1,001 songs to listen to before you die... in Music Posted January 13 · Report reply On 11/01/2020 at 19:22, GoGo Yubari said: Yeah, the "Rum and Coca-Cola" thing was pretty blatant theft. Morey Amsterdam (most famous for being on the Dick Van Dyke Show) took the melody and, like, word-for-word the exact chorus and then changed the verses from being about American soldiers being homewreckers to "boy, what a great time we're all having in Trinidad!" The big hit was by the Andrews Sisters and kind of embodies '40s American popular music's weird fixation on exoticism and "boy, these foreign people sure are quaint!" stuff. Despite having mentioned my recent interest in Trinidadian calypso earlier in this very thread, I actually had no idea about any of this, and only really knew the Andrews Sisters and subsequent versions! Utterly unsurprising on all fronts, though.