El Manisero , The Peanut Vendor, is based on a street "pregon" or shout. The song has been recorded at least 150 times by musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Red Nichols and the California Ramblers to name but a few, and has sold over a million copies of sheet music for the EB Marks Co. The song was first recorded by Rita Montaner for Columbia in 1928.
The music was composed by Moises Simons, the Cuban son of a Basque musician. The royalties from this one song made Simons a wealthy man. Peanut Vendor was a million seller for Victor, was the number 1 song of 1931, and was the first million selling Cuban 78 record.
In Cuba, each merry maid, wakes up to this serenade
Peanuts-they're nice and hot, peanuts-I sell a lot
If you haven't got bananas, don't be blue
Peanuts in a little bag are calling you
If you're looking for an early morning treat
Get some double jointed peanuts-good to eat
A merry twinkle in his eye
He's got a way that makes you buy
English words by Marion Sunshine and Wolfe Gilbert - Spanish words by Moises Simons