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Xavier Cugat

Xavier Cugat (Catalan: [ʃəβiˈe kuˈɣat]; 1 January 1900 – 27 October 1990) was a Spanish-Cuban and American musician and bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a leading figure in the spread of Latin music. In New York City he was the leader of the resident orchestra at the Waldorf–Astoria before and after World War II. He was also a cartoonist and a restaurateur. The personal papers of Xavier Cugat are preserved in the Biblioteca de Catalunya.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1900 (Girona), Died October 27th, 1990 (Barcelona)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, violin, composer, songwriter, lyricist, arranger

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 157 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-94187 10-in. 9/5/1935 Begin the beguine Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-94188 10-in. 9/5/1935 Chino soy Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal chorus, and talk composer, director  
Victor PBS-97665 10-in. 8/7/1936 Inspiration Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal ensemble director  
Victor PBS-97666 10-in. 8/7/1936 Medias de seda Carmen Castillo ; Charito ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet director  
Victor PBS-97667 10-in. 8/7/1936 Las palmeras Pedro Berríos ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, female vocal ensemble, and male vocal director  
Victor PBS-97668 10-in. 8/7/1936 Mi sombrero Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble composer, director  
Victor PBS-97669 10-in. 8/7/1936 La bomba Dorothy Miller ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor PBS-97670 10-in. 8/7/1936 Como arrullo de palmas Carmen Castillo ; Charito ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet director  
Victor BS-98419 10-in. 12/13/1935 Cosi cosa Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98420 10-in. 12/13/1935 A street in old Seville Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98421 10-in. 12/13/1935 Little rose of the rancho Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98422 10-in. 12/13/1935 Cigarette Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98423 10-in. 12/13/1935 Just once around the clock Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98424 10-in. 12/13/1935 Para vigo me voy (Congo rhythm) Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal ensemble, and shouts director  
Victor BS-07715 10-in. 4/5/1937 A love song of long ago Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-07716 10-in. 4/5/1937 Hold me tight Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-07717 10-in. 4/5/1937 I hum a waltz Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-07718 10-in. 4/5/1937 It's no secret I love you Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-07719 10-in. 4/5/1937 Azuquita Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-07720 10-in. 4/5/1937 Havana's calling me Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-010936 10-in. 6/17/1937 Cachita Orquesta Casino de la Playa ; Miguelito Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-017382 10-in. 12/9/1937 Habanera Alfredito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-017383 10-in. 12/9/1937 Bruca maniguá Alfredito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor BS-017384 10-in. 12/9/1937 Estrellita Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, violin, director  
Victor BS-017385 10-in. 12/9/1937 Ahí viene la conga Alfredito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 26-50 of 157 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cugat, Xavier," accessed October 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104154.

Cugat, Xavier. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104154.

"Cugat, Xavier." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104154

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