Don Swan

Mucho Cha Cha Cha

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Although he had arranged for Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz, and Perez Prado, Mucho Cha Cha Cha is probably the first solo album for Don Swan, a Germanic Wisconsin native. As number "3001" in the 3000 series, it is an early Liberty LP if not the first. Swan's debut features whistling, harp, and various other gimmicky effects typical of the 1950s Hollywood style of Latin dance music. Most of the selections are no great surprise, but the gimmicks are ahead of their time. "Chatter Cha Cha" does crazy things with trumpet before Perez Prado's landmark albums, but "Dixieland Cha Cha Cha" and "Rock and Roll Cha Cha Cha" miss their mark, and "Muchachacha" is no "Mucho Muchachas" (Esquivel's hit). Liners by "Chico" Lionel Sesma and a glory of the Liberty art department round out this curious, if cheesy and nonessential, production.

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