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Rich and Famous
Once upon a time only the wealthy and famous could afford to fly in an airplane so the sophisticated minimum flew in style with men in dark suits, ties, bowler hats and the ladies wearing formal dresses, high-heels, fancy hats and gloves.
As people travelled more often, exchanging visits across countries became a norm and names of famous cities were promoted in songs and movies to exploit the situation. Many of these 1950s songs became hits on the US and UK pop charts and even in the Malayan Peninsula (which included Singapore then) and other parts of Asia.
Songs with Country Names
Songs with Foreign Phrases
Then tourists started learning simple foreign phrases and picked up cultural activities from their travels. Lifestyles were exchanged as many times as exotic music and dances. The lyric writers penned phrases like, Bon Soir Dame, Inamorata, Besame Mucho, That's Amore, C'est Si Bon, Jambalaya, Petite Fleur, Les Bicyclettes de Belsize.
Songs with Foreign Ladies
When the American male got tired of Miss USA he took home with him, Little Dutch Girl, Fraulein or a China Doll. Then there's Lady of Spain, Belle from Barcelona and sexy Anna. Sometimes he would take her Under the Bridges of Paris to "make her dreams come true".
When she wanted to come home with him he said, Quizás Quizás Quizás. Even the Japanese were not forgotten as the west went east learning terms like, Chotto Matte Kudasai, Sakura and Sukiyaki. When it was all over they bid their darlings, Sayonara.
Ricky Nelson summed it all up in 1961 with wild sincerity and, Travellin' Man became a cult hit because in every port he owned, "the heart of at least one lovely girl" and like Bobby Helms and Ferlin Husky, was so proud of his sweet, "Fraulein down from Berlin Town" and, "China Doll down in old Hong Kong".
Luckily it was the 60s, otherwise he could have contacted AIDS. VD wasn't so vicious. Not a coincidence that Travellin' Man and Tequila were written by the same man.
You Tube Song: Bon Soir Dame, Composed by Bud Dashiell.
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