The band “Sham and the Pharaohs” was one of the most famous rock groups in the early 1960’s. Led by Domingo Samudio, the band adopted the name “sham” because the leader had no confidence in himself that he could sing and roll. However, the nickname rose above adversity, thus making the band extremely popular when Domingo released his first single about his pet cat. However, in 1965, the Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs released their popular song the “Wooly Bully” written by the band leader Domingo Samudio.
According to history, the song “Wooly Bully” was the band’s greatest hit of all time selling a record three million copies. As a result, it ranked second in America’s top 100 chart list on June 5-12 in 1965. Although the song “Wooly Bully” falls under the rock and roll genre, it was heavily influenced by a mix of American-Mexican rhythms, hence being able to top the American charts for an impressive 18 weeks. Consequently, the song nominated for a Grammy award as the number one records hit to sell a million copies.
Since the Pharaohs incorporated the Mexican rhythms in the song “Wooly Bully”, the composition was excellent as witnessed from the mainstream sound. Besides, the same technique was used by other earlier songs recorded in the 1950’s such as “Macarena” and “La Bamaba”. In spite of its fame, it is said that the lyrics of the song “Wooly Bully” were hard to understand and synthesize. As a result, some of the radio stations refused to feature the song. On a brighter side, the song was featured in the film ‘full metal jacket’ in 1987.
In conclusion, the song “Wooly Bully” attracted a lot of attention especially among the youth since it was a dance hall song. For instance, the fusion of the Spanish words “UNO Dos Tres Quarto”, which means, ‘watch it man’ in English was totally a classic work of art in making the rhythms easy to remember. Furthermore, the continuous repetition of the word ‘wooly bully’ in every line depicted classical pop, thus making it an instant hit.