September 8, 2017

20,000 Vinyl LPs 108: Chuy Reyes ~ Rumba de Cuba @ 10"


10" vinyl LP album book cover 
2nd re-issue - date unknown
photo by Styrous®

I was organizing my vinyl LP space with Lon Clark (link below) yesterday and came across this delightful 1949 gem. Chuy Reyes ~ Rumba de Cuba, was a 10" vinyl LP in a book album similar to The Nutcracker and The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony (links below). This format was common in the 40's and early 50's. Unfortunately, the record itself disappeared years before I bought it. All I have is the album but the graphics were too good to pass up.     

10" vinyl LP album book cover  interior
2nd re-issue - date unknown
photo by Styrous®

It was a mono recording, of course, and my version is a re-issue (date unknown). There was also a 45 rpm version of the album issued.    

original issue - 1949

1st re-issue - date unknown

10" vinyl LP album cover interior 
photo by Styrous®

Chuy Reyes was born in Mexico but I could not find the date. He and his Hollywood Mocambo Orchestra was the club band at the Mocambo Night Club from the time it opened on January 3, 1941. 

The mocambos (from mocambo, literally Huts) were village-sized communities mainly of runaway slaves in colonial Brazil, during the Portuguese rule. They were also called, ladeiras, magotes, or quilombos.     

Mocambos were exile communities established by fugitive Brazilian slaves between the 18th and 19th century. The purpose of these settlements was to protect the slaves from the Portuguese opposition, thanks to their hidden location, which was difficult to find for the punitive military expeditions. Mocambos were a threat to the economy and the social fabric of the slave regime, because the parasitic economy of these communities was mostly composed of theft, extortion and raiding. Though the minority of communities lived off agriculture and arms trade. Mocambos were not controlled by the government and because of the high percentage of Brazilian slaves, which incorporated one third of the total population, the number and the importance of Mocambos was continually increasing. For this reason Mocambos inhabitants were executed by punitive military expeditions and the children born in the Mocambos became property of the leaders of the exterminating expeditions.         
 The Mocambo

The Mocambo - 1941 

The Mocambo was located in West Hollywood, California, at 8588 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip and was owned by Charlie Morrison and Felix Young.      

The Mocambo - 1957 

Among the celebrities who frequented the Mocambo were Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Errol Flynn, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Henry Fonda, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Bob Hope, James Cagney, Sophia Loren, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, Grace Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Howard Hughes, Kay Francis, Marlene Dietrich, Theda Bara, Tyrone Power, Jayne Mansfield, John Wayne, Ben Blue, Ann Sothern, and Louis B. Mayer. Myrna Loy and Arthur Hornblow, Jr. celebrated their divorce there.        

The Mocambo - 1947
photographer unknown

photographer unknown

Mocambo, 1951
 photographer unknown

Mocambo - 1955 
photographer unknown 

Mocambo nightclub - 1948
photographer unknown 

The Mocambo wouldn’t allow Ella Fitzgerald to sing there, because of the color of her skin. One day Marilyn Monroe, by then a superstar, paid a visit to Charlie Morrison, the owner of the club. She made Charlie an offer: if he booked Ella, she promised she would be there, front and center, every single night of Ella’s show. Morrison agreed, because there was no star bigger than Monroe at the time (imagine the publicity!), and Ella suddenly found herself on that stage.       

photographer unknown

The club's main stage was replicated on the TV series I Love Lucy as the "Tropicana" Club. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were frequent guests at the Mocambo and were close friends of Morrison.

Lobby ~ Mocambo nightclub
photographer unknown

Chuy Reyes And His Hollywood Mocambo Orchestra ‎– 
Rumba De Cuba


Side 1:

A1 = Baracoa, Vocals – Tony Martinez (9), written by Traditional
A2 = Almendra, Vocals – Tony Gari, written by Abelardo Valdes*
A3 = Boteando, Vocals – Tony Martinez (9), written by King-Martinez
A4 = La Yuca, Vocals – Tony Martinez (9), written by Traditional
Side 2:

B1 = La Ultima Noche, Vocals – Tony Martinez (9), written by Bobby Collazo
B2  Blen! Blen! Blen!, Vocals – Tony Gari, written by Pozot-Cugat
B3 = Negra Leono, Vocals – Tony Gari, written by Antonio Fernandez
B4 = Hokey Joe, Vocals – Tony Martinez (9), written by Swan-Ricardo

Chuy Reyes And His Hollywood Mocambo Orchestra* ‎– Rumba De Cuba
Label: Capitol Records ‎– H152, Capitol Records ‎– H-152
Format: Vinyl, 10", 33 ⅓ RPM, Mono
Country: US
Original release: 1949
Re-issue: unknown
Genre: Latin
Style: Rumba
Viewfinder links:               
“Just the cover, ma’am!”            
Lon Clark          
Dave Greenslade ~ The Pentateuch of the Cosmogony      
Net links:              
Martin Turnbull ~ Mocambo: The Nightclub’s Nightclub                        
Night at the Mocambo ~ Marilyn Monroe & Ella Fitzgerald  
YouTube links:              
La Yuca              
La Ultima Noche             
Blen! Blen! Blen!
Negra Leono       
Hokey Joe       

Styrous® ~ Friday, September 8, 2017    

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