I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 6

The Audition Show

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 19, 1951 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Babalu is a legendary folkloric Cuban song that is about the Yoruba and Afro-Cuban orisha or diety, Babalú Ayé, the diety of illness and disease and is the equivalent of Saint Lazarus of the Catholic religion. Babalu as performed by Ricky Ricardo is based on legendary Cuban singer Miguelito Valdés who in 1939 while singing with the Casino de la Playa Orchestra made the song famous worldwide. Desi Arnaz and Miguelito Valdés became friends in the 1940s after Miguelito left Cuba, relocated to NYC and became a singer for the Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Desi never denied he was inspired by the authentic Señor Babalu-Miguelito Valdés.