Xavier Cugat Similar Artists

Los Indios Tabajaras - 83% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Latin
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Musiperi and Herundy (Ceara, Brazil) were sons of a Tabajaras Indian chieftain of an isolated jungle tribe. The story circulated by their publicist stated that they found guitars mislaid by European explorers, and taught themselves to play. Next, they travelled to Rio de Janiero to perform South American folk in the city’s clubland where they were noticed by an agent wh Read more

Perez Prado - 61% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Pop / Rock Latin World Music Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 sco Read more

Al Caiola - 50% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Easy Listening
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Alexander Emil Caiola, 7 September 1920, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. A highly respected studio guitarist, Caiola played with many renowned musical directors such as Percy Faith, Hugo Winterhalter and André Kostelanetz. After serving as musical arranger and conductor for United Artists Records, Caiola released several singles on RCA Records during the 50s, including Read more

Tito Puente - 42% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: World Music Latin Music Videos & Concerts Drama Jazz Jazz Latin Music & Radio Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernesto Antonio Puente Jnr., 20 April 1923, Harlem Hospital, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 May 2000, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parentage, Puente began piano lessons when he was seven years old and around the age of 10 started tuition in drums and percussion, which became his forte. Around 1936, Puente commenced his professional career as a drum Read more

Les Baxter - 38% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Pop / Rock Easy Listening Horror Westerns Musicals & The Arts Comedy Sci-Fi / Fantasy Drama Jazz Mystery / Thriller Action & Adventure Classic Exploitation War
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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14 March 1922, Mexia, Texas, USA, d. 15 January 1996, Palm Springs, California, USA. Baxter studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. Abandoning a concert career as a pianist he turned to popular music as a singer, and at the age of 23 he joined Mel Tormé’s Mel-Tones, singing on Artie Shaw re Read more

Martin Denny - 37% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock World Music Instrumental
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 April 1911, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 March 2005, Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, USA A pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor, Denny trained as a classical pianist and toured with various bands before moving to Hawaii in 1954. The story goes that while playing in the Shell Bar of the alfresco Hawaiian Village nightclub in Honolulu, he began to incorporate the sounds of Read more

Esquivel - 35% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Juan Garcia Esquivel, 20 January 1918, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, d. 3 January 2002, Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico. Although he was a huge inspiration for the revival of ‘lounge’ or ‘easy listening’ music in the 90s, Esquivel in fact began recording his heavily orchestrated pop muzak four decades earlier. Although none of his recordings from this period cha Read more

Esquivel & His Orchestra - 35% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
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Nelson Riddle - 33% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Comedy Drama Easy Listening Jazz Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals Action & Adventure Westerns Vocals Television Music Videos & Concerts Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Nelson Smock Riddle, 1 June 1921, Oradell, New Jersey, USA, d. 6 October 1985, Los Angeles, California, USA. After studying piano, Riddle took up the trombone when in his early teens, and in the late 30s played in a number of big bands, including those led by Jerry Wald, Charlie Spivak, Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby. After a stint in the army, he settled in California and stud Read more

Bert Kaempfert - 32% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock
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Eddie Palmieri - 31% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: World Music Jazz Latin Latin Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eduardo Palmieri, 15 December 1936, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage. The self-avowed pioneering ‘oxygen cocktail’ of contemporary salsa, pianist, band leader, composer, arranger, producer Palmieri began playing the piano at the age of eight. He also played timbales, and wanted to specialize in the instrument, but changed his min Read more

Jack Costanzo - 31% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Jazz Latin
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Yma Sumac - 31% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Vocals Easy Listening Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Emperatriz Chavarri, 10 September 1927, Ichocan, Peru. A flamboyant singer, of striking appearance, who was the subject of a series of publicity campaigns designed to shroud her origins in mystery: was she an Inca princess, one of the chosen ‘Golden Virgins’? Or a Brooklyn housewife named Amy Camus (Yma Sumac spelt backwards)? Whatever the doubts as to her heritage Read more

Cal Tjader - 30% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Jazz Latin Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Callen Radcliffe Tjader, 16 July 1925, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 5 May 1982, Manila, Philippines. After studying formally, Tjader played drums with various bands on the west coast before joining Dave Brubeck in 1949. In the early 50s he played with Alvino Rey and also led his own small bands. By 1953, the year he joined George Shearing, he had added vibraphone and various Read more

David Rose - 30% match to Xavier Cugat

Genres: Comedy Pop / Rock Drama Easy Listening Jazz Musicals & The Arts Mystery / Thriller War Westerns Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s
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