Desi Arnaz & His Orchestra

Genres: Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, 2 March 1917, Santiago, Cuba, d. 2 December 1986, Del Mar, California, USA. Arnaz relocated to the USA in the early 20s and began singing and playing bongo and conga drums with Xaviar Cugat and others before forming his own band. Arnaz achieved sufficient popularity to be offered musical spots in movies. While working on one of these, Dance, Girl, Dance (1940), he met and subsequently married Lucille Ball. In the late 40s, Ball appeared on radio in a popular series, My Favourite Husband, in which she co-starred with actor Richard Denning. In the early 50s, Ball decided to adapt the show for television with her real-life husband as producer, and she also decided that Arnaz should play her television husband - two decisions frowned upon by executives at CBS and Philip Morris (cigarette makers and potential sponsors for the show). Their reluctance stemmed from the fact that as a producer Arnaz was an unknown quantity and as an...

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