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3:35 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Bugalu

Fri. 2/22 10p: Singer, composer and bandleader Joe Cuba passed. We honor him with this encore portrait of bugalu, also variously described as "Latin soul," that hit the scene in 1966 with an original and organic concept of combining black and Puerto Rican music.

The dance club crowd went crazy and then the fad quickly faded. But what a ride along the way! Joe Cuba was one of bugalu's most popular artists, best known for the major hit "Bang Bang" that his band created on the spot one night at a club. And then there was his wacky surprise hit "I Never Go Back to Georgia." Joe was a mesmerizing storyteller.

We'll also hear some of the major bugalu stars tell their stories, including Pete Rodriguez, Johnny Colon, Gilberto Cruz, Ricky Ray, and of course Joe Cuba.

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