Don Swan - Mucho Cha Cha Cha
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Liberty Records LRP 3001

Sweet and Gentle
Dixieland Cha Cha Cha
El Divorcio
Chin Chi Cha
Mi Musica es para Ti

Tea for Two (Cha Cha Cha)
Rico Vacilon
Chatter Cha Cha
(The Chi Chi) Cha Cha Cha
Rock and Roll Cha Cha Cha

The Cha Cha Cha is a derivative of two Latin American folk dances: the Puerto Rican Danzonette and the Cuban Danzon. However, the Cha Cha Cha distinguishes itself from all other Latin dances by a vocal trademark; namely, voices singing in unison, with no vibrato.

This new dance craze was created and introduced in the United States by Minon Mondejar in 1949. It has become increasingly more popular and is now threatening the supremacy of such Latin American dance favorites as the mambo and rhumba. Tempo-wise the Cha Cha Cha is diversified, savory and inviting in its varied forms . . . Bolero Cha Cha Cha, Mambo Cha Cha Cha, Danzon Cha Cha Cha and, perhaps even a Samba Cha Cha Cha. The influence of Latin music upon our American scene has been manifested by the introduction of the Jazz Cha Cha Cha. Two excellent examples are Don Swan's treatment of the Rock and Roll Cha Cha Cha and the Dixieland Cha Cha Cha. To date, the Cha Cha Cha has been presented in varied forms of instrumentation. Modern Cha Cha Cha exponents such as Tito Puente, Enrique Jorrin, Pablo Beltran Ruiz and Noro Morales have used a multitude of instrumental combinations. However, good interpretation overshadows all else . . . brass, strings or reeds are used both melodically and in rhythm patterns against a solid Latin rhythm section with voices in unison predominating throughout.

Notes By "Chico" Lionel Sesma

"Chico" Lionel Sesmo is one of America's fast rising young disc jockeys. His programs of Latin American music on Radio Station KOWL, Santa Monica have some of the highest listener ratings in the Southern California area. His popularity has spread to Mexico City where he is now heard regularly through the medium of taped shows. Sesma is a musician in his own right, having fronted many fine Latin bands.


Don Swan's name has been synonymous with Latin American music for many years. His arrangements have sparked the popularity of such luminaries as Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz and Perez Prado.

Don Swan's toe-tickling products for the Cugat Orchestra of the pre-war years were largely responsible for the group's success in making the United States "Latin conscious" during that period. In 1940, Don's arrangement of "Tico-Tico" for Xavier Cugat gave Cugat one of his all-time best record sellers.

Don Swan's talents are not restricted to arranging as evidenced by his song-writing fame. "Dream A Little Dream Of Me," which he wrote in the early thirties, has the rare distinction of being on the Hit Parade at three widely spaced intervals of time.

At present, Don Swan and his Orchestra are touring the Southwest performing in leading night clubs and making numerous television appearances.