When you hear the phrase, “Mah Nà Mah Nà”, do you think about the Muppets? That’s what I thought when this song by Piero Umiliani came up on my Spotify Discover Weekly. I thought this was another cover of the Muppets goofy song.
But that album cover for Piero Umiliani’s “Mah Nà Mah Nà”—it does look like something from the 60s. Is it possible this song came out before the Muppets version of “Mah Nà Mah Nà” in the 70s?
“Mah Nà Mah Nà” by Piero Umiliani was first a minor radio hit in the U.S. and Britain!
According to Wikipedia, “Sesame Street producer Joan Ganz Cooney heard the track on the radio and decided it would be a perfect addition to the show.” There is no citation on this claim, so who knows if it’s true. But it does appear that Piero Umiliani’s song came out before the Muppets version!