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Xavier Cugat Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Girona, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Died in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain  (heart failure)
Birth NameFrancisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu
Nicknames The Rumba King
Cugie

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Spain, Xavier Cugat's family moved to Havana, Cuba, when he was three. Always musically inclined, he packed up and moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times newspaper during the day and labored to put together a band at night. After a few years of playing smaller clubs in the L.A. area, Cugat finally got his break when he and his band secured a job at the prestigious Coconut Grove nightclub in 1928. His style of music caught on, and Cugat was instrumental in bringing Latin music to the attention of the US public. In the '30s and '40s he was nicknamed "The Rumba King" because of his popularization of that Latin dance. In Cugat's film appearances he usually played himself, even if the character had a name other than Xavier Cugat, and he and his band appeared in several memorable MGM musicals in the '40s. After suffering a stroke in 1971, Xavier Cugat retired.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (4)

Charo (7 August 1966 - 17 April 1978) (divorced)
Abbe Lane (5 May 1952 - 3 June 1964) (divorced)
Lorraine Allen (15 October 1947 - 28 April 1952) (divorced)
Carmen Castillo (17 October 1929 - 10 October 1947) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

He was well known for holding a puppy chihuahua in his arms as he led his orchestra.
Moustache

Trivia (5)

Spanish-born bandleader who popularized the rumba in America.
As a teenage violin prodigy, under the name Francis Cugat, he toured in concert with Enrico Caruso.
Cugat's father, a political prisoner, was pardoned just after Cugat's birth, and Cugat and his brothers were all exempted from military service.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 218-219. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 1500 Vine Street and for Recording at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

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