Calypso singer Sir Lancelot, role model of Harry Belafonte, wrote the reggae/ ska classic Shame and Scandal in the Family for Jacques Tourneur’s horror b-movie I Walked with a Zombie in 1943 – see here. Later the song was covered by Lance Percival, Peter Tosh, Kingston Trio, Trini Lopez, The Stylistics, The Blues Busters, or British ska popsters Madness, among others. Sacha Distel and Les Surfs recorded French lingo adaptations, as well as Les Gammas whose 1965 version sounds like a tourist warning not to mess around with firewater in the Carribean, including a delirious Hammond organ and a considerably cheezoid trumpet.

Merci à Monsieur Roy B.

Les Gammas – Scandale dans le famille

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  1. guuzbourg

    Ah, to have a French version of Roky Eriksons I walked with a zombie….