Xavier Cugat

~ Person


Xavier Cugat (English:; Catalan: [ʃəβiˈe kuˈɣat]; 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.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1956 Merengue by Cugat 1
1958 Cugat Cavalcade 1
1958 The King Plays Some Aces 1
1959 Cugat in Spain 1
1960 The Latin Rhythms of Xavier Cugat 1
1972 The Brazilian Sound Of 1
1992 Me Gusta la Conga 1
1995 16 Most Requested Songs 1
1997 Cuban Mambo 1
2000 Bread, Love and Cha-Cha-Cha / Cugat Cavalgade 1
2005 Cugi's Cocktails 1
Rumba Rumbero 1
The Latin Soul of Xavier Cugat 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1990 My Shawl Compilation 1
1994 The Best of Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra Compilation 1
1999 Cocktail Hour Compilation 1
1999 Music to Watch Girls By Compilation 1
2000 The Greatest RCA Sides of Xavier Cugat Compilation 1
2000 Weekend in Havana Compilation 1
2002 The Original Latin Dance King Compilation 1
Besame mucho Compilation 1
Best of Xavier Cugat Compilation 1
Golden Classics Compilation 1
The Hit Sound of Xavier Cugat Compilation 1
Viva Cugat! (Compilation) Compilation 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
Xavier Cugat 1
Xavier Cugat with Dinah Shore 1

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