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    The PeelsJuanita Banana / Fun

    Label:Karate Records – 45-522
    Format:
    Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
    Country:US
    Released:
    Genre:Rock, Pop
    Style:Pop Rock, Novelty

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    AJuanita Banana
    Written-ByM. Kenton*, T. Howard*
    2:28
    BFun
    Written-ByD. Smith*, T. Howard*
    2:40
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    • Rights Society: BMI
    • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): 45-522A
    • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): 45-522B
    • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched (Variant 1)): 45-522 A AF 1 [initials too small]
    • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched, [anvil] stamped (Variant 1)): 45-522B [anvil] AF [initials too small]
    • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching (Variant 2)): [s-shaped block stamp] 45-522A AF [initials]
    • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching (Variant 2)): [s-shaped block stamp] 45-522B [plug symbol] AF [initials]

    Other Versions (5 of 32)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Juanita Banana / Fun (7", 45 RPM, Single)Karate Records, Karate Records522, 45-522Europe1966
    Juanita Banana (7", 45 RPM, Single)Barclay23012Austria1966
    Juanita Banana (7", 45 RPM, Single)Karate Records, CNRA 9038Netherlands1966
    Juanita Banana (7", 45 RPM, Single, White labels)Karate Records, Vergara45.133Spain1966
    Juanita Banana (7", 45 RPM, Single, Mono)Karate Records18 798 ATGermany1966

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    cruiseguy7
    The song, "Juanita Banana" was inspired by Gary Knight & Herb Bernstein in 1963.
    Tash Howard created the story, hired a group of studio singers and musicians, hired
    Charles Fox to create a music arrangement and followed up the recording by attending
    the annual "Midem" Festival in France. Mr. Howard sold the sub-publishing rights to
    a large number of publishers throughout the world. Murray Kenton re-wrote the music
    which was adapted from the main aria of the opera, "Rigoletto" which was written by Guiseppe
    Verdi in the mid 1600's. Juanita Banana is a phenomenon which took much of the Spanish
    speaking world by storm! Consumers who loved opera enjoyed the story of Juanita who
    came from a "banana farm" to become a successful opera singer. When her father realized
    that his daughter had become a star in the city, "He burned down his (banana) trees, went to
    the city and bought himself a guitar" and sang along side his daughter. A story which charmed
    those listeners throughout the world! Hail to Juanita! Incidentally, the Chiquita Banana Company
    was offered an opportunity to participate as the original name was Chiquita, but the banana company turned down this opportunity to treat the world to a new logo song! Sorry Chiquita!
    It is Juanita who is now the most famous musical banana character in the world. Chiquita is
    a distant SECOND!