Biography of Desi Arnaz (1917-1986)

Artistic name Desiderio Alberto Arnez and Acha, director and Cuban singer born in Santiago de Cuba on March 2, 1917 and died at sea (California, United States) on December 2, 1986. He/She was one of the most popular in the United States Cuban musicians.

Arnaz belonged to a wealthy family of landowners who had to emigrate to the United States when he/she was sixteen years old due to the Cuban revolution. Once installed in Miami, Arnaz started playing the conga and the conga and joined the Siboney Septet. Later, in 1937, he/she participated in the band of Xavier Cugat until later I think his own, financed with the help of Cugat. In 1939, he/she appeared in the successful musical of Broadway Too Many Girls, whose film version produced by the RKO protagonizarĂ­a later. In the filming of the movie, he/she met actress Lucille Ball, with whom he/she married in 1940. Arnaz also made other films with the mentioned producer and participated in the war film Bataan (1943) by Tay Garnett, produced by the Metro Goldwyn Mayer.

During the second world war was responsible for encouraging and entertain U.S. troops and at the end of the war he/she returned to his music career and formed a new Orchestra which recorded several songs that became popular at the end of the Decade of the 1940s, as the song "BabalĂș". He/She also conducted the Orchestra of Bob Hope's radio program between 1946 and 1947.

Together with his wife Lucille Ball, Arnaz appeared in the CBS television series entitled I Love Lucy (1951-59). The program was a great success among the American public in the Decade of the 1950s, despite the fact that initially the producers of the series put stick to participation by Arnaz as an actor because of his Cuban accent. Also along with his wife, Arnaz created the production company Desilu, which produced successful television as December Bride or Make Room shows for Danny. In 1960 the couple divorced, although they continued to work together on occasions. Arnaz married again with Edith Mack Hirsh and created another company called Desi Arnaz Productions. In 1986, a lung cancer ended her life. His autobiography, titled A Book, obtained a great success of sales in the United States.

His daughter Lucie Arnaz is also dedicated to music, field in which won favorable reviews. In 1993 he/she produced the film Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie, based on the life of his parents.

Selected discography

Babalu Music: I Love Lucy completo Greatest Hits.The Best of Desi Arnaz the Mambo King.Big Bands of Hollywood.Cuban Originals.Desi Arnaz.