Damaso Pérez Prado, 11 December 1916, Mantanzas, Cuba, d. 14 September 1989, Mexico City, Mexico. Prado played organ and piano in cinemas and clubs before becoming an arranger for mambo-style local bands in 1942. He formed his own unit in 1948 in Mexico when the mambo beat was becoming very popular. Prado was King of the Mambo in Latin America with his scorching brass and persuasive percussion, exemplified in his 1950 recording of Mambo Jambo. He had some modest US success in 1953/4 with the title theme from the Italian movie Anne, and a South African song, Skokiaan. Strong indications that the mambo craze was beginning to catch on in the USA came in 1954, when Perry Como with Papa Loves Mambo, and Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney, both reached the Top 10. Prado made his worldwide breakthrough in 1955 when RCA Records released Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White, with an exciting...
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