Orquesta Aragón was formed on 30 September 1939, by Orestes Aragón Cantero in Cienfuegos, Cuba. The band originally had the name Ritmica 39, then Ritmica Aragón before settling on its final form. Though they did not create the Cha-cha-cha, they were arguably the best charanga in Cuba during the 1950s and 1960s. Their trade-marks included high-class instrumentalists playing in tight ensemble style, and rhythmical innovations which kept their sound up to date. Over the years they progressed from their start as a danzoneria to play a wider variety of styles, danzón, then cha-cha-cha, then onda-cha, pachanga and son fusions. They still perform today, based in Havana.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1956 That Cuban Cha-Cha-Cha 3
1970 Cuba En Vivo 1
1993 Cójale el Gusto a Cuba 1
1997 Cha Cha Charanga! 1
1998 Baila Carola 1
1999 La Charanga Eterna 2
2003 Heart of Havana, Volume 2 1
2003 Maracas, bongó y conga 3 1
2005 The History Continues... 1
Danzones de Ayer y de Hoy 1
Heart of Havana, Volume 1 1
Los Aragones De La Onda De La Alegría Vol.2 1
Quien Sabe Sabe 1
Ultimos Exitos de Aragon 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Mambó Inspiración - Primeras Grabaciones 1953-1955 1
2009 The 70th anniversary album 1
Latin Gold Collection 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Live at Birdland - May 17, 2003 1

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