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This volume of RCA's Cuban Originals series spotlights Desi Arnaz, and includes original recordings of classic songs like "Tico Tico," "Cuban Pete," "Babalu," "You Can in Yucatan," "A Rainy Night in Rio," and "Holiday in Havana," all of which capitalize on Arnaz's charm as a vocalist, and an accessible mix of pop, swing, and Latin/Cuban music.


Born: 02 March 1917 in Santiago, Cuba

Genre: Latino

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

To most of the public, Desi Arnaz is known as the lovable, temperamental Ricky Ricardo, husband of Lucille Ball in the 1950s (in real life and on screen) on one of the most successful television series of all time, I Love Lucy. Within the industry, he's known as one of the forces behind Desilu Productions. Yet before he became an international star, he was known primarily as a musician, not an actor or executive. It was Arnaz who may have done more to popularize the conga in the United States than...
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