The JSA is saddened by the sudden loss of one of our most beloved volunteers, Rene Yucht. She was a dedicated worker who felt deeply about her work at the Judaica Sound Archives. She succumbed on September 27, 2010 after a brief battle with pneumonia. She will be missed by all of us at the JSA. Our heartfelt condolences to her family.
Several of the Vogue Picture records in the Recorded Sound Archives at FAU Libraries capitalize on America’s love affair with Latin rhythms during the 1930s , 40s and 50s.
During the Prohibition Era (1920-1933), Havana, Cuba was a popular tourist destination for Americans seeking fun and excitement. One of the pleasures they discovered there was the rhumba. Popularized by performers such as Spanish-Cuban bandleader Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnaz, Latin ballroom dances and rhythms became a common staple of American entertainment for decades.
Riding this wave of popularity Sav-way produced several Latin-themed recordings and a series of recorded rhumba ballroom dance lessons. By today’s standards the music seems somewhat watered down and mild. Nevertheless, these recordings give us a true representation of Americanized Latin music as it actually was during the mid-20th century.