Xavier Cugat
Musician
Xavier Cugat
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.
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Art, commerce and cult hero Dex Romweber - Bradenton Herald
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“Romweber is still ruler of his own bossa nova rockabilly kingdom, skipping from surf-guitar rave-ups to spacey instrumentals to sepulchral balladry, with the occasional Xavier Cugat cover tossed in,” reads a glowing review by Spin magazine
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The song that ate the world: The global domination of “Hava Nagila.” - Jewish United Fund
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“World music” has always been a part of American music, from Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnaz mixing Cuban sounds with swing music to Harry Belafonte performing “Hava Nagila” at Carnegie Hall in 1959. Harry's other major hit, “The Banana Boat Song,” (aka
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Hollywood Bowl Museum spotlights Latino artists - Los Angeles Times
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The Bowl also featured famous popular and crossover performers, such as Carmen Miranda, Desi Arnaz and Xavier Cugat. A 1959 "Pops" show brought together Chilean bolero singer Lucho Gatica, Mexican ranchera queen Lola Beltrán, Ricardo Montalban and Nat
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Un puertorriqueño que echó raíces en Cuba - Radio Cadena Habana
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Su fama se inició cuando grabó como solista con la orquesta del conocido músico catalán Xavier Cugat. También compositor, Boby Capó se convirtió en ídolo de las multitudes románticas, lo que afianzó durante los años de la segunda Guerra Mundial
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Grandpa's iPod - Marinscope Community Newspapers
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In the 1930s and early 1940s, big-band broadcasts were popular, especially in the Chicago area where we lived: Orrin Tucker, Horace Heidt, Kay Kyser, Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo, Xavier Cugat and a bunch of other name bands were regular radio broadcast
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Virgil Stanfield: Theaters had grace, style in the old days - Mansfield News Journal
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Vaughn Monroe, Ted Lewis, Xavier Cugat and Frankie Carle were a few of the well-known bandsmen who brought their shows to town. The larger downtown theaters once were more than places to see vaudeville and movies. Commencement exercises and other
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Frank McDaniels, veteran newspaper worker, dies at 77 | Philadelphia Daily ... - Philadelphia Daily News
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He met the onetime wife of bandleader Xavier Cugat, and was photographed with her. Frank McDaniels, a retired production employee of the companies that owned the Daily News and Inquirer over the years, an Army veteran, and a devoted father who rarely
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'Dick Van Dyke' Show Recipient Of 2011 TCA Award - LA Canyon News
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In 1946, when Las Vegas opened its first big-time casino hotel, The Flamingo, Rose Marie was hired by Benjamin “Bugsy” Segal as one of the headliners, along with Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat. She had a brief Broadway career in “Top Banana” with Phil
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Resurrecting the past - The Express Tribune
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After the port, coffee and cigars, while the cranked up gramophone exuded the strains of a Xavier Cugat tango, Sir Colin spotted in my father's book case a copy of his memoirs Friend of Friend. With characteristic modesty and humility he whipped out
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´Quien ha hecho la canción también tiene derecho a una remuneración´ - Diario de Mallorca
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De hecho estoy trabajando mezclando gaita con música latina de los años 50, como Xavier Cugat o Carlos Gardel. Me encanta tocar tangos de Gardel con la gaita. —Asmático y se fabrica sus propios instrumentos. ¿Quién puede hacerle sombra?
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C'era una volta... la censura Rai - La Stampa
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L'americana Abbe Lane, moglie del cubano Xavier Cugat, che dirigeva l'orchestra con il cagnolino in braccio, fu costretta a cucirsi una rosa sul generoso petto, tanto per coprirlo un po': ea ballare praticamente da ferma. D'altronde, e «Da da da» si è
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Elizabeth Taylor Films at Bloomfield Library - Patch.com
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... who chases after her last-minute escort to the school dance (Robert Stack). The young Elizabeth Taylor plays Judy's best friend, Carol, the town's poor little rich girl. Enjoy the wonderful musical numbers by Powell, Carmen Miranda and Xavier Cugat
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Don't pass up 2nd chance to crack open a good book - Chicago Tribune
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Or a murder story with great dialogue set outside Detroit, the hillbilly killer at the racetrack, picking out that African-American judge with the Xavier Cugat moustache. The novel I'm just beginning is "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Baile de verano - ADN.es
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Bajo el título La perfidia de tu amor (una de las mejores canciones de la historia, que se lo digan al abuelo de los calcetines rojos: Xavier Cugat), un par de romanticones han montado un copete de los de antes, de esos en los que se requería carné de
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Barcelona recupera la tradición de las salas de baile y sus orquestas - La Vanguardia
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Xavier Cugat, Olga Guillot, la Orquesta Plateria, Ray Conniff, Nat King Cole o Los Panchos, entre otros muchos, estarán presentes en el escenario bajo la batuta del maestro Daniel Granados (Tarántula, Orbison Brothers), que dirigirá una big band creada
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Los 'gafapasta' también bailan 'agarraos' - Lainformacion.com
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De allí la decisión de llamar esta velada La perfidia de tu amor, según Lucía Lijtmaer un clásico del amor y del amor arrebatado y una manera de homenajear a Xavier Cugat, “uno de los mejores arreglistas de esta canción”, y con él la tradición
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Saving lounge music one song at a time - Coast Weekend
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That style was fading, but Latin bands like Xavier Cugat's popularized samba, mambo and cha-cha. This wasn't mood music; it was music to dance to. The final lounge music influence was the Las Vegas scene, with Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and torch
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Xavier Cugat
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 90
    Died on October 27, 1990.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1942
    Age 42
    His first notable appearance occurred in 1942, in the Columbia production You Were Never Lovelier with Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, and Adolphe Menjou.
    More Details Hide Details Most of his subsequent movies were made at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, including Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), Holiday in Mexico (1948), A Date with Judy (1948), Luxury Liner (1948), and the Esther Williams musicals Bathing Beauty (1944), This Time for Keeps (1947), On an Island with You (1948), and Neptune's Daughter (1949).
  • 1940
    Age 40
    In 1940, his recording of "Perfidia" became a big hit.
    More Details Hide Details Cugat followed trends closely, making records for the conga, the mambo, the cha-cha-cha, and the twist when each was in fashion. Several of the songs he recorded, including "Perfidia", were used in the Wong Kar-wai films Days of Being Wild and 2046. In 1943, "Brazil" was a big hit, reaching No. 17 in the Billboard Top 100. Xavier Cugat spent his last years in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, living in a suite at Hotel Ritz. Cugat died of heart failure at age 90 in Barcelona and was buried in his native Girona. He was posthumously inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 39
    Dinah Shore made her first recordings as a vocalist with Cugat in 1939 and 1940 (RCA Victor).
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  • 1931
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For 16 years, Cugat helmed the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel's orchestra, shuttling between New York and Los Angeles for most of the next 30 years. One of his trademark gestures was to hold a chihuahua while he waved his baton with the other arm. Cugat recorded on Columbia Records (1940s and 1950s, also Columbia's Epic label), RCA Victor (1930s and 1950s), Mercury Records (1951–1952, and the 1960s) and Decca Records (1960s).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1915
    Age 15
    On 6 July 1915, he and his family arrived in New York City as immigrant passengers on board the S.S. Havana.
    More Details Hide Details Cugat appeared in recitals with Enrico Caruso, playing violin solos. Cugat was married five times. His first marriage was to Rita Montaner (1918–1920); his second was to Carmen Castillo (1929 - 1944); his third to Lorraine Allen (1947–52); his fourth to singer Abbe Lane (1952–64); and his fifth to Spanish guitarist and comic actress Charo Baeza (1966–78). Entering the world of show business, he played with a band called The Gigolos during the tango craze. Later, he went to work for the Los Angeles Times as a cartoonist. Cugat's caricatures were later nationally syndicated. His older brother, Francis, was an artist of some note, having painted the famous cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. In the late 1920s, as sound began to be used in films, Cugat put together another tango band that had some success in early short musical films. And by the early 1930s, he began appearing with his group in feature films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1900
    Age 0
    Born on January 1, 1900.
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