Xavier Cugat albums

Xavier Cugat, born in Gerona, Spain in 1900, popularized Latin American music in the USA and the rest of the world from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. During his childhood he lived in Havana, Cuba and as a young boy he played the violin in the Orchestra of The Teatro Nacional. In 1915 the Cugat family went to New York City where he became famous as a companion player for Enrico Caruso and later as bandleader for the Waldorf Astoria Orchestra. From the late 1930’s to the early 1950’s Xavier was a star in movies like You Were Never Lovelier (1942), Bathing Beauty (1944), Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) and Neptune’s Daughter (1949). He married four times and had his biggest successes during his marriage with Abbe Lane, another star from these movies. Cugat was a great arranger and showman. He also made paintings and did true action painting on the stage. His albums for Columbia, RCA and Mercury sold well and he won various awards. He died in 1990.

A filmclip from the 1949 movie Neptunes Daughter, starring Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra in a great setting:

 

The Columbia Years:

 

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Rumba With Cugat (4 X 78 RPM 10″ Set C-54) 1941

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Alternative sleeve

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Conga With Cugat (4 X 78 RPM 10″ Set C-74) 1941

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Xavier Cugat’s Mexico (4 X 78 RPM 10″ Set C-98) 1944

 

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Cugat’s Favorite Rhumbas (4 X 78 RPM 10″ Set C-110) 1945

 

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Samba With Cugat (4 X 78 RPM 10″ Set C-165) 1948

 

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Rhumba With Cugat (Columbia CL-6005) (10” LP) 1948 (two colors)

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Xavier’s Favorite Rhumbas (Columbia CL-6021) (10”LP) 1948 (also released in a red colored sleeve)

Dance Party (Columbia CL-6077) (10” LP) 1949

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Latin American Rhythm (Columbia UK 33S1040 / French FP-1048) (10″ LP) 1950

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Your Dance Date With Xavier Cugat (Columbia CL-6125) (10” LP) 1950

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Dance Parade (Columbia CL-6077) (10″ LP) 1951

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Tropical Bouquets (Columbia CL-6086) (10″ LP) 1952

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Dance with Cugat (Columbia CL-537) 1953

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Mambo At The Waldorf (Columbia CL-6213) (10” LP) 1953

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Alternative version

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LP version (Columbia CL-732) 195.

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Tango With Xavier Cugat (Columbia CL-6234) (10” LP) 1953

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Samba With Xaxier Cugat (Columbia CL-6236) (10” LP) 1953

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The Magic Of The Rumba (Columbia UK-33S1030) (10” LP) 1954

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The King Of The Rumba (Philips B-07673R) (10″ LP) 1955

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The Magic Of The Rhumba (Columbia FP-1043) (10″ LP) 195.

Mambo! (Columbia CL-2506) (10” LP) 1955

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Cucatango (Columbia House Party Series CL-2557) (10” LP) 1956

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Quiet Music, Vol. VI: Relaxing with Cugat (Columbia CL-515) 1952

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Alternative sleeve

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Cugat’s Favorite Rhumbas (Columbia CL-579) 1954

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Ole! (Columbia CL-618) 1955 (two different sleeves)

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Cha-Cha-Cha (Columbia CL-718) 1955

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European version (white edition on Philips B-07097L) 1956

Mambo At The Waldorf (Columbia CL-732) 1955

 

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Merengue by Cugat (Columbia CL-733) 1955

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Later issue

 

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Love, Bread & Cha-Cha-Cha (Columbia CL-1016) 1957

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Cugat Cavalcade (Columbia CL-1094) 1958

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Waltzes By Cugat! (Columbia CL-1143) 1959

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Columbia 7″ EP’s (1955-1959)

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The Dance Beat Of … (Columbia Harmony HL-7242) 196.

 

The RCA Years:

 

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One, Two, Three Kick Congas (RCA Victor 4 X 78 RPM 10″ Set P-73) 1945

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Tangos (RCA-Victor 4 X 78 RPM 10″ Set P-83) 1946

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7″ Box issue (RCA-Victor 4 X 7″ single WPT-16) 195.

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Dancetime With Cugat (RCA LPM-3170) (10″ LP) 1954

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Baile Con Cugat (RCA Victor 7″ EP 3-20128) 1954

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The King Plays Some Aces (RCA Victor LSP-1882) 1958

 

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Alternative version (RCA Victor UK SF-5038)

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7″ EP (RCA Victor S-20235) 1958

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Cugat Spain (RCA Victor LSP-1894) 1959

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Chile Con Cugie (RCA Victor LSP-1987) 1959

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That Latin Beat (RCA Camden CAL 323) 1959

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Same album in a green sleeve

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7″ EP (RCA Camden CAE-345) 1959

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Cugat In France, Spain & Italy (LPM-2173) 1960

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Latin For Lovers (RCA Camden CAL-516) 1961

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Other RCA 7″ EP’s (1955-1960)

 

The Mercury Years:

 

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The Band With The Latin Beat (Mercury UK MG-20065) 1955

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Here’s Cugat (Mercury MG-25120) (10”LP) 1956

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Alternative issue

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7″ EP (Mercury EP-1-3000) 1956

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Dance Date With Cugat (Mercury MG-25149) 10”LP) 1956

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7″ EP (Mercury EP-1-3007) 1956

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Mambo (Mercury MG-25168) (10”LP) 1957

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7″ EP (Mercury EP-1-31780) 1957

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Music For Latin Lovers (Mercury MPT-7530) (10”LP) 1957

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Cugat’s Favorites (Mercury MG-20065) 1955

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Mambo (Mercury MG-20108) 1957

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Viva Cugat! (Mercury PPS-6003) 1961

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Viva Cugat 7″ EP issues (Mercury 1961)

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The Best of Cugat (Mercury PPS-6015) 1961

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Plays Continental Hits (Mercury PPS-6021) 1962

Best of Xavier Cugat (Mercury MG-20870/SR-60870) 1962

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Twist With Cugat (Mercury MCL-125037) 1962

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7″ EP (Mercury 126-058-MCE) 1958

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Cugat In Europe (Mercury 222 000-MCY / MWY) 1962 (two different editions)

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The Most Popualr Movie Hits As Styled By Xavier Cugat (Mercury MCL-125205) 1963

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Cugi’s Cocktails (Mercury MG-20832/SR-60832)-1963

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Cugat Caricatures (Mercury MG 20888)-1963

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Cugat’s Golden Goodies (Mercury MCY-135316) 1963

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Plays the Music of Ernesto Lecuona (Mercury MCL-135937-mono) 1964

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Plays the Music of Ernesto Lecuona (Mercury MCY 135937-stereo) 1964

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Alternative sleeve (Mercury SR-60936) 1964

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X-Cugat (Mercury 134 008-MFY) 1967

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Taboo (Mercury French LP 6338 138 / 135 908 MDY) 1973

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The Mercury EP’s 1955-1965

 

The Decca Years:

 

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Feeling Good (Decca DLP 74672) 1965

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Dance Party (Decca DLP74740) 1965

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Bang Bang (Decca DLP 74799) 1966

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Xavier Cugat Today (Decca DLP 74851) 1967

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