The Hits (Limited Gatefold)
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While born in Spain, bandleader Xavier Cugat spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba, where he became a brilliant violinist and arranger. Cugat was a leading figure in the spread of Latin music, and after moving to New York City he became the leader of the resident orchestra at the Waldorf–Astoria before and after World War II, where he gained perennial fame. He would become known as the “Rumba King”. Compiled here are 21 of his greatest hits, recorded during his finest years.
A1-A3, A10, B1-B2, B4-B5, B7-B8 & B11: recorded in Stereo at Fine Recording Studio, New York City, in 1961.
A4-A5, A7, A9, B3 & B9: recorded in Stereo in New York, 1958.
(*) Recorded in Mono in New York. A6: May 1945; A8, 1954; B6: 1957; B10: 1955.