PE0061. PEREZ PRADO AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Prez (Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz, Cha-Cha, Mambo). RCA Living Stereo 26052, recorded 1957, Hollywood. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 743212606228
“Damaso Perez Prado, the band leader who helped start a North American mambo craze in the 1950s, was born in Cuba and studied classical piano. He performed in the early ‘40s with a well-known Cuban group, Casino de la Playa, and in 1948 he moved to Mexico and began recording mambos.
After Sonny Burke, the American band leader, released a version of Mr. Perez Prado's '’Que Rico el Mambo’ as ‘More Mambo’, RCA Records began releasing Mr. Perez Prado's own recordings to the pop market. With such recordings he became the first big-band mambo player to reach non-Latin audiences in the United States. In his first West Coast tour, in 1951, he played for mixed audiences in the thousands.
According to John Storm Roberts' LATIN TINGE, a history of Latin American music, Mr. Perez Prado ‘developed a bright octave sound with an ingenious and fairly simple use of contrasts between brass and reeds, and punchy rhythm sections based on such fine percussionists as Mongo Santamaria’.' Some of his most popular songs greatly simplified and diluted Cuban rhythms, but Mr. Perez Prado also experimented with jazz and released a few extended compositions. His popularity reached a peak in the mid-1950s with mambos and the cha-cha ‘Cherry Pink and Apple-Blossom White’, a No. 1 pop hit in 1955.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 16 Sept., 1989