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Monday, December 31, 2012

Why Not Cha Cha Cha - Manny Lopez

Serenade In Blue
Why Not Cha Cha Cha
Manny Lopez And His Orchestra
Imperial LP 9006

Here is an obscure, but solid late 50s big band Cha Cha album.

From the back cover: One of his greatest fans, Tony Martin, has often lamented that he has not had an opportunity to do a Latin American album with Lopez. "This man Lopez," says Martin, "is to the Cha Cha Cha what Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays are to baseball.

Manny is happily married (a sad note, perhaps, for many of his female admires) has four children, all of whom play musical instruments. He is often referred to as "The Don Juan of the Baton," as much for his sparkling wardrobe as his vitality and good looks. Someone once asked Lopez if it was true that he owned forty-five suits? "That's true," he flipped, "but don't forget the twelve suits that are still at the cleaners."

Begin The Beguine
Music Makers
Las Tres Locas
The Mole
Oye Mira
Mexican Hat Dance Cha Cha Cha
Mi Nina Querida
Orchids In The Moonlight
In Old Monterey
Serenade In Blue
Cielito Lindo

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