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December 29, 2010 |
Lina Romay, whose role as a lead singer with Xavier Cugat's orchestra in the early 1940s led to a career in the movies and a stint decades later as a Spanish-language radio announcer for Hollywood Park, has died. She was 91. Romay died Dec. 17 of natural causes at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, said her son, Jay Gould IV. As Cugat popularized Latin music in North America, he made sure that he had "beautiful ladies who could sing fronting his band," including Romay ?
September 29, 1987 |
Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali "wants to die, but people won't let him go in peace," said bandleader Xavier Cugat, who recently visited the artist. Cugat, a close friend, is among the few who see the reclusive Dali, 83. Cugat said the painter could no longer read or paint and was being fed through a tube. Dali has been a near-recluse since longtime companion Gala Dianocoff's death in 1982.
January 4, 1989 |
Band leader Xavier Cugat received emergency treatment for severe lung inflammation at a clinic today. Doctors at Quiron Clinic said the 89-year-old musician "was responding favorably." He was admitted to the clinic's intensive care unit, spokeswoman Inmaculada Cuenca said. Cugat and his family left Spain for Cuba when he was 4. A U.S.
March 5, 1994
With the untimely passing of Dinah Shore, I have lost a beloved and illustrious neighbor. Although I occasionally said hello when I would see her walking her dog, the only time I ever spoke to her at length was at a Frank Sinatra Invitational Gala two years ago. I had the pleasure of telling her in person that I have loved her--platonically speaking--for more years than either of us cared to remember, that I have two Victor 78s that she made...
August 20, 1986 |
Larry Hyman's "Tequila!" may make you giddy, but it won't bring on a hangover. This dance musical at the Skylight is an ideal after-dinner refreshment: funny, fluid, sexy and so short (just over an hour) that it doesn't have time to wear out its welcome. We're at the First International Zihuatanejo Film Festival.
October 22, 1993 |
Johnny Martinez began his musical career as a jazz bassist, working in Chicago with various bands in the early '50s, enjoying the music but not making much money. Then one night he subbed with a Latin band. "I made $40, and I had been making $10 or $12 playing with jazz bands," remembered the native of Jalisco, Mexico, who moved to Chicago when he was 5. "I thought, 'Hey, this is it!'