I’m sitting here tonight, feeling unwell and a little bit worse for wear, but this song is making it all better!!! How can you not fall for this little happy beast???
One of the pioneering artists to popularise Greek music in Israel was Aris San, a Greek-Israeli musician, singer and nightclub owner. He was also the first to use an electric guitar in a Greek music as an amplified imitation of the sound of the traditional bouzuki..
Though his later life was shrouded in mystery, he is probably most remembered for the captivating style he brought to the music of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Through his unique arrangements, (electric) guitar playing and striking vocal style he shaped and influenced many artists to come – his creative melding of different styles of music opened Israeli society to Greek and Mizrahi music (a genre in Israel that combines elements from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa).
When he was just 17, Aris San decided to leave Greece and headed to Israel. This adventure transported his music into another dimension and he became one of the first musicians to use an electric guitar in Greek music as an amplified imitation of the sound of the traditional bouzuki. His musical career spanned over thirty years and in the late 1960’s he cut lots of records for CBS, amongst other labels.
His repertoire is expansive, with some of his earliest recordings laid down in the late 1950’s. Today’s song, however, appeared later on in his career. Taken of his 1972 album, Dam-Dam, this happy bundle of psychedelic sunshine is entitled Mish Mash. The guitar work is electric (literally), the melody sinuous and enticing and his vocals are just the liveliest bag of dancing frogs you’ll ever find…especially when he lets out the keenest “Hubba Hubba” …ahh, man, it’s such a goooood song!!!..and if you like this and want to hear more, I’ve also featured another one of his songs here (forgive the near duplicated write-up’s though, I’m a little rough round the edges tonight).
If you are interested in reading more about this curious musician, I’ve also found an article worth a read, find that here!