Thursday, April 28, 2016

#atozchallenge: X is for Xavier Cougat



Here's to a great AtoZ!

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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 






Answers to your T/F Quiz for W

TRUE  1. Teddy Roosevelt was 43 when he became the youngest president the US had ever elected.
FALSE 2. Teddy Roosevelt wasn't assassinated soon after taking office or a long time after. There have been four sitting presidents assassinated: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy. 





Xavier Cougat was the Rumba King in the 30s and 40s. He was born in Spain but moved to Cuba as a young child with his parents. His music was certainly infused with Cuban rhythms.  Here's a LINK to an old recovered recording. I couldn't embed it because they didn't allow embedding. It's worth a few minutes to see and hear what Cougie offered up. It's all Cuban style a la 1940s.





Your T/F Quiz for X

1. Cougat was a famous musician, but he was also a noted cartoonist and book cover artist.
2. Cougat appeared in recitals with Enrico Caruso.

Answers tomorrow.

33 comments:

  1. He could sure rumba up a tune at his sand dune

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  2. I love the Rhumba (sorry it has an 'h' but I'm British and it feels wrong typing it without :)). The rhythm is so intoxicating - that would be the perfect background music to my sitting in the square with a book and a cocktail (yes, I'm still sitting there - hiccup!) :) Great post!

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  3. I don't know about book covers, but he was a cartoonist.

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  4. Hi Lee - how interesting .. fascinating to know about - and what a talent he was ... so #1 true, #2 false I think! Clever X too ... Cheers Hilary

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  5. It would have been fun to have visited Cuba in the 30s

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  6. Today is the day of Xaviers! This is the third I've come across and they have all been different. I'll guess F and T.

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  7. Great Big Band sound! I'm sure my dad had at least one of his albums. And the singing lady with the swivelly hips...reminded me of when my Puerto Rican uncle told/taught me how to dance. "Don't move your shoulders, it's all in the hips." I'll true on #1, the art they show him doing is pretty amazing. I have no idea about #2...

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  8. I'd guess 1 is false and 2 is true. I'd like to hear his music!

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  9. I had heard the name before, but really know nothing about him. Cool music.

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  10. I learnt to Rhumba many years ago and it was my favourite dance - just so slick and sexy.

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  11. I didn't put down my answers to yesterday's questions, but I did guess both right. =)

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  12. He was a fun person and yes-true to both. I talked about him last year in the A to Z:)

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  13. As has been said: Cuba in the 30's must have been fun if you had the money to enjoy it -- but that is true for all times I guess!

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  14. I know my mother and her friends loved his music. I do too for that matter.

    @Kathleen01930
    Meet My Imaginary Friends
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  15. I had a friend who loved his music, but I had no idea he was a cartoonist. Neat!

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  16. Okay, here I go again. For number one, I am going to say True. For number Two I am going to say True also. Caruso sang pretty much everywhere he was invited.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I do like the Cuban style of music. :)

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  18. I can just about recall this gentleman way back.
    Good post Lee.
    Yvonne.

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  19. I never heard of this person but I'm guessing both are true.

    Susan Says

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  20. Wasn't he married to Charo for a bit?

    I cheated and read Birgit's answers so I can't guess on the True and False for today :)

    betty

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  21. He had some famous wives. Amazing music. True then True? I'm guessing! :)

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  22. A solid X! Always nice to have an Xaviar in the mix of A to Z. :)

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  23. I've enjoyed your posts throughout and have been learning a lot! Terrific choice for X!

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  24. Doesn't he look like Walt Disney?
    You have the most creative website of any writer that I have seen. I love your banner books:)

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  25. XC had given good music. It was always a catchy tune.An orchestra backing was the bonus.

    Hank

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  26. Well done on X - it's always tricky and you didn't even have to cheat - I am impressed :) So is it pronounced Couga or Cougat? The bobbing trumpets are fun :)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  27. I like how the video starts off with his drawing a cartoon, so I say True to the first one and True to the second one as well.
    Love the Rumba!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  28. I've heard of him, can't recall from where. Interesting man.

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  29. Enjoyed the music link. I remember hearing that sound in old movies I used to love to watch. Cool trivia. I think the answer to one is true, because I watched the music link, lol.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  30. I'll have to go listen. I love 40s music. It's so upbeat.

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  31. I would love to rumba. It likes fun. 40 and 50s music is awesome!

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  32. I'd never listened to him before, but that was some pretty neat music! :D


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbosityreviews.com

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