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Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra (1946)

Approved | | Short, Music | 12 October 1946 (USA)
After a career in his native Cuba as a singing orchestra leader, and a few film roles in the USA as both, this Melody Master short has him once again as a singing orchestra leader. This ... See full summary »

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After a career in his native Cuba as a singing orchestra leader, and a few film roles in the USA as both, this Melody Master short has him once again as a singing orchestra leader. This not-new orchestra-leader gig opens with "Pin Marin" and concludes with "Babalu", with Arnaz singing and playing the tom-toms. Band vocalist Amanda Lee slips in-between and sings "Easy Street." Written by Anonymous

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Featured in Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (1993) See more »

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Babalu (Babalú)
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Written by Margarita Lecuona
Performed by Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra
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Baba-Loo
11 January 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As anyone who lived through the Fifties and/or who watches the TVLand channel, Desi Arnaz's occupation as Ricky Ricardo was leading the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra at the Tropicana Nightclub. Occasionally we got to see Ricky actually performing, especially in the beginning. But after a while Desi was just a foil for his wife's comic routines. And then of course Lucy had a lot of 'splaining to do.

But this musical short from Warner Brothers shows Desi Arnaz as the musical performer he was singing and leading the orchestra he put together post World War II. He gets to do three musical numbers with his orchestra including Baba-Loo which was the song that Ricky Ricardo was famous for on I Love Lucy which we rarely ever heard, but which many jokes were made about.

Amanda Lane sings Easy Street which Lena Horne made famous and the dance team of Searles&Galian dance a nice samba number. Still this musical short gives us an opportunity to see the musical talents of Desi Arnaz.


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