Perez Prado:(December 11, 1916 – September 14, 1989) was a Cuban-Mexican bandleader, singer, organist, pianist and composer, who also made brief appearances in films. He is often referred to as the King of the Mambo. He became known and professionally billed as Perez Prado, his paternal and maternal surnames respectively.   Perez Prado became a naturalized citizen of Mexico in 1980.His orchestra was the most popular in mambo. His son, Perez Prado, Jr., continues to direct the Perez Prado Orchestra in Mexico City to this day.   Perez was born in Matanzas, Cuba; his mother Sara Prado was a school teacher, his father Pablo Pereza journalist at El Heraldo de Cuba. He studied classical piano in his early childhood, and later played organ and piano in local clubs. For a time, he was pianist and arranger for the Sonora Matancera, Cuba's best-known musical group at the time. He also worked with casino orchestras in Havana for most of the 1940s. He was nicknamed "El Cara de Foca" ("Seal Face") by his peers at the time.   Early life:In 1949 he moved to Mexico to form his own band and record for RCA Victor. He quickly specialized in mambos, an upbeat adaptation of the Cuban danzon. Perez's mambos stood out among the competition, with their fiery brass riffs and strong saxophone counterpoints, and most of all, Perez's trademark grunts (he actually says "¡Dilo! ("Say it!") in many of the perceived grunts). In 1950 arranger Sonny Burke heard "Que rico el mambo" while on vacation in Mexico and recorded it back in theUnited States as "Mambo Jambo". The single was a hit, which caused Perezto launch a US tour. His appearances in 1951 were sell-outs and he began recording US releases for RCA Victor.   Famous pieces:Perezis the composer of such famous pieces as "Mambo No. 5" (later a UK chart-topper for both Lou Bega in 1999 and animated character Bob the Builder in 2001) and "Mambo No. 8". At the height of the mambo movement in 1955, Perezhit the American charts at number one with a cha-cha-cha version of "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" (composed by French composer Louiguy). This arrangement, featuring trumpeter Billy Regis, held the spot for 10 consecutive weeks, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The song also went to number one in the UK and in Germany.Perez had first covered this title for the movie Underwater! in 1954, where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White". In 1958 one of Perez's own compositions, "Patricia", became his last record to ascend to No. 1 on the Jockeys and Top 100 charts, both of which gave way the following week to the then newly introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also went to number one in Germany, and in the UK it reached number eight.   International popularity:His popularity in the United States matched the peak of the first wave of interest in Latin music outside the Latino communities during the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.He also performed in films in the United States and Europe, as well as in Mexican cinema (Rumberas film), always with his trademark goateeand turtle-neck sweaters and vests. With the end of the 1950s, his success waned, and the years gave way to new rhythms, such as rock and roll and then pop music. His association with RCA Victor ended in the 1960s, and his recorded output was mainly limited to smaller labels and recycled Latin-style anthologies.   Later life:In the early 1970s Perezpermanently returned to his apartment off Mexico City's grand Paseo de la Reforma to live with his wife and two children, son Damaso Perez Salinas (known as Perez Prado, Jr.) and daughter María Engracia. His career in Latin America was still strong. He toured and continued to record material released in Mexico, South America, and Japan. He was revered as one of the reigning giants of the music industry and was a regular performer on Mexican television. In Japan, a live concert recording of his 1973 tour was released on LP in an early 4-channel format known as Quadraphonic.   In 1981 Perez was featured in a musical revue entitled Sun, which enjoyed a long run in the Mexican capital. In 1983 his brother Pantaleon PerezPrado, a musician who was also known professionally as PerezPrado, died, and the press erroneously reported Damaso's death.His last United States appearance was in Hollywood on September 12, 1987, when he played to a packed house. This was also the year of his last recording. Persistent ill health plagued him for the next two years, and he died of a stroke in Mexico City on September 14, 1989, aged 72.
  Perez Prado:(December 11, 1916 – September 14, 1989) was a Cuban-Mexican bandleader, singer, organist, pianist and composer, who also made brief appearances in films. He is often referred to as the King of the Mambo. He became known and professionally billed as Perez Prado, his paternal and maternal surnames respectively.   Perez Prado became a naturalized citizen of Mexico in 1980.His orchestra was the most popular in mambo. His son, Perez Prado, Jr., continues to direct the Perez Prado Orchestra in Mexico City to this day.   Perez was born in Matanzas, Cuba; his mother Sara Prado was a school teacher, his father Pablo Pereza journalist at El Heraldo de Cuba. He studied classical piano in his early childhood, and later played organ and piano in local clubs. For a time, he was pianist and arranger for the Sonora Matancera, Cuba's best-known musical group at the time. He also worked with casino orchestras in Havana for most of the 1940s. He was nicknamed "El Cara de Foca" ("Seal Face") by his peers at the time.   Early life:In 1949 he moved to Mexico to form his own band and record for RCA Victor. He quickly specialized in mambos, an upbeat adaptation of the Cuban danzon. Perez's mambos stood out among the competition, with their fiery brass riffs and strong saxophone counterpoints, and most of all, Perez's trademark grunts (he actually says "¡Dilo! ("Say it!") in many of the perceived grunts). In 1950 arranger Sonny Burke heard "Que rico el mambo" while on vacation in Mexico and recorded it back in theUnited States as "Mambo Jambo". The single was a hit, which caused Perezto launch a US tour. His appearances in 1951 were sell-outs and he began recording US releases for RCA Victor.   Famous pieces:Perezis the composer of such famous pieces as "Mambo No. 5" (later a UK chart-topper for both Lou Bega in 1999 and animated character Bob the Builder in 2001) and "Mambo No. 8". At the height of the mambo movement in 1955, Perezhit the American charts at number one with a cha-cha-cha version of "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" (composed by French composer Louiguy). This arrangement, featuring trumpeter Billy Regis, held the spot for 10 consecutive weeks, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The song also went to number one in the UK and in Germany.Perez had first covered this title for the movie Underwater! in 1954, where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White". In 1958 one of Perez's own compositions, "Patricia", became his last record to ascend to No. 1 on the Jockeys and Top 100 charts, both of which gave way the following week to the then newly introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also went to number one in Germany, and in the UK it reached number eight.   International popularity:His popularity in the United States matched the peak of the first wave of interest in Latin music outside the Latino communities during the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.He also performed in films in the United States and Europe, as well as in Mexican cinema (Rumberas film), always with his trademark goateeand turtle-neck sweaters and vests. With the end of the 1950s, his success waned, and the years gave way to new rhythms, such as rock and roll and then pop music. His association with RCA Victor ended in the 1960s, and his recorded output was mainly limited to smaller labels and recycled Latin-style anthologies.   Later life:In the early 1970s Perezpermanently returned to his apartment off Mexico City's grand Paseo de la Reforma to live with his wife and two children, son Damaso Perez Salinas (known as Perez Prado, Jr.) and daughter María Engracia. His career in Latin America was still strong. He toured and continued to record material released in Mexico, South America, and Japan. He was revered as one of the reigning giants of the music industry and was a regular performer on Mexican television. In Japan, a live concert recording of his 1973 tour was released on LP in an early 4-channel format known as Quadraphonic.   In 1981 Perez was featured in a musical revue entitled Sun, which enjoyed a long run in the Mexican capital. In 1983 his brother Pantaleon PerezPrado, a musician who was also known professionally as PerezPrado, died, and the press erroneously reported Damaso's death.His last United States appearance was in Hollywood on September 12, 1987, when he played to a packed house. This was also the year of his last recording. Persistent ill health plagued him for the next two years, and he died of a stroke in Mexico City on September 14, 1989, aged 72.
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