Xavier Cugat

Born Jan 1, 1900

Xavier Cugat was a Spanish-American bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a personality in the spread of Latin music in United States popular music. He was also a cartoonist. In New York, his was the leader of the resident orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria before and after World War II. The personal papers of Xavier Cugat are preserved in the Biblioteca de Catalunya.… Read More

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1900 Birth Born on January 1, 1900.


1915 15 Years Old On 6 July 1915, he and his family arrived in New York City as immigrant passengers on board the S.S. Havana. … Read More


1931 31 Years Old In 1931, Cugat had taken his band to New York for the 1931 opening of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and he eventually replaced Jack Denny as the leader of the hotel's resident band. … Read More
1939 39 Years Old Dinah Shore made her first recordings as a vocalist with Cugat in 1939 and 1940 (RCA Victor).


1940 40 Years Old In 1940, his recording of "Perfidia" became a big hit. … Read More
1942 42 Years Old His first notable appearance occurred in 1942, in the Columbia production You Were Never Lovelier with Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, and Adolphe Menjou. … Read More


1990 91 Years Old Died on October 27, 1990.
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