Although Mongo Santamaria was an insanely talented musician and bandleader, his exposure to the general public was limited. He had a Top Ten hit, "Watermelon Man," which reached exactly #10 on the pop charts in 1962. Mel Brooks' namecheck in 1974 would be like if Judd Apatow made a movie today and threw in a gag about Eiffel 65. By 1987, jazz experts figured that Santamaria was more well-known because of the Brooks shout-out than for his own music. It's probably not the legacy he wanted, or deserved, but hey, it could have been worse. Could've been Eiffel 65.
Wes Corwin is a stand-up comedian currently based in Dallas. You can like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or if you live in Dallas and enjoy comedy and alcohol, check out his weekly show at Noble Rey Brewery on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Rani Baker made the video game DEATH SWORD, which just won "Most Innovative" at the Intel Buzz Indie Gamedev Showcase. You can support the project here.
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