Xavier Cugat

World Music Singer

Xavier Cugat was born in Girona, Catalonia, Spain on January 1st, 1900 and is the World Music Singer. At the age of 90, Xavier Cugat biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 1, 1900
Spain, United States, Cuba
Place of Birth
Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Death Date
Oct 27, 1990 (age 90)
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Actor, Bandleader, Composer, Conductor, Film Director, Film Score Composer, Musician, Screenwriter, Singer, Violinist
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Rita Montaner ​ ​(m. 1918; div. 1920)​ Carmen Castillo ​ ​(m. 1929; div. 1946)​ Lorraine Allen ​ ​(m. 1947; div. 1952)​ Abbe Lane ​ ​(m. 1952; div. 1963)​ Charo ​ ​(m. 1966; div. 1978)​
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Xavier Cugat Life

Xavier Cugat (1 January 1900 – October 27, 1990) was a Spanish-Cuban and American musician and bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba.

He was a well-known violinist and arranger who was a leading figure in Latin music's dissemination.

He was the conductor of the Waldorf–Astoria resident orchestra before and after World War II in New York City.

He was both a cartoonist and a restaurateur.

In the Biblioteca de Catalunya, Xavier Cugat's personal papers are preserved.


Xavier Cugat Career

Life and career

Francisco de Assuo Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. When he was three years old, his family immigrated to Cuba. He studied classical violin and played as a violinist in a silent movie theater at the age of nine to help pay for his education. He was the first chair violinist for the Teatro Nacional Symphonic Orchestra. When he wasn't performing, he began drawing caricatures. He and his family arrived in New York City on July 6, 1915, on the SS Havana. Cugat appeared in recitals with Enrico Caruso, playing violin solos.

He accompanied a band that played regularly at the Cocoanut Grove, a Los Angeles club. Charlie Chaplin, Cugat's pal, attended the tango, so Cugat added tangos to the band's performances. Cugat's owner wanted to hire South American dancers to teach tango lessons considering how popular the dance was getting. Cugat made the dancers members of his orchestra, which was also very popular. In 1928, he converted his performance into the film Xavier Cugat and His Gigolos.

He worked as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times. His caricatures were nationally syndicated. They appeared in Photoplay magazine beginning with the November 1927 issue, under the tag "de Bru." Francis, Francis' older brother, was an artist of some note, having done cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.

Cugat took his band to New York for the 1931 opening of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Jack Denny was recalled as the hotel's resident band leader. He played with the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra for 16 years, but the orchestra's next decade, when he died between New York and Los Angeles, will be canceled. With the other arm, he waved his baton with one arm, and one of his signature gestures was to hold a chihua.

His musical career culminated in his appearances in In Gay Madrid (1940), Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), Bathing Beauty (1946), A Date with Judy (1948),1511) and The Chicago Syndicate (1955).

Casa Cugat, a Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood, is owned and operated by Cugat. Hollywood celebrities and two singer-songwriters who would come to each table and play diners' favorite songs upon request were present at the restaurant. The restaurant opened in the 1940s and closed in 1986.

In scenes from Neptune's Daughter, in which Cugat plays a large part, the restaurant's exterior and a fanciful representation of its interior can be found. A short scene revolving around the restaurant can also be seen in the earlier 1943 film The Heat's On, which also stars Cugat as himself.