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Desi Arnaz

Posted in music by adeli on October 15, 2009

Desi Arnaz (Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) was a Cuban-American musician, actor, and TV producer (Our Miss Brooks, The Andy Griffith Show, The Untouchables, and Star Trek).

He arrived in the U.S. in the 30’s, starred on Broadway and in movies, and played guitar in Xavier Cugat’s band. In the 40s, he formed his own Latin orchestra and launched the conga craze in America.

And in 1951, with his wife Lucille Ball and their show I Love Lucy, he played a fictional version of himself, Ricky Ricardo. On the show, he sang, dance, and played the conga drums and the guitar.

Some of his hits include “Babalu,” “Rumba Matumba,” ” and “El Cumbanchero.”


In Santiago, Chile (‘Tain’t Chilly at All)

Cuban Pete (with Lucy)