Sing Latin America 1935-61

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Label: FREMEAUX & ASSOCIES
Catalog: FA5661
Format: CD

Louis Armstrong Orchestra; London, Julie; O'Day, Anita; Francis, Connie; Tormé, Mel; Hendricks, Jon; Kitt, Eartha; Berry, Chuck; Nappy Lamare's Levee Loungers; Vaughan, Sarah; James Moody and His Bop Men; Louis Armstrong Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra; Cole, Nat King; Mitchum, Robert; Hite, Les; Sinatra, Frank; Andrews Sisters; Belafonte, Harry; Clooney, Rosemary; Slim and Slam; Armstrong, Louis

Is it some seductive, exotic attraction that makes Americans look south to their Latin neighbors? There have been periods — especially the Fifties — when the music of Cuba and the Caribbean even invaded America’s airwaves, so you have to recognize its importance. The United States totally appropriated Latin culture, and absorbed it like it was a Broadway musical: with elegance, distinction, humor and a relaxed attitude.Was it simple curiosity, or was it the need to take a risk and attempt to open up a new market? Perhaps the first popular American musician to venture into this world was Nat King Cole. He and his trio began recording Latin music as early as 1944. World-renowned artists from yesteryear are heard on this album, including Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Chuck Barry, and many more. A variety of styles are also featured, including Samba, Bossa Nova, Cha Cha, Merengue, and more.

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