RCA Victor LSP-1882
Danse des Mirlitons
Night Must Fall
Mambo No. 5
There is no doubt my father never dreamed I'd succeed in the entertainment world. For
if he did, would he have christened one of his three sons Francisco de Asis Javier
Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeo? Who's that? Caramba, it's me! Such a name would
certainly take up a whole album cover, theater marquee and movie screen. So I
excerpted Javier Cugat, exchanged the Spanish "J" for the English "X"
in my first
name, and went to work.
I began pursuing a musical career in my childhood, in my
birthplace of picturesque
Gerona, Spain. For me, it was years of studying the violin with visions of becoming
another Jascha Heifetz or Mischa Elman. I had a brief career as a concert artist.
However, the critics' cool reception to my fiddling on Carnegie's staid stage perhaps
left Heifetz, Elman and their ilk breathing easier, but it certainly left me with the sad
realization that I was never to become a great concert violinist. To earn my bread and
room rent and keep myself in suits costing two dollars each, I took jobs as a dance
band musician. Then I finally formed my own orchestra and things began to click
orchestra made its debut at the famed
Cocoanut Grove of the Hotel Ambassador in Los
Angeles. It was there I began to popularize authentic
Latin-American and Spanish music. That was a long
time ago, and I have had many beautiful memories ever
since. Some of the fondest memories are inspired by the
great Latin stars I started off to fame. These include
Desi Arnaz, the superb dancers Rosario and Antonio,
and such singing stars as Yma Sumac, Miguelito Valdez
and Carlos Ramirez.
The music of Spain and all the Latin Americas will never
lose its popularity here. Why? Simply because people
everywhere love to dance and always will. Latin music
is made for dancing as much as romancing, and the
tunes I've included in this album are some of my
favorites and some of those most requested.
© by Radio Corporation of America, 1958