Rock The Casbah
The five members of Ganimian And His Orientals were all Armenian-Americans, led by Charles "Chick" Ganimian, who would later become perhaps the most successful American-born oud player. The band's repertoire included Turkish, Armenian, Arabic and some Greek dances and songs... and just like the Beatles, the ability to read music was superseded by playing by ear! Anyway,.it’s an amazing LP with superb Middle-Eastern belly-dance vibe, not dry or academic but as real as a hazy party night of spicy food and liquor at the local kebab parlour ! The guy also had some 45s under various names (Ganim’s Asia Minors, included on the same 1958 LP), and probably more album releases. One track pops up on the great John Berberian LP on Verve 10 years later, and « Come with me to the casbah » has been covered by a lot a surf instrumentals bands.
Ganimian & His Orientals - Come With Me To The Casbah
Ganim's Asia Minors - Daddy Lolo
And as a bonus, I have to add this amazing song by Mohammed Rafi (India) to stay in the mood !
Mohammed Rafi - Jaan Pechechaan Ho