Takeela: Jazz-Inspired Baby Name

kenny burrell, jazz,A couple of years before Tequila popped up on the charts, the like-sounding name Takeela debuted:

  • 1958: unlisted
  • 1957: unlisted
  • 1956: 5 baby girls named Takeela [debut]
  • 1955: unlisted
  • 1954: unlisted

Like Tequila, Takeela can be traced back to music.

Introducing Kenny Burrell, the debut album of jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, was released by Blue Note in September of 1956. One of the seven tracks on the album was a song called “Takeela,” which “starts with a fast Latin beat on congas, giving Burrell a nice opportunity for fast, fluid solos.” (The congas were played by Cuban-born percussionist Candido Camero, who included a version of “Takeela” on his own 1957 album The Volcanic.)

According to the text on the back of the Introducing Kenny Burrell record album, the song “allegedly was not named after a bottle or even a glass of tequila, but after a girl.”

Sources: Introducing Kenny Burrell – Blue Note 1525, Introducing Kenny Burrell – AllMusic


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