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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Calypso Dance - Joe Loco

Calypso Dance
By The Joe Logo Band
Mercury Records
MG 20302

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

Included here to add the bio information from the back cover: Joe Loco was born in New York City in the early twenties. What he knows about bathtub gin, the Charleston, Flappers, or Texas gunmen we don't know. But we do know that at eight years of age Mister Loco, through the courtesy of Mrs. Loco, his mother, was given lessons on the violin and in the dance. He cheerfully gave the violin back to Heifitz after enough lessons persuaded him his talent at that time was in his feet. At thirteen he went on an extended vaudeville tour hoofing up there along with the best of them. After several years he returned to New York to continue his study of music. After all, he mused, Heifitz might be right. After several years of studying musical orchestration, arrangements and learning to be better than good at the piano and trombone he began playing with and arranging for Cugat, Will Bradley, Madriguero and others.

After a stint in the Army Air Force, during the second world war, Joe returned but with a difference, he was on his own and he had a mission. He wanted to popularize in his own country the lush and fascinating Latin rhythms that had so intrigued him. He was sure his fellow Americans would feel the way he did about them. How well he succeeded is now musical history.

From Billboard - October 28, 1957: Good beat has fine rhythm section plus live recording make this one of Loco's most successful efforts. Variety of tempos maintain interest throughout session. Recommended for dancing or listening.

Pick Your Poison
Bongo Bob
Never Let A Woman Get The Best Of You
La Bomba
Honeymoon In Trinidad
Faith Is Stronga Medicine
De Bonbo Mon
Smile, Smile Your Way
Tappin' Joe
Cha Calypso

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