Xavier Cugat

Bandleader, Musical Artist

1900 – 1990

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Who was Xavier Cugat?

Xavier Cugat was a Spanish-American bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a personality in the spread of Latin music in United States popular music. He was also a cartoonist. In New York, he was the leader of the resident orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria before and after World War II.

The personal papers of Xavier Cugat are preserved in the Biblioteca de Catalunya.

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Born
Jan 1, 1900
Girona
Also known as
  • Francesc d'Asís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu
  • Xaviar Cugat
  • Cugat, Xavier
  • The Rumba King
  • Cugie
  • Xavier Cugat and Charo
  • X. Cugat and His Gigolos
  • Francisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu
  • Francis Cugat
Siblings
Spouses
Nationality
  • Spain
  • United States of America
Profession
Employment
  • Tribune Company
Died
Oct 27, 1990
Barcelona

Submitted
on July 23, 2013