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November 15, 2005


kevin Clark

Try Youtube-type in Bobby McFerran or Urzlua Dudziak--a fantastic vocal duo version!

Toby Hanson

What? No versions by Myron Floren or Dick Contino? Tico-Tico is an accordion standard; one of the warhorses.


How on earth could you forget the Three Suns?

Peter Le Faucheur

Jazz guitarist Grant Green does one of the finest arrangements of "Tico-Tico" on the Blue Note CD "The Latin Bit". The session is from 1962(April/September) and features Grant playing at his peak level backed by Ike Quebec (tenor sax) Carlos"Potato" Valdez (congas)Willie Bobo (drums) Johnny Acea(piano) Wendell Marshall(bass)Carvin Masseaux (chekere).
Also to be found on this CD are superb versions of "Besame Mucho", "The Mambo Inn" (which is covered alot by George Benson today).."Brazil" & "Grenada".

eric baxter

It's like looking into the mind of god.

eric baxter

P.S. I think the opening soliloquy from Richard III would fit Tico Tico"

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;

And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths;
Our bruised arms hung up for monuments;

Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings,
Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.


Bob Brunius

I have a copy of Jimmy Bryant's version of Tico Tico. I can email it to you if you would like to hear it.

Doug Yoel

We were going to put Charlie Parker's version of "Tico Tico" on the new Roy Haynes boxed set. If I knew that cut had such a cult following, it may have made the cut!

I thought to research this song a little more today when I saw a version online by the Grateful Dead from 1974! Check it out here at:

vic holtzinger

I figured out how to dwnld,right click,save target as;I listened to Ethel Smiths version,I am almost certain this is the version I heard my Mom and Dad dancing to in 1948 when I was 5,I have dwnlded other versions including Xavier Cougats',if anyone knows what version was most likely playing on the radio in 1948,I would appreciate a shout.

Love the "Taco Tico" and "Stairway To Heaven" collections. Please do it with "Popcorn" - there are lots of covers out there.

Stephen Schmidt

Check out this video from a very young keyboardist with a synthesizer:


The Klaus Wunderlich version is my favorite -


I can't wait for the Internationale!

David Foot

There was another version recorded for the "London Horn Sound" CD - an arrangement for 8 or so French Horns, well worth a listen.


Fabulous blog! I love the 101 strings version. It is energetic, yet faithful...

rajeev krishnamoorthy

The Isabelle Boulay version is IMHO the best vocal version. She copies the ~1940's Alys Robi interpretation, but does it one better. Both are terrific.



It's incredible!

Lefty Kongalides

One more addition to your list.A 1943 Greek version by male singer Photis Polymeris.

tico tico fan

Amazing site! I didn't know, there was SO many versions of this great song ;)
Thanks for this!


Hi and best regards from Germany - love your site coz I am also collecting versions of "Tico Tico" for many years :-9

Here is one you may not know jet:
4hand played on one guitarre :-) Amazing!



terry o'stipe

oh crazy. my favorite song is Tico Tico by Skeewiff. It is AMAZING. Didnt even know it was a 'thing' til I found this site. Check it out !


The David Grisman Quintet also recorded a very nice version with mandolin and flute. "Dawganova" is the title of the CD.
Thanks for a great website!


Hot Jazz Groupe has a great dixielandish-but-not-really version of Tico Tico, you can hear it on the Dixieland Gumbo internet radio station now and then.

Lefty Kongalides

An unknown version of "tico tico" was sent to me by a friend.It's by Argentina's Libertad Lamarque and probably recorded in Mexico where she spent most of her life and career.


A version by Canadian pianist, Michael Kaeshammer, on his 1996 debut album Blue Keys

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