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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
13-Oct-14 - 04:34 PM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Uska Dara (A Turkish Tale) is a 1953 song made famous by Eartha Kitt, also recorded by Eydie Gormé.

It is based on the Turkish folk song "Kâtibim" about a woman and her secretary traveling to Üsküdar. On early recordings, this adaptation is credited to Stella Lee.

Eartha Kitt recorded it with Henri René and his orchestra at Manhattan Center, New York City, on March 13, 1953. Kitt's recording sold 120,000 copies when it was first released by RCA Victor in 1953.

The 1978 disco song "Rasputin" by Boney M uses part of the melody of "Kâtibim", and mimics the line "Oh! those Turks" (as "Oh! those Russians") at the end of the song. (Source; Wikipedia)