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Posted at 9:53 AM ET, 11/22/2010

The life and times of Charo

By Ezra Klein

Charo's Wikipedia page is sort of amazing. For instance, did you know her real name was María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Gutiérrez de los Perales Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Hinojosa Rasten?

By Ezra Klein  | November 22, 2010; 9:53 AM ET
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charo's serious musical gifts and talents were never fully appreciated, or popularized.
her former husband, xavier cugat was the leader of the orchestra for the waldorf astoria, back in the day of magnificent dancing music. he was also a seriously trained and accomplished musician, and his renditions of tango and other latin dances, introduced a whole new venue of exciting music for listening and dancing.
one of the most beautiful/haunting instrumental pieces, is the rendition of "perfidia," by xavier cugat.
it was used in the soundtrack for "days of being wild," by wong kar-wai.
if the great music of this era, and the truly exquisite genre of dancing to it, is lost to the sands of time, it will be a very big loss.
here is the perfect piece of music, by xavier cugat....
i dont think it gets better than this....

Posted by: jkaren | November 22, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

In her heyday, she was considered to be the world's foremost Flamenco guitarist. Her chops were amazing.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | November 22, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I thought she was at least in her nineties..

Posted by: jkadvany | November 22, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Ezra, what's amazing is that anyone ever believes anything Charo says.... That's not her name, and her age is not as listed and she can play guitar but not that well and can't sing either.... The only thing that's truth is that Cougat was a pedophile... and she a hustler.....

Posted by: casin | November 22, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

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