"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
We remember Mongo Santamaria (1917-2003)
Ramón “Mongo” Santamaría Rodríguez was born in Havana on this day in 1917. He died in Miami in 2003.
According to his biography, he moved to New York City in 1950 and made his US debut with Pérez Prado. He followed that by performing with Tito Puente and and recording with Cal Tjader (1957-1960).
In 1963, he put “Watermelon man” in the Top 10 of Billboard USA. The rest is musical history and many of us danced to his recordings for a very long time: