Dámaso Pérez Prado was a Cuban bandleader, pianist and composer who popularized the mambo in the 1950s. He frequently made brief appearances in films, primarily of the rumberas genre. The success of his orchestra and hits such as “Mambo No. 5” earned him the nickname “King of the Mambo”. His stage name was simply Pérez Prado, although his brother Pantaleón also used the same name in the 1970s, which led to confusion. Pérez Prado became a naturalized citizen of Mexico in 1980, where he died in 1989. His son, Pérez Jr., continues to direct the Pérez Prado Orchestra in Mexico City to this day.
|Birth name:||Dámaso Pérez Prado|
|Also known as:||“Prez” Prado, “The King of the Mambo”|
|Born:||December 11, 1916, Matanzas, Cuba|
|Died:||September 14, 1989, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, arranger, bandleader, composer|
|Associated acts:||Sonora Matancera, The Pérez Prado Orchestra|
|IMDb:||Pérez Prado’s IMDb|
About Dámaso Pérez Prado
Cuban musician who is known as the “King of Mambo.”
He played piano and the organ as a child.
His cha-cha version of “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for 10 straight weeks.
He had two children with his wife.
Prado and Cachao Lopez are well known Mambo dancers.
Information related to Pérez Prado
- Mambo musicians
- Cuban emigrants to Mexico
- Cuban pianists
- Cuban bandleaders
- Musicians from Mexico City
- Cuban composers
- Naturalized citizens of Mexico
- Big band bandleaders
- RCA Victor artists
- 20th-century pianists
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