lloydscott:

Happy Birthday Mongo

Afro-Cuban conguero/composer whose name was the inspiration for the dim-witted “Mongo” in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974). Whenever Alex Karras’ Mongo entered a scene, a spanish peasant cried “Mongo! Santa Maria!” That Mongo was “only a pawn in the game of life,” but the real one wrote “Afro Blue” (1959).

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