He was the king of the mambo, by far the most popular Latin bandleader in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He made the sound booming and explosive with his hits like Mambo # 5, Mambo #8, Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White and some tracks he did with Beny More as a vocalist: Pachito E-Che, Babaratiri and Anabacoa. Although Perez Prado was born in Havana in 1916, he became enormously popular in Mexico in the 1940’s and later in the USA where he became a key figure for Latin dance music on the RCA label where most of his biggest records were issued. His sound was very loud like massive thunder with a lot of percussion and pumping trumpets. In the many breaks Perez used his voice to give extra fire to the music with words like haa!! or ugh!! This was music to dance to if you wanted or not.
10” LP Play Mucho Mambo For Dancing (RCA LPM-21) 1951
7″ EP (RCA EPA-302) 1951
LP Mambo Mania (RCA LPM-1075) 1955
Alternative sleeve (RCA Victor BKL-9) 1955
7″ EP (RCA Victor EPB-1075) 1955
LP Voodoo Suite (Plus 6 All Time Greats (RCA Victor LPM-1101) 1956
7″ EP (RCA Victor EPB-1101) 1956
Mambo By The King (RCA Victor 10” LP LPM-3108) 1956
7″ EP (RCA Victor EPA-404) 1056
LP Mambo By The King (RCA Victor LPM-1196) 1956
7″ EP (RCA Victor EPA-732 / 33046 / ) 1956
LP Havana 3 A.M. (RCA Victor LPM-1257) 1956
7″ EP (RCA Victor EPB-1257) 1956
LP Latin Satin (RCA Victor LPM-1459) 1957
7″ EP Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 (RCA Victor EPA-1-1458 / EPA-2-1458 / 3.33100) 1957
LP Prez (RCA Victor LPM-1556) 1957
7″ EP (RCA Victor SRC-7004 / 3.20210) 1957
LP Mambo Happy (early 1950’s recordings) (RCA Camden CAL-409) 1957
LP Dilo (Ugh!) (RCA Victor LPM-1883) 1958
LP La Nina Popoff (early recordings) (RCA Victor MKL-1197) 1959
LP Pops And Prado (RCA Victor LPM-2028) 1959
LP Latino (RCA Camden CAL-547) 1960
LP Big Hits By Prado (RCA Victor LPM-2104) 1961
LP A Touch Of Tobasco (with Rosemary Clooney) (RCA Victor LPM-2133) 1961
LP Rockambo (RCA Victor LPM-2308) 1961
LP La Chunga (RCA Victor LPM-2379) 1962
LP Twist Goes Latin (RCA Victor LPM-2524) 1962
7″ EP (RCA Victor 75.703 S / 3.20477) 1962
LP Exotic Suite Of The Americas (RCA Victor LPM-2571) 1962
LP Our Man In Latin America (RCA Victor LPM- 2610) 1964
LP Dance Latino (RCA Victor LPM-3330) 1965
LP The Best Of … (RCA Victor LSP-3732) 196?
RCA-Victor 7″ EP’s (various countries) (1951-1963)
On other labels
Mambos (Seeco 10″ LP SLP-4) 1951
Mambos (Seeco 10″ LP LDS-047) 1952
Plays Mucho Mambo (His Master’s Voice 10″ LP FFLP-1006) 1954
Enmcores Mambos; Selection 2 (His Master’s Voice 10″ LP FFLP-1029) 1955
Latin Rhythms (Royale 10″ LP 18146) 1955
10” LP Pantaleon Perez Prado (Philips 76-054-R) 1957
Latin Dance Rhythms, with Armand Torres (Promenade 2243) 195.
Dengues (Discuba LPD-572) 195.
LP A Cat In Latin (Parlophone PMC-1226) 196?
LP Great Mambos And Other Latin American Favorites (Coronet CX-120) 196?
LP In Mexico (with Carlos Molina) (Spinorama M-156) 196?
LP Lights! Action! Prado! (United Artists UAL-3394) 1965
LP Perez Prado (Ritmo) A Go Go (Ansonia ALP-1401) 1965
The Exciting Perez Prado Show; Live In Japan (Union De Luxe UPS-5071 1965
LP Caballo Negro (RCA Camden CAM-378) 1966
LP Concierto Para Bongo (United Artists UAL-3489) 1967
7″ EP (United Artists / Gamma GK-07-338)
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