Famous Cuban Musicians

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 1 Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: December 2, 1986

Desi Arnaz was born wealthy but lost everything in the 1933 Cuban Revolution. He paired up with his first wife, Lucille Ball, in I Love Lucy, thus inventing the modern sitcom/syndicated show format, with live audiences. He owned a production company and was the bandleader of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.

 2 Al Jourgensen

Al Jourgensen
Famous As: Singer, Music executive, Banjoist, Composer
Birthdate: October 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana

Al Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer, music producer, and musician. He is best known for founding the popular industrial metal band Ministry where he serves as the lyricist and frontman. Over the course of his four-decade-long musical career, Al Jourgensen has collborated with numerous other artists like Iggy Pop and Jello Biafra. He has also influenced numerous other musicians.

 3 Xavier Cugat

Xavier Cugat
Famous As: Conductor, Composer, Jazz musician, Singer, Bandleader
Birthdate: January 1, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Girona
Died: October 27, 1990

Xavier Cugat was a Spanish musician and bandleader. He studied classical violin as a child and began working in silent films to support his family. He grew up to become a successful musician and played a leading role in the spread of Latin music. Besides music, he was also a cartoonist and a restaurateur. He was married five times. 

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 4 Jon Secada

Jon Secada
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Jon Secada is a singer, voice actor, and songwriter. Having sold more than 15 million records, Secada is often counted among the best-selling Latin music artists. Apart from recording his own songs, he has also contributed as a songwriter for songs recorded by artists like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan. Secada has received two Grammy Awards so far.

 5 Rudy Sarzo

Rudy Sarzo
Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: November 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana

 6 La Lupe

La Lupe
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago, Cuba
Died: February 29, 1992

La Lupe was a Cuban singer best remembered for her energetic and controversial live performances. She had a prolific and successful career throughout the 1960s and 1970s, during which she was one of the most acclaimed Latin singers in the United States. One of La Lupe's recordings was featured in the 1996 American comedy film The Birdcage.

 7 Desmond Child

Desmond Child
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: October 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States
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 8 Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval
Famous As: Trumpeter, Pianist, Composer, Jazz musician, Percussionist
Birthdate: November 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Artemisa

 9 Cachao

Famous As: Double Bassist
Birthdate: September 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
Died: March 22, 2008

 10 Compay Segundo

Compay Segundo
Famous As: Cuban guitarist
Birthdate: November 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Siboney, Cuba
Died: July 13, 2003
Compay Segundo was a Cuban singer, guitarist, and composer. He is credited with inventing a musical instrument called armónico, which is a guitar-like instrument with seven strings. Compay Segundo is best remembered for forming a popular duo called Los Compadres alongside Lorenzo Hierrezuelo. The duo garnered international fame and won several Grammy Awards. 

 11 Mongo Santamaría

Mongo Santamaría
Famous As: Percussionist
Birthdate: April 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: February 1, 2003

 12 Pérez Prado

Pérez Prado
Famous As: Bandleader, pianist, composer and arranger who popularized the mambo in the 1950s
Birthdate: December 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Matanzas, Cuba
Died: September 14, 1989

 13 Rubén González

Rubén González
Famous As: Former Pianist who is said to have "forged the style of modern Cuban piano playing in the 1940s".
Birthdate: May 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
Died: December 8, 2003

 14 Juan De Marcos González

Juan De Marcos González
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 15 Paquito D'Rivera

Paquito D'Rivera
Famous As: Saxophonist, Clarinetist
Birthdate: June 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 16 Bebo Valdés

Bebo Valdés
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quivicán, Cuba
Died: March 22, 2013

 17 Ernesto Lecuona

Ernesto Lecuona
Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: August 7, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guanabacoa, Havana, Cuba
Died: November 29, 1963

 18 Orlando

Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: February 9, 2009

 19 Miguel Díaz

Miguel Díaz
Famous As: Percussionist
Birthdate: June 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Juan y Martínez, Pinar del Río Cuba
Died: August 9, 2006

 20 Manuel Galbán

Manuel Galbán
Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: January 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gibara, Cuba
Died: July 7, 2011

 21 Tatá Güines

Tatá Güines
Famous As: Cuban percussionist
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Güines, Cuba
Died: February 4, 2008

 22 Cliff Hall

Cliff Hall
Famous As: Keyboard player
Birthdate: September 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cuba
Died: June 26, 2008