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Lina Romay Collection

Daughter of a Mexican diplomat, Lina Romay got her start in show business with Latin music pioneer Xavier Cugat who offered her a job as one of his "beautiful ladies who could sing."

42 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 19 hours, 40 min)
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"Lina Romay Show: La Cucuracha"



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Lina Romay

Latin American culture and bilingualism are becoming more and more mainstream every day, but this was not always the case as you moved north of the Rio Grande. As much as America wants to present itself as a melting pot, American culture is not always willing to accept change, although a girl with a pretty face and music that is good to dance to helps enormously.

Lina RomayMaria Elena “Lina” Romay was born in Brooklyn in 1919. Her father was a diplomat who worked as an attache' in the Los Angeles Mexican consulate office. During her teens, Lina became an adept swimmer and diver and cut quite an attractive figure in a bathing suit for quite some time. Moreover, she was an excellent singer and thanks to her family background (her mother, Lillian, was of Irish and Norwegian descent) she was able to sing equally well in English and Spanish.

Soon after graduating from high school, Lina was asked to sing at an event honoring her father. The event was large enough that a Detroit radio station offered her a spot on a weekly 15-minute radio program. Soon after premiering, the program was heard by Latin music pioneer Xavier Cugat who offered her a job.

Cugat helped to popularize tango, rhumba, conga, cha-cha, and mambo beats with the Big Band generation and led the house band at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. In addition to his exotic beats, Cugat made it a policy to have “beautiful ladies who could sing” in front of his band. Lina later said that her two years working with Cugat “was like putting a glove on a hand”.

An MGM talent scout spotted Lina singing at the Waldorf and offered her a seven-year movie contract in 1943. She went on to make 15 films and Hollywood made almost as much of her Latin heritage as it did of her good looks. Her films included Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) with Gracie Allen and Jimmy Durante, Bathing Beauty (1944) with Esther Williams, Love Laughs at Andy Rooney (1946) with Mickey Rooney, and others. Lina became a pin-up girl when she appeared on the cover of Yank magazine in the May 18, 1945, issue.

Lina met Jay Gould III, the great-grandson of the railroad baron, at a hayride in Brentwood. The couple fell in love and were married in 1953, at which point she gave up her show business career and raised three children Gould passed away in 1987. In 1980, she took a small step back into showbiz when the Hollywood Park horse racing track hired her to provide race results to Spanish-speaking radio stations. She remarried to Robert O'Brien, a former writer for Lucille Ball, in 1992. O'Brien passed away in 2005.

Lina Romay died on December 17, 2010, of natural causes in Pasadena. She was 91 years-old.

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    42 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 40 min
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      42 shows - total playtime 19 hours 40 minutes
      1. Cmd Perf 440923 139 Martha Raye, Jack Carson, Lina Romay.mp3
      2. Cmd Perf 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante.mp3
      3. Cmd Perf 450322 167 Miss Gushmores Finishing School.mp3
      4. Cmd Perf 450503 173 Tribute To Walt Disney.mp3
      5. Cmd Perf 450622 181 Herbert Marshall, Jack Haley, Les Paul.mp3
      6. Cmd Perf 450814 Victory Extra.mp3
      7. Cmd Perf 460131 209 Robert Young, Jack Benny, Chico Marx.mp3
      8. Cmd Perf 460207 210 Johnny Mercer Larry Adler Assmbld Show.mp3
      9. Cmd Perf 460505 220 Kay Kyser, Lina Romay, Esther Williams.mp3
      10. Cmd Perf 470330 258 Lina Romay Garry Moore Virginia Obrien.mp3
      11. Cmd Perf 470525 275 Meredith Willson Paulina Carter.mp3
      12. Cmd Perf 470529 Fifth Anniversary Special Assmbld Show Pt1.mp3
      13. Cmd Perf 480907 340 Lina Romay, Garry Moore, Steve Allen.mp3
      14. Cmd Perf 490329 368 Lina Romay, Ed Gardner, Danny Thomas.mp3
      15. Cmd Perf Benny Goodman, Lina Romay, Hoagy Carmichael.mp3
      16. Gi Journal 450126 080 William Bendix Arthur Treacher.mp3
      17. Kraft Music Hall 451004 Stars In Your Eyes.mp3
      18. Kraft Music Hall 451018 Chiuchiu.mp3
      19. Kraft Music Hall 451122 Tampico.mp3
      20. Kraft Music Hall 451206 Wild, Wild West.mp3
      21. Lina Romay Show 11 It Takes Two To Tango.mp3
      22. Lina Romay Show 12 Ill Si Si Ya In Bahia.mp3
      23. Lina Romay Show 13 Nein, Nein Afrs.mp3
      24. Lina Romay Show 14 Ive Got Crush On You Afrs.mp3
      25. Lina Romay Show 19 Bim Bam Boom.mp3
      26. Lina Romay Show 20 La Cucuracha.mp3
      27. Lina Romay Show 21 Conchita.mp3
      28. Lina Romay Show 27 I Yi Yi Amigos.mp3
      29. Lina Romay Show 28 Param Pam Pam.mp3
      30. Mail Call 441122 120 Bing Crosby Rise Stevens Garry Moore.mp3
      31. Mail Call 471008 267 Lina Romay, Groucho Marx.mp3
      32. Music Box Theater 471210 Thanks Million.mp3
      33. Philco Radio Time 461023 Spike Jones.mp3
      34. Philco Radio Time 461030 Les Paul Trio.mp3
      35. Philco Radio Time 461106 Skitch Henderson And Ralph Mendez.mp3
      36. Philco Radio Time 461113 Ezio Pinza.mp3
      37. Philco Radio Time 461120 Burl Ives.mp3
      38. Philco Radio Time 470122 015 George Jessel And Lina Romay.mp3
      39. Radio Hall Of Fame 431219 03 Pt.1,3] Walter Okeefe.mp3
      40. Rudy Vallee 460910 01 Great Gildersleeve.mp3
      41. Songs By Sinatra 460109 18 Some Sunday Morning Lina Romay.mp3
      42. Texaco 460220 00x Onesy, Twosey Afrs.mp3
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    42 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 40 min
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      42 shows - total playtime 19 hours 40 minutes
      1. Cmd Perf 440923 139 Martha Raye, Jack Carson, Lina Romay.mp3
      2. Cmd Perf 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante.mp3
      3. Cmd Perf 450322 167 Miss Gushmores Finishing School.mp3
      4. Cmd Perf 450503 173 Tribute To Walt Disney.mp3
      5. Cmd Perf 450622 181 Herbert Marshall, Jack Haley, Les Paul.mp3
      6. Cmd Perf 450814 Victory Extra.mp3
      7. Cmd Perf 460131 209 Robert Young, Jack Benny, Chico Marx.mp3
      8. Cmd Perf 460207 210 Johnny Mercer Larry Adler Assmbld Show.mp3
      9. Cmd Perf 460505 220 Kay Kyser, Lina Romay, Esther Williams.mp3
      10. Cmd Perf 470330 258 Lina Romay Garry Moore Virginia Obrien.mp3
      11. Cmd Perf 470525 275 Meredith Willson Paulina Carter.mp3
      12. Cmd Perf 470529 Fifth Anniversary Special Assmbld Show Pt1.mp3
      13. Cmd Perf 480907 340 Lina Romay, Garry Moore, Steve Allen.mp3
      14. Cmd Perf 490329 368 Lina Romay, Ed Gardner, Danny Thomas.mp3
      15. Cmd Perf Benny Goodman, Lina Romay, Hoagy Carmichael.mp3
      16. Gi Journal 450126 080 William Bendix Arthur Treacher.mp3
      17. Kraft Music Hall 451004 Stars In Your Eyes.mp3
      18. Kraft Music Hall 451018 Chiuchiu.mp3
      19. Kraft Music Hall 451122 Tampico.mp3
      20. Kraft Music Hall 451206 Wild, Wild West.mp3
      21. Lina Romay Show 11 It Takes Two To Tango.mp3
      22. Lina Romay Show 12 Ill Si Si Ya In Bahia.mp3
      23. Lina Romay Show 13 Nein, Nein Afrs.mp3
      24. Lina Romay Show 14 Ive Got Crush On You Afrs.mp3
      25. Lina Romay Show 19 Bim Bam Boom.mp3
      26. Lina Romay Show 20 La Cucuracha.mp3
      27. Lina Romay Show 21 Conchita.mp3
      28. Lina Romay Show 27 I Yi Yi Amigos.mp3
      29. Lina Romay Show 28 Param Pam Pam.mp3
      30. Mail Call 441122 120 Bing Crosby Rise Stevens Garry Moore.mp3
      31. Mail Call 471008 267 Lina Romay, Groucho Marx.mp3
      32. Music Box Theater 471210 Thanks Million.mp3
      33. Philco Radio Time 461023 Spike Jones.mp3
      34. Philco Radio Time 461030 Les Paul Trio.mp3
      35. Philco Radio Time 461106 Skitch Henderson And Ralph Mendez.mp3
      36. Philco Radio Time 461113 Ezio Pinza.mp3
      37. Philco Radio Time 461120 Burl Ives.mp3
      38. Philco Radio Time 470122 015 George Jessel And Lina Romay.mp3
      39. Radio Hall Of Fame 431219 03 Pt.1,3] Walter Okeefe.mp3
      40. Rudy Vallee 460910 01 Great Gildersleeve.mp3
      41. Songs By Sinatra 460109 18 Some Sunday Morning Lina Romay.mp3
      42. Texaco 460220 00x Onesy, Twosey Afrs.mp3
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    42 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 18 hours, 2 min

    Lina Romay Disc A001

    1. Cmd Perf Benny Goodman, Lina Romay, Hoagy Carmichael
    2. Lina Romay Show 11 It Takes Two To Tango
    3. Lina Romay Show 12 Ill Si Si Ya In Bahia

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    Lina Romay Disc A002

    1. Lina Romay Show 13 Nein, Nein Afrs
    2. Lina Romay Show 14 Ive Got Crush On You Afrs
    3. Lina Romay Show 19 Bim Bam Boom
    4. Lina Romay Show 20 La Cucuracha

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    Lina Romay Disc A003

    1. Lina Romay Show 21 Conchita
    2. Lina Romay Show 27 I Yi Yi Amigos
    3. Lina Romay Show 28 Param Pam Pam
    4. Radio Hall Of Fame 431219 03 Pt.1,3] Walter Okeefe

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    Lina Romay Disc A004

    1. Cmd Perf 440923 139 Martha Raye, Jack Carson, Lina Romay
    2. Mail Call 441122 120 Bing Crosby Rise Stevens Garry Moore

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    Lina Romay Disc A005

    1. Cmd Perf 450111 157 Linda Darnell Janet Blair Jimmy Durante
    2. Gi Journal 450126 080 William Bendix Arthur Treacher

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    Lina Romay Disc A006

    1. Cmd Perf 450322 167 Miss Gushmores Finishing School
    2. Cmd Perf 450503 173 Tribute To Walt Disney

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    Lina Romay Disc A007

    1. Cmd Perf 450622 181 Herbert Marshall, Jack Haley, Les Paul
    2. Kraft Music Hall 451004 Stars In Your Eyes

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    Lina Romay Disc A008

    1. Kraft Music Hall 451018 Chiuchiu
    2. Kraft Music Hall 451122 Tampico

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    Lina Romay Disc A009

    1. Kraft Music Hall 451206 Wild, Wild West
    2. Songs By Sinatra 460109 18 Some Sunday Morning Lina Romay

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    Lina Romay Disc A010

    1. Cmd Perf 460131 209 Robert Young, Jack Benny, Chico Marx
    2. Cmd Perf 460207 210 Johnny Mercer Larry Adler Assmbld Show

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    Lina Romay Disc A011

    1. Texaco 460220 00x Onesy, Twosey Afrs
    2. Cmd Perf 460505 220 Kay Kyser, Lina Romay, Esther Williams

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    Lina Romay Disc A012

    1. Rudy Vallee 460910 01 Great Gildersleeve
    2. Philco Radio Time 461023 Spike Jones

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    Lina Romay Disc A013

    1. Philco Radio Time 461030 Les Paul Trio
    2. Philco Radio Time 461106 Skitch Henderson And Ralph Mendez

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    Lina Romay Disc A014

    1. Philco Radio Time 461113 Ezio Pinza
    2. Philco Radio Time 461120 Burl Ives

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    Lina Romay Disc A015

    1. Philco Radio Time 470122 015 George Jessel And Lina Romay
    2. Cmd Perf 470330 258 Lina Romay Garry Moore Virginia Obrien

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    Lina Romay Disc A016

    1. Cmd Perf 470525 275 Meredith Willson Paulina Carter
    2. Cmd Perf 470529 Fifth Anniversary Special Assmbld Show Pt1

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    Lina Romay Disc A017

    1. Mail Call 471008 267 Lina Romay, Groucho Marx
    2. Music Box Theater 471210 Thanks Million

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    Lina Romay Disc A018

    1. Cmd Perf 480907 340 Lina Romay, Garry Moore, Steve Allen
    2. Cmd Perf 490329 368 Lina Romay, Ed Gardner, Danny Thomas

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