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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Edmundo "Don Tosti" Tostado was a musician, composer, band and orchestra leader whose illustrious career spanned more than seven decades. He was born on the March 27, 1932 in El Paso, Texas. Don Tosti rose above his humble origins in El Paso's hardscrabble Segundo barrio, becoming a child prodigy at nine years of age and playing second violin with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Following a move to East Los Angeles at the age of fifteen, he began playing saxophone first, then the bass, and formed his own swing band. He attended Roosevelt High School, becoming concertmaster for the All-City high school orchestra. His growing prowess on the string bass took him through a star-studded musical career as a jazz player with legends such as Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey, Bobby Sherwood, Les Brown and Charlie Barnett.
  In 1948 Tosti & his group, the Pachuco Boogie Boys recorded "Pachuco Boogie" which became the first million selling Latin record.
You may find a more detailed biography at Mark Guerrero's site:
There is a fine CD available put out on the Arhoolie Label entitled "Pachuco Boogie"

You may listen to the song "Pachuco Boogie" here:

You May Listen To "Crusin' Nights" Here:


Soley for historical, educational & listening pleasure.

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