LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC:
SAMBAS BY NORO MORALES & HIS ORCHESTRA
RHUMBAS BY DAMIRON & HIS ORCHESTRA
SEECO / VOGUE LDS074 10" LP
COVER: VG++ very slight rubbing to the top edge- no splits
VINYL: VG++ very light paperscuffs only
A miraculously well-preserved copy of the 1950s 10" featuring two stars of the latin dance scene; the Noro Morales side has an orchestra with brass and woodwind; the Damiron side just piano and rhythm.
Noro Morales was born in Puerto Rico in 1911 and came to New York in 1935, where he played briefly with the bands of Alberto Socarras and Augusto Coen before establishing the Brothers Morales (Noro-Humberto-Esy) orchestra in 1939. The 1942 Decca 78 "Serenata R¡tmica" gave Morales instant recognition. During the decade of the '40s, his and Machitos band was the most popular in NYC.
Frank Simó y Damirón, or Damirón, for short, was a classically trained pianist from the Dominican Republic who was recruited into the Billo's Caracas Boys Orchestra. He later teamed with Ernesto Chapuseaux, one of the Billo's singers (and also a Dominican), and created a long-time and successful partnership that lasted over forty years, along with Chapuseaux's wife, Panamanian-born Sylvia de Grasse. They lived all around the Caribbean, and had an extended stay in Puerto Rico, so their appeal was broad-based, and their music reflected the multiple influences that exist in the different countries of the area.