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Xavier Cugat
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    (January 1, 1900-October 27, 1990)
    Died in Barcelona, Spain
    Birth name was Francisco de Asis Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeo
    Nicknamed 'The Rumba King'
    His birth name was ridiculously long.
    In the 1920s, his first band was called 'The Gigolos.'
    He was a notorious womanizer who married 5 times.
    His last wife was Charo, whom he married when she was 25 and he was 66.
    He said: 'I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve.'
    His family was forced to flee Spain for Cuba when he was 5.
    He was a teen violin prodigy.
    He dressed impeccably.
    Between music jobs, he worked as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times and his work was later nationally syndicated.
    He was considered at the forefront of bridging Latin music with American popular music.

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