the Latin lover
Xavier was a real 20th-century man, who was born January 1, 1900, and who lived until he was 90. He often performed with his band while holding a chihuahua in one hand and his baton in the other.
Mrs. Xavier Cugat
One of the many remarkable things he did in his lifetime was marrying his fifth and final wife, the flamboyant Spanish-born American actress-comedienne and flamenco guitarist, Charo, when he was 66 and she was 21 or probably younger, depending when and where the question is asked. When she divorced Xavier after 12 years of marriage, and applied to become an American citizen, her "official" birth year was taken as 1951. Taking that as true means she was 15, or 16 at the most, when they married.
Xavier Cugat recorded on many different record labels, and many of his signature tunes were popular for years, but none of them more than Perfidia which he recorded in 1940, and which has since been performed by many singers and countless orchestras.
Another of Xavier Cugat's claims to fame is his career as a syndicated cartoonist. At right he is drawing one of his famous self-portrait cartoons, many of which appeared on the covers of his long-play recordings or LPs.