Xavier Cugat On Music

September 1, 2008

“I would rather play ‘Chiquita Banana’ and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve.”

~ Xavier Cugat (Francesc d’Asís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu) was a Catalan-Cuban-American bandleader.  January 1, 1900 – October 27, 1990

This is the original 1948 commercial produced by Disney Studios. It appeared only in movie theaters.  Read all about Chiquita here.

Now do any of you boomers remember singing  this kid’s version of the “Chiquita Song” in elementary school?   Well I do  –

I’m Chiquita Banana and I’m here to say
If you wanna get rid of your teacher in a nice sorta way
Just peel a banana and stick it on the floor
And watch your teacher go sliding out the door.


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