Xavier Cugat Illustration Oil Painting Violinist Clown Playing Violin
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Oil on Canvas board painting signed X. Cugat lower right corner, colorful impressionist depiction of a clown playing violin illustration by Xavier Cugat (1900 - 1990) who was a Catalan-American bandleader who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a key personality in the spread of Latin music in United States popular music. He was also a cartoonist and a successful businessman. In New York, his was the resident orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria before and after World War II. This painting would make wonderful gift or addition to any fine early American pop-culture collection.
SIZE: 8" x 10" (artwork) / 13" x 11" (frame).
Selected references to Xavier Cugat in popular American culture
* Cugat is mentioned in A Goofy Movie where Goofy calls him the Mambo King.
* Cugat is mentioned frequently on I Love Lucy. For example, in the episode titled Lucy Goes to Scotland, Lucy gives Ricky an LP, which he looks at, reads Xavier McCugat?! and tosses it away. Another example occurred in the episode "The Marriage License" when Lucy says to Ricky "I wouldn't marry you, even if you were Xavier Cugat!"; to which Ricky responds "Xavier Cugat?!" In "Lucy Gets Chummy with the Neighbors", neighbor Ralph Ramsey angrily tells Ricky during an argument that he'll "Get Cugat" for his show instead. The jokes were meant to poke fun at the fact that both Cugat and Ricky Ricardo were Cuban bandleaders.
* Cugat is mentioned in third scene of A Streetcar Named Desire.
* Cugat is also referenced by Arnold Wiggins, the manic-depressive, in the party scene of The Boys Next Door (play)
* Cugat and Ben & Jerry's are parodied in an episode of The Simpsons when Lisa finds an ice cream flavor called Xavier Nougat, to which Homer replies, No [I don't want] nothin' made o' dead guys! In a different episode, Jazzy and the Pussycats, Bart declared Xavier Cugat as a non sequitur reply to a question while speaking like a jazz musician.
* Cugat's performance of the song "Yo Te Amo Mucho" appears in The Matador (2005), while Pierce Brosnan is watching TV in the hotel.
* Cugat is mentioned in Woody Allen's Sleeper (1973), when Diane Keaton, searching for a new superlative for an object of modern art, says, It's greater than Keane! It's Cugat!
* Cugat is mentioned in an episode of All in the Family when the Bunker family is playing a trivia game based on bandleaders' initials. However, Archie mistakenly states Cugat's initials to be E.C. When corrected by Mike, Archie exclaims, "Whoever heard of anyone having an X for an initial?"
* His birth date, January 1, 1900, was considered so distinctive in Spain that he and his brothers were exempted from future military duty and his father, a political prisoner, was released from jail. (Source: Text accompanying record collection The Great Band Era, published in 1966, including Cugat's title "Quiéreme Mucho".)
* He is referenced in Desi Arnaz's autobiography as having helped give Desi his start after Desi played guitar for a few years in Cugat's orchestra.
* In the 1991 Warren Beatty film, Bugsy, Cugat is listed on the billboard as the entertainer for the opening night of The Flamingo hotel/casino.
* His song 'Jamay' was featured in the video game 'Grand Theft Auto Vice City' on Radio Espantoso.
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