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Desi Arnaz

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986), better known as Desi Arnaz, was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, bandleader, comedian and film and television producer. He is best known for his role as the witty Ricky Ricardo on the American television series sitcom I Love Lucy, where he co-starred with his then wife, dramatic and comedic actress Lucille Ball (1911–1989). Arnaz and Ball are generally credited as the innovators of the syndicated rerun, which they pioneered with the I Love Lucy series.

Arnaz and Lucille Ball co-founded and ran the television production company called Desilu Productions, originally to market I Love Lucy to television networks. After I Love Lucy ended, Arnaz went on to produce several other television series, at first with Desilu Productions, and later independently, including The Ann Sothern Show and The Untouchables. He was also renowned for leading his Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 2, 1917 (Santiago de Cuba), Died December 2, 1986 (Del Mar)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, vocalist, songwriter, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D6VB-2032 10-in. 2/15/1946 Without you (tres palabras) Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Female-male vocal duet, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Victor D6VB-2034 10-in. 2/15/1946 Cuban Pete Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Male-female vocal duet, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Victor D6VB-2332 10-in. 6/10/1946 El cumbanchero Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Victor D6VB-2539 10-in. 7/26/1946 Tia Juana Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D6VB-2588 10-in. 8/2/1946 I'll never love again Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra ; Elsa Miranda Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D6VB-3088 10-in. 10/18/1946 Through a thousand dreams Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D6VB-3089 10-in. 10/18/1946 Mi vida Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D6VB-3090 10-in. 10/19/1946 Another night like this Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D6VB-3091 10-in. 10/19/1946 A rainy night in Rio Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D6VB-3092 10-in. 10/19/1946 Tabu Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Victor D6VB-3093 10-in. 10/19/1946 Babalu' Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-0417 10-in. 1/6/1947 Brazil Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0418 10-in. 1/6/1947 La cumparsita Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0419 10-in. 1/6/1947 Tico tico Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0420 10-in. 1/20/1947 Siboney Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0426 10-in. 1/20/1947 The peanut vendor Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0427 10-in. 1/20/1947 Green Eyes Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0528 10-in. 4/30/1947 I love to dance Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra ; Carol (Carole) Richards Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
Victor D7VB-0529 10-in. 4/30/1947 Made for each other Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Victor D7VB-0530 10-in. 4/30/1947 Un poquito de amor Desi Arnaz ; Desi Arnaz Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Decca 74136 11/7/1947 Xochimilco Enric Madriguera Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 74137 11/7/1947 Maria from Bahia Enric Madriguera Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 74138 11/7/1947 El cumbanchero Enric Madriguera Orchestra vocalist  
Decca 74139 11/7/1947 Jenguila, Jongolo Enric Madriguera Orchestra vocalist  
Decca L 5099 7/22/1949 Un poquito de tu amor Desi Arnaz vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Arnaz, Desi," accessed December 4, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105476.

Arnaz, Desi. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105476.

"Arnaz, Desi." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 4 December 2022.

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