mama Blue....early 70's
Roger Whittaker, "Mammy Blue."
Posted: 10/11/05 09:10 PM
Author: melody
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Mama Blue....early 70's
Thank you so much...I got the spelling correct on the Mammy and pulled up the lyrics and that is the one! Thanks again. Melody
Posted: 10/11/05 09:52 PM
Author: rodni
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Mama Blue....early 70's
You're welcome. I like the record also!
Posted: 10/11/05 11:14 PM
Author: pete
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Mama Blue....early 70's
Indeed Roger had a hit with it in some countries, but the original version was 'Mammy Blue' by Joel Dayde in 1971.
Posted: 10/12/05 07:48 AM
Author: rodni
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Mama Blue....early 70's
Was that one a hit?
Posted: 10/12/05 03:26 PM
Author: TraderJack
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Mammy Blue--> Pop-Tops, then Stories .....................
I recall hearing an eerie version of a song called "Mammy Blue", with repetitive lyrics, sung by The Pop-Tops. Then awhile later there was another version by Stories [the Brother Louie group].

Neither version were hits, though they did get a couple of months of airplay in the early 70's, as I remember it.

Anyone else remember these versions?


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Posted: 10/18/05 10:13 AM
Author: Roger
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Mammy Blue--> Pop-Tops, then Stories .....................
The Los Pop Tops version was the first, having charted in late 1971 (peaked at #57) and I loved the song! Ian Lloyd and the Stories' version charted in late 1973 (peaked at #50). The title of the song was "Mammy Blue". Whatever happened to Phil Trim, lead singer of Los Pop Tops anyway? I heard he ended up in Spain somewhere? Anybody know?

Not sure of the Joel Dayde version, it doesn't show up in the Billboard charts, so maybe his was actually the first, as posted above? I don't know.
Posted: 10/18/05 08:21 PM
Author: pete
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Mammy Blue--> Pop-Tops, then Stories .....................
Hmm. The more I look at this one, the cloudier it gets. There's a lot about the song on the web, but unfortunately most of it not in English! Anyway, seems 'Mamy Blue' was written by Frenchman Hubert Giraud. He got the idea for it in a traffic jam apparently! After that, the sequence of events is unclear. At some point Giraud sent it to an Italian producer and it was recorded by 16-year old Ivana Spagna. Joel Dayde picked it up and had a hit with it in France and so too did Nicoletta. Meantime Los Pop Tops' Phil Trim got hold of it and wrote English lyrics for it, and had a minor hit in US and UK. Joel Dayde's English version went to #3 in Australia, and Roger Whittaker had a UK hit with it too. It's hard to establish who first had a hit with it, because most of these versions charted around the same time (late '71). I guess one thing is certain - the first person to actually sing it was Hubert Giraud in that fateful traffic jam! If anyone knows any more, please come forward.
Posted: 10/20/05 09:01 PM
Author: Roger
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Mammy Blue--> Pop-Tops, then Stories .....................
Good info, Pete! The Billboard chart books I have all list the song as "Mammy Blue", but the 45 by Los Pop Tops lists it as "Mamy Blue" (one 'm') which I also thought interesting. Could be because of the language change that Phil Trim instituted when he translated it. I think Phil Trim is from the West Indies. I thought he had a tremendous singing voice. Kind of raspy, like Ian Lloyd of the Stories, but with a more mellow tone to it.

Thanks for the info Pete!
Posted: 10/21/05 02:37 AM
Author: pete
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Mammy Blue--> Pop-Tops, then Stories .....................
Thanks Roger - the Joel Dayde version is well worth checking out. Dayde has a raspy voice too. Almost Joe Cocker-ish at times, but suits the song well.

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