Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mongo Santamaria - LP covers & photos

"Mongo Santamaria's Afro-Cuban Drums"
1952 SMC-Pro-Art LP592
With original cover artwork by
David Stone Martin


1955 Tico vinyl 10' inch LP-137

This was originally supposed to be a Silvestre Mendez' LP, but at the time Tico felt Mongo Santamaria's name was better known.
Silvestre Mendez wrote five and sings most of the songs on this LP.

"Chango"
Mongo Santamaria And His Afro-Cubans
featuring Silvestre Mendez
1955 Tico vinyl 7' inch 45rpm EP



"Our Man In Havana" - 1959
Original vinyl LP on the Fantasy label.
(Beautiful shiny high gloss cover & red vinyl)


"Mongo In Havana"
Original 1960 vinyl LP on the Fantasy label.
(Beautiful shiny high gloss cover & red vinyl)

Great photo of Mongo on a Havana hotel balcony.
This original 1960 cover photo is impossible to find anywhere on the internet.
Both '59 & '60 recording's reissued on one CD several years ago.

Close up of Mongo Santamaria's hand while playing. 1970s
Born in 'Jesus Maria', La Habana April 7th 1917
 Died in Miami, Florida Feb. 1st, 2003

A young Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria

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