Billo's Caracas Boys - Mosaico No. 2





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Published on May 30, 2008

Classic from Venezuela's most popular big band of all time.

Dominican born "Billo" Frometa was the Tommy Dorsey of Venezuela and the Caribbean, leading a top rated tropical/latin style big band for 50 years.

Here's an example of his early 1960's work in a concept borrowed from Dorsey's "Memory Medleys".

Billo created his own version and called it a "Mosaico". This is his second Mosaico and like the Memory Medley, it features classic tunes that were hits years back but still popular with the audience.

Billo never had girl singers however. He employed different featured male singers according to the type of song.

Slow "Bolero" or "Tango" style tunes would be sang by Felipe Pirela and later Jose Luis Rodriguez.

The fast, swinging numbers were sang by Cheo Garcia, one of the finest "guaracheros" that ever walked the planet.

Billo himself would arrange and/or direct the orchestra. In his later years, he did not regularly play his instrument (the saxophone), but simply directed on stage.

Billo's had been working with his orchestra since 1939, so by this time he had perfected his particular brand of latin swing.

And he certainly had a knack for top quality musicians and singers, discovering many future superstars.


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