Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Los Caballeros
June 23, 2008, 12:35 pm
Filed under: Malaysia

Cha Cha Dracula

Los Caballeros were from Malaysia.

Malaysia is a federation of 13 states in Southeast Asia. The name “Malaysia” was adopted in 1963 when the Federation of Malaya (Malay: Persekutuan Tanah Melayu) Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak formed a 14-state federation. Singapore withdrew from Malaysia in 1965 to become an independent country.

The country consists of two geographical regions divided by the South China Sea:

Although politically dominated by the Malays, modern Malaysian society is heterogeneous, with substantial Chinese and Indian minorities. Malaysian politics have been noted for their allegedly communal nature; the three major component parties of the Barisan Nasional each restrict membership to those of one ethnic group. The only major violence the country has seen since independence was the May 13 racial riots in the wake of an election campaign based on racial issues. Nonetheless, Malaysia is considered to be a model of racial harmony

A small number of Eurasians, of mixed Portuguese and Malay descent, speak a Portuguese-based creole, called Papiá Kristang. There are also Eurasians of mixed Malay and Spanish descent, mostly in Sabah. Descended from immigrants from the Philippines, some speak Chavacano, the only Spanish-based creole language in Asia. This may explain the name of the band, and the fact that they use the word “señor”.

As far as I know, Los Caballeros only released one other single. And with the esception of this song, all of the other songs on this record are covers of Western songs performed in English.

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number FL 121 on Tung Po Records. No other information available.


Since this posting, I have been contacted by Massimiliano Tittarelli. Here’s what he had to say:

Dracula It’s a cover in broken Italian of Renato Rascel – Dracula cha-cha. Closing theme of the movie Tempi Duri Per I Vampiri (aka Uncle was a Vampire, 1959) starring Christopher Lee in person. I’m just wondering how this song landed in Malaysia… here’s the movie dubbed in English or here the final in the original Italian version on youtube you can find also a version by the famous Italian crooner Bruno Martino.



I am pretty sure Los Caballeros were a Philippines group. Lots of groups from there played a circuit that included Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Many of them cut records in those countries as well. Other examples are the Hi-Fi Twins, D’Starlights and The Reynettes.

Comment by Steve

I don’t know about “cha cha dracula” track. I’ve seen dozens of versions here..

Comment by waaterproof

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