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Carlos Vidal

Carlos Vidal Bolado (1914–1996) was a Cuban conga drummer and an original member of Machito and his Afro-Cubans. Vidal holds the double distinction of being the first to record authentic folkloric Cuban rumba and the first to play congas in Latin jazz (with Machito and his Afro-Cubans).

Carlos Vidal was one of a handful of Cuban congueros who came to the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. Other notable congueros who came to the U.S. during that time include Mongo Santamaria, Armando Peraza, Chano Pozo, Francisco Aguabella, Julito Collazo and Cándido Camero. Vidal arrived in the U.S. in 1943, before any of the other previously mentioned musicians.

In 1948, Vidal led an unsuccessful revolt in Machito's Afro-Cubans. However, he failed to convince anyone except Andino to leave the Machito orchestra for better-paying job in Los Angeles. Vidal and Andino joined the Miguelito Valdés orchestra and traveled to Los Angeles, where Andino found that jobs were not all that plentiful.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1914, Died 1996

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: conga

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 8999 2/27/1956 Puttin' on the style The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9000 2/27/1956 The midnight special The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9001 2/27/1956 Fair maid The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9337 6/26/1956 Monaco The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9338 6/26/1956 Run, come see Jerusalem The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9339 6/26/1956 Rock Island line The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9340 6/26/1956 I was born about 10,000 years ago The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9341 6/26/1956 Sally don't you grieve The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9415 7/24/1956 Come to the dance The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9416 7/24/1956 True love The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9417 7/24/1956 Ezekiel saw the wheel The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9418 7/24/1956 Tumbalalaika The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  
Decca L 9419 7/24/1956 Bury me in my overalls The Gateway Singers instrumentalist, conga  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Vidal, Carlos," accessed May 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210611.

Vidal, Carlos. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210611.

"Vidal, Carlos." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 May 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210611

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