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XAVIER CUGAT - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 257372

B/w publicity photo from MCA of Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat in a white tux and holding a Chihuahua dog Inscribed photograph signed "To Albert/Xavier Cugat" in blue ink. Black ink notations on verso in unknown hand. B/w, 8x10 overall, 7½x9 image, one surface.

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XAVIER CUGAT
B/w publicity photo from MCA of Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat in a white tux and holding a Chihuahua dog
Inscribed photograph signed "To Albert/Xavier Cugat" in blue ink. Black ink notations on verso in unknown hand. B/w, 8x10 overall, 7½x9 image, one surface. Captioned: "'THE RUMBA KING'/XAVIER CUGAT and His Orchestra". Photo by MCA. Orchestra leader Cugat (1900-1990) is best known as "The Rumba King" for introducing U. S. audiences to Latin rhythms. Born Francisco de Asis Javier Cugat Mingall de Bel y Deulogeo in Spain, Cugat grew up in Havana, and the teenaged violin prodigy toured with Enrico Caruso before coming to the U. S. Cugat worked as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times while organizing his first bands, and by 1928, he and his band were playing at the Cocoanut Grove in Hollywood. Cugat appeared in a number of feature films, usually as himself. His wives included singer Abbe Lane (1952 until their divorce in 1963) and entertainer Charo (1966 until their divorce in 1978). Lightly toned, creased and bowed. Light discoloration near top right corner. Otherwise in fine condition.

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