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Xavier Cugat 1 January 1900 – 27 October 1990) was a Catalan-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, he 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.
Cugat was born as Francisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu (Catalan: Francesc d'Assís Xavier Cugat i Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu) in Girona, Spain. His family emigrated to Cuba when Xavier was five. He was trained as a classical violinist and played with the Orchestra of the Teatro Nacional in Havana. On 6 July 1915, Cugat and his family arrived in New York as immigrant passengers on board the S.S. Havana. 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 (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.
Cugat recorded on Columbia Records (1940s and 1950s, also Columbia's Epic label), RCA Victor (1930s and 1950s), Mercury Records (1951–1952 and 1960s) and Decca Records (1960s). Dinah Shore made her first recordings as a vocalist with Cugat in 1939 and 1940 (Victor Records). In 1940, his recording of "Perfidia" became a big hit. 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.
Andrews Sisters 451205 Guest Xavier Cugat
Bill Stern Sports Newsreel 46-04-12 Guest Xavier Cugat
Bing Crosby Show 45-XX-XX Xavier Cugat aho with Bing Crosby - Baía
Command Performance - 43-08-14 Rosalind Russell, Judy Canova, Xavier Cugat
Guest Star 58-03-09 First Song - Penthouse Serenade
Hildegarde's Radio Room 45-05-15 Guest - Patsy Kelly, Xavier Cugat, Clifton Webb
Joan Davis Show 48-03-27 Joan Sells Advertising
One Night Stand 45-02-19 - First Tune - Amor, Amor, Amor
Radio Readers Digest 461024 Mr Cugat Takes Sick
Rudy Vallee - Rudy Vallee Show 451115 - Carole Has A Crush On Cugat
Rudy Vallee - Rudy Vallee Show 451122 - Keenan Wants To Steal Cugat For H
Rudy Vallee - Rudy Vallee Show 451206 - Romanoff Wants Cugat For A Masque
Rudy Vallee - Rudy Vallee Show 451213 - Cugat Has Disappeared
Rudy Vallee - Rudy Vallee Show 451220 - Ken Wants Cugat For His Show
Rudy Vallee - Rudy Vallee Show 451227 - Cugat Is Leaving Villa Vallee
Spotlight Bands 430724 - Xavier Cugat
Treasury Star Parade 080-WithXavierCugat
Treasury Star Parade 082
Treasury Star Parade 084
Victory Parade 43-07-24 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Bim Bam Boom
Victory Parade 46-04-03 Xavier Cugat, First Song - La Ola Marina
Victory Parade 46-05-22 Xavier Cugat, First Song - The Continental
Victory Parade 46-05-29 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Miami Beach Rhumba
Victory Parade 46-07-17 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Linda Mujer
Victory Parade 46-08-21 Xavier Cugat, First Song - The Continental
Victory Parade 46-10-09 Xavier Cugat, First Song -Rhumba Rhumba
Victory Parade 46-xx-xx Xavier Cugat, First Song - Chiu Chiu
Victory Parade 46-xx-xx Xavier Cugat, First Song - Coax Me A Little Bit
Victory Parade 46-xx-xx Xavier Cugat, First Song - Jealousy
Victory Parade 47-05-21 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Miami Beach Rhumba
Victory Parade 47-05-28 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Hokey Joe
Victory Parade 47-06-04 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Miami Beach Rhumba
Victory Parade 47-08-03 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Tico Tico
Victory Parade 47-08-10 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Jack, Jack, Jack
Victory Parade 47-08-17 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Unknown Title
Victory Parade 47-11-02 Xavier Cugat, First Song - Latin American Serenade
Victory Parade 47-xx-xx Xavier Cugat, First Song - Besame Mucho
Xavier Cugat - Aho with Bing Crosby - Baía (1948)
Xavier Cugat - First Song - Cone Moroccos
Xavier Cugat - First Song - Mexican Hat Dance (AFRS)
Xavier Cugat 450126 - Tico Tico
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