Ralph Marterie


(Born: 24 December 1914 - Death: 10 October 1978) was a big-band leader born in Acerra, Italy.
In the 1940s, he played trumpet for various bands. His highest success in the U.S. charts was a cover of "Skokiaan" in 1954. In 1953 he recorded a version of Bill Haley's "Crazy, Man, Crazy", which is generally regarded as the first rock and roll song. His version of "Crazy, Man, Crazy" reached #13 on the Billboard jockey chart and #11 on Cashbox in June, 1953. His recordings of "Pretend" and "Caravan" also made the Top 10. "Caravan" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Best of Mercury YearsBig Band: Si Zetner/Ralph MarterieCaravan