Xavier Cugat

Xavier Cugat


1/1/1900, Girona, Cataluña, Spain



Birth Name

Francisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu


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You might not know his name, but chances are, you know his music. As a composer, director, song writer, and actor, Xavier Cugat made his mark on Hollywood and the world. Having released over 30 albums, Cugat is responsible for bringing Rumba music to America.


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    • Xavier: (on his many marriages) If I had it to do all over, I'd marry the same ones. We always divorced for our careers. You cannot play the violin in Philadelphia when your wife is in Rome making a movie with Marcello Mastroianni.

    • Xavier: (referring to Waldorf-Astoria in a 1951 interview) That's where I started in 1930 with seven men at $700 a week. They soon had me down here, where the name bands play. Now I'm back with 20 men, most the hotel has ever had at the highest salary they've ever paid.

    • Xavier: (on choosing to be a musician over being a cartoonist) When they tell you to be funny by 10:30 tomorrow morning... I can't do it--I finally quit, and get these six guys to play commercial music with me.

    • Xavier: (on coming to the United States with friend Enrico Caruso) [Caruso died] shortly after I got to New York... and there I was, no friends and not a word of English. And not much money.

    • Xavier: (on his love life) I like women--all women.... Also, there is my temperament. I am Latin. I excite. For me, this is life.

    • Xavier: I play music... make an atmosphere that people enjoy. It makes them happy. They smile. They dance. Feel good--who be sorry for that?

    • Xavier: I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve!