Saturday, May 20, 2017
We remember Desi Arnaz on Cuban Independence Day!
He was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III in 1917 Cuba.
He died in 1986.
He is either known as Desi Arnaz or "Ricky Ricardo", the other half of the "I love Lucy" team.
Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball created Desilu, one of the most successful TV studios in history.
Desi was more than a singer or Lucy's funny husband.
He turned out to be a very successful business, perhaps one of the most accomplished businessmen of the 20th century:
"In addition to I Love Lucy, he produced December Bride, The Mothers-in-Law, The Lucy Show, Those Whiting Girls, Our Miss Brooks, The Danny Thomas Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Untouchables, and Star Trek TOS, all top shows in their time, and the 1956 feature film Forever, Darling, in which he and Ball starred.
His foresight in filming and retaining post-broadcast ownership of shows had a huge impact on the future of television syndication (reruns)." (Wikipedia)
So we remember Desi Arnaz. He was funny and a very smart entrepreneur.
Before Desi married Lucy in 1940, he recorded a few songs. This is "Vereda Tropical":
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