Dick Dale & The Del Tones - Misirlou

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"Misirlou" is a traditional song from the Eastern Mediterranean region. The earliest known recording of the song is a 1927 Greek rebetiko / tsifteteli composition influenced by Middle-Eastern music. Some people believe that the earliest was a song by the legendary Egyptian composer Sayyed Darwish titled "Bint Misr" and sometimes written as "El-Masreya" (both of which mean "Egyptian girl" in Arabic). There are also traditional Arabic (belly dancing), Jewish (klezmer), Armenian, Persian and Turkish versions of the song. This song was very popular from the 1920s in the Greek and Armenian communities formed from former Ottoman citizens who had settled in the United States of America.

The song was a hit in 1946 for Jan August, an American pianist and xylophonist nicknamed "the one man piano duet."

It gained worldwide popularity through Dick Dale's 1962 American surf rock version, originally titled "Miserlou", which popularized the song in Western popular culture. Various versions have since been recorded, including other surf and rock versions by bands such as The Beach Boys, The Ventures, and Consider the Source as well as international orchestral easy listening (exotica) versions by musicians such as Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman.

Dale's surf rock version later gained renewed popularity through its use in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction and again through its sampling in The Black Eyed Peas song "Pump It" (2006) and Mad Men: "The Jet Set" (2008). A cover of Dale's surf rock version was included on the Guitar Hero II video game released in 2006.
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