I’m gonna go out on a limb and just say it: Perez Prado was not only the king of the Mambo, but the godfather of Mexican Banda.
I cannot think of any musician that played or looked a style akin to the genre Banda before its rise. This influence makes sense on so many levels. After fleeing Cuba, Prado settled permanently in Mexico City, where he gained immense popularity. From film to tv, it seems that Perez Prado became part of the Mexican psyche. To this day countless Mexican bands have covered his songs and have emulated his showmanship. From his over-the-top kenitic sound, to the large matching ensemble. I’m sure there is not a single person from that era in Mexico who doesn’t know who Perez Prado was or what he represented. It only makes sense that the generation after his retirement/death would be strongly influenced by him.
I selected several versions of the standard Lupita, probably his most famous song in Mexico, and Latin America for that matter. The thing is Prado would constantly try to reinvent himself and it is reflected in all three versions below. Yeah, it may seem a bit redundant and can be said that it was probably motivated by monetary gain. The Mexican music industry was great at repackaging El Rey Del Mambo. But honestly all three version speak for themselves. They are all really good. Enjoy!