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Mah Mah After ' After ' (also called: Mah-Na-Mah-Na or Mahna Mahna) is a song that was written in 1968 by Italian composer Piero Umiliani. It was, especially in the version of The Muppets, a world success.
The song has no intelligible text. The song is uploaded scat around the phrases Mahna Mahna and Do-do biedoedoe. Umiliani wrote it in 1968 as part of the soundtrack for an erotic documentary in which the sex life of the Swedish people was taken under the microscope: Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso ("Sweden, hell and paradise"). During the end credits was to hear the song. When it appeared as a single in the us, then it got the obvious title Mah-na-mah-na with it.
In 1968/1969 the song was a hit in many countries. In the Netherlands as Mah-Na-Mah-Na for example five weeks in the Dutch Top 40 in the implementation of the Australian producer David Mackay, dressed Mahna Mackay mentioned. It came on 18 October 1969 on the 32nd place, attained a 25th place and was four weeks later disappeared again from the Top 40.
Also appeared there: French singer Henri Salvador covers supplied the melody in 1969 of the text Mais non, mais non. In the United Kingdom was the original implementation of Mah-na-mah-na in 1976 a hit because it was heard regularly in the Benny Hill Show (in a medley along with the melodies Für Elise by Beethoven and Gimme Dat Ding of the duo The Pipkins).
Already in the sixties based the American puppeteer and spiritual father of the Muppets , Jim Henson, an act on Mah-na-mah-na. It sang two Muppets with striking muzzles along with a hairy Muppet their version of the song. Mahna Mahna and the Snowths they were called.
Mahna Mahna and the Snowths sang the song for the first time on 30 november 1969 during an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1970, the act stepped up again, this time in the children's program Sesame Street (but by other dolls) and when the Muppets got their own weekly television show from 1976 was Mah-na-mah-na in the first episode the opening track. The act of closing comments on that occasion was provided by Mr Statler and Waldorf.
- Statler: The question is what is a Mahna Mahna?
- Waldorf: The question is who cares?
In this version was Mah-na-mah-na again a hit in 1977. It was then with Umiliani little prosperous: a heavy stroke made sure he during the 1980s and most of the 1990s were unable to continue working. His comeback in the late 1990s was regarded as a miracle. He died in 2001.