Lim�n, Jos� E.; Mintzer, Richard
February 2005
Trailblazers: Latino Americans in Sports, Film, Music & Governme;2005, p75
This article focuses on the Hispanic Americans who achieved success and fame in the U.S. music scene. Latino music has had quite an influence on U.S. songs. From Latin Jazz to the Big Band sound of the 1930s and '40s, the infectious rhythms have had dancers moving on dance floors in clubs and ballrooms all over the country for many years. The Cha Cha, Mambo, and several other popular dances have all been the result of this popular sound. In recent years, a growing number of Latino Americans have hit the charts. Some performers follow the styles of their heritage, while others, such as Mariah Carey, have emerged with a string of mainstream pop hits. Even some non-Latinos have embraced the culture, such as Madonna and Jazz legend George Benson, who has used Latin rhythms on several of his albums and wrote and recorded a tune called El Barrio.


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