Al Castellano, "Speak Up Mambo"
KOSMO's VINYL of the Week:
This week we're on the corner of 53rd & Broadway, New York City, in 1955 for Al Castellanos' "Speak Up Mambo"...
"In the 1950s, NYC's Palladium Ballroom was the centre of the Latin dance music universe and all the 'mambo' heavy hitters played there regularly. I first bought this for $1 in a thrift store, based entirely on the cover (which happens to be claret and blue) and discovered the record inside was just as hot. Turns out, Al Castellanos was a Cuban bandleader that relocated in NYC and was right up there alongside Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito." - KV
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