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Xavier Cugat: 16 Most Requested Songs

Xavier Cugat

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Album Review

16 Most Requested Songs is a midline-priced collection that spotlights many of Xavier Cugat's best-known and most popular performances for Columbia Records, including "Chica Chica Boom Chic," "Brazil," "Amor," "Tico-Tico," "My Shawl," "You, So It's You," "Walter Winchell Rhumba," "Miami Beach Rhumba" and "South America, Take It Away." Although it's far from a perfect retrospective of his career, it's still a nice sampler of familiar items, and it may satisfy the needs of some casual fans who only want the hits.

Biography

Born: 01 January 1900 in Gerona, Spain

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Remembered for his highly commercial approach to pop music, Xavier Cugat (born Francisco de Asis Javier Cugat Mingall de Cru y Deulofeo) made an even greater mark as one of the pioneers of Latin American dance music. During his eight-decade-long career, Cugat helped to popularize the tango, the cha-cha, the mambo, and the rhumba. His hits included "El Manicero" in the 1930s, "Perfidia" in 1940, and the original recording of "Babalu" in 1944. Members of Cugat's band included Desi Arnaz, Miguelito...
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