The Gaylords Sing American Hits In Italian (1961)

I bought this record from a fantastic second hand record store in Ann Arbor Michigan, Wazoo records, sometime around in the 1990s. I was involved in the community radio station there, WCBN, and I hosted a free form show there on Wednesday mornings. I love novelty songs so was always on the lookout for funny, quirky things to play on my show. This record of a Italian/American group out of Detroit playing straight versions of 1950s songs but with Italian lyrics somehow strikes me as absolutely hilarious, especially when they throw in the odd English bits like “itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini”. It’s such a strange juxtaposition with the 1950s American songs that your brain expects to hear in English, plus its just super up-beat. Always makes me smile.