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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cha Cha Cha - Mr. Bongo Plays In Hi-Fi

Cha Cha Cha
Mr. Bongo Plays In Hi-Fi
Jack Costanzo And His Latin Orchestra
Vocals By Kaskara and Marda Saxon
Tops L1664

This is the second album I've found by Mr. Bongos AKA Jack Costanzo. Check out Naked City.

A comment was left that directed my attention to a FaceBook page featuring Costanzo.

For a TOPS release (TOPS released many budget recordings) this is an outstanding album.  There appears to have a been a 2004 release of this record on CD. It is out of print and doesn't feature this great cover art. None-the-less, I won't risk posting a sample because of that release.

Also, Costanzo apparently had just contracted with 20th Century Fox to do a musical role in the picture Bernardine.

I thought it might also be interesting to note information, from the back cover, on the vocalists.

Ohio born vocalist Marda Saxon is one of the very few non-Latins to perform successfully the authentic Cuban songs in this album. Originally a dancer with the famous Afro-Cuban Sans Souci Troupe, Marda has been with the Costanzo Orchestra since its organization in April 1956. She joined the band at its first location. Ben Pollack's renowned restaurant on Hollywood's Sunset Strip, and has made personal appearances and recordings with Mr. Bongo since that time.

The rich vocalizings of Kaskara have been entertaining American fans of Cuban music since 1945 when he first came to the U.S. Born in Holbuin, Oriente, Cuba Kaskara had worked primarily with the bands of Perez Prado and Rene Touzet prior to his present association with the Costanzo Orchestra.

1 comment:

  1. Great cover! I have something by Mr Bongo but I don't know if it is this one....


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