Perez Prado, 1911-1989, was born in Cuba and by the late 1940s was leading his own orchestra in the United States and Mexico and recording for the RCA Label. While the big band era had ended Prado managed to remain popular into the early 1970s through his use of Latin rhythms and up-tempo Mambo sound.
The biggest hit of his carewer and the number one song of 1955 was his single, “Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White,” which topped all three BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 5/30/55 – 10 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 6/11/55 – 4 weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 6/4/55 – 8 weeks at number one.
“Cherry Pink And Apple Blossum White” was a French song written in 1950 and has been a widely recorded composition. His instrumental version was unique in that he changed it into a cha-cha with trumpeter Billy Regis connecting the sections. It also reached number one in the U.K.
His orchestra is still being led by his son, Perez Prado Jr.