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Desi Arnaz on the Drums

Stage Name

Birth Name

Desi Arnaz

Desderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III

        

Desi's family fled to Miami, Florida from Cuba with his parents due to political problems. Desi Arnaz is said to have invented the  " La Conga Dance," however he is more probably to have introduced it to the United States rather than to have invented it, but either way, he definitely made it very popular. Worked with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra at one time.

    He was a struggling musician and when he introduced the La Conga, it made him famous. He later was to do it in the Broadway play "Too Many Girls" in 1936 were he met Lucy. Arnaz later would marry Lucille Ball and partner with her on the Television sitcom "I Love Lucy." They had two children together and purchased Desilu Productions studio together where they made the famous weekly sitcom "I Love Lucy" Television show.

Desi passed away in in 1986 in Southern California at the age of 69.

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Santiago, Cuba 3/2/1917-12/2/1986 Lucille Ball (11/30/1940-1960) Desi Arnaz Jr.
        Edith Hirsch Lucie Arnaz (1951)

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Video Clip View (Po-Up Window)

Music Titles

Drum Dance Various Celebrities Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Ahi Viene La Conga
La Conga Dance Ann Miller ( Desi & Ann Clip)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Babalu(CD)
The Mambo Lucille Ball
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Bayamo (w/Betty Grable)
The Merengue      
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Cuban Pete
The Rumba      
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Cumbanchero, el
Rumba Fox Trot      
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Havana (w/Cesar Romero)
        Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. La Cumparisita
       
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Lady In Red
       
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
El Marimbulero
       
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Matador, the
           
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Rumba Matumba
       
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
The Similu
       
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Texas Pete
           
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Tia Juana (1946)
            Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Tico Tico
            Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Best of Desi: Mambo King (CD)
            Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Desi Arnaz: 1937- 1947 (CD)
        Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Desi: Cocktail Hour (CD)
        Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Desi: Conga! (CD)
        Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Desi: Cuban Originals (CD)

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Coconut Grove n/a 1939 - Too Many Girls
Mocombo Room       1942 - Blackouts of 1942
Palladium            

Video Clip View (Po-Up Window)

Films

Television

Publications

Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1940 - Too Many Girls [DVD] 1948 - Toast Of The Town 6/19/1946 - Dance, Stage & Screen
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1941 - Father Takes A Wife 1951 - I Love Lucy 5/1953 - TV Radio Mirror
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1942 - Four Jacks in a Jill[DVD] 1954 - Toast of the Town ( Clip) $ A Book by Desi Arnaz ( Autobio)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1942 - The Navy Comes thru 1958 - The Tonight Show $ Desilu: the Story of (Gilbert)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1943 - Bataan [ DVD] 1957 - Lucy and Desi Comedy Hour $ Lucy & Desi: The Legendary Love Story
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1946 - Cuban Pete 1958 - Desilu Playhouse  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1946 - Desi Arnaz & His Orch. 1967 - The Mothers In Law  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1946 - Melody Master #5 ( Short) 1976 - Joys  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1946 - Tropical Swing ( Short) 1976 - CBS Salutes the 1st 25 Years  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1947 - JitterRumba Lucy Show: Lost Episodes[DVD]  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1949 - Holiday In Havana 1951 - Best Of I Love Lucy I [DVD)
 
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1954 - The Long Long Trailer [DVD] 1951 - Best of I Love Lucy II [DVD]  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1954 - Memories In Uniform 1952 - What's My Line ( Clip)  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1956 - Forever Darling [DVD] 1982 - Entertainment Tonight Interview ( Clip)  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1966 - Murderer's Row [DVD] Ballet / Handcuffs [DVD]  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1976 - Salsa [DVD] Lucy and Desi II [DVD]  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1978 - A Wedding [DVD] ( Desi JR) Our Miss Brooks ( Clip)  
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1982 - Escape Artist[DVD]    
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1994 - Roots of Rhythm [ DVD]    
       

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